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Professional Experience

2023-present: Professor of Radiation Oncology Physics, University of Manchester/The Christie hospital

2017-2023: Senior lecturer in the Radiotherapy-Related Research Group directed by professor Marcel van Herk at the University of Manchester/The Christie hospital

2017-present: External associate professor at the Nuffield department of population health, University of Oxford, UK.

2011-2017: External associate professor at the University of Copenhagen (both at Niels Bohr Institute, and at the Faculty of Health Sciences), Denmark

2010-present: Member of the teaching faculty of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology

2009-2016: Senior research physicist in the Multidisciplinary Radiation Research Group directed by professor Lena Specht, Department of Oncology, Rigshospitalet, Copenhagen, Denmark

Role: supervision of medicine and physics PhD students, support in strategic decisions for the research group, management of external collaborations, writing of clinical protocols and funding applications, etc...

2006-2009: Clinical medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Oncology, Rigshospital

2005-2006: Clinical medical Physicist, Department of Radiation Oncology, Herlev Hospital

1999-2001: Medical Physics resident, Toronto-Sunnybrook Cancer Center, Toronto, Canada



2005: PhD in Physics from the Niels Bohr Institute, University of Copenhagen

Development and testing of a new optical fibre dosimeter based on Optically Stimulated Luminescence (OSL) and Radioluminescence (RL) for application in radiation therapy and mammography  (at Risø National Laboratory, supervisor: Stig Steenstrup)


2000: MSc in Medical Radiation Physics from McGill University, Montreal, Canada

Development and testing of a new breast cancer screening system based on positron emission tomography (at the Montreal Neurological Institute, supervisor: Chris J Thompson).


1997: BSc from the National Institute of Applied Sciences (INSA), Rouen, France

1992: Baccalauréat with specialization in maths and physics (mention très bien, summa cum laude)





At the University of Manchester

"Problem based learning" Semester 4, Dentistry students, FBMH (2018-present)

At the University of Copenhagen: "Introduction to Medical Imaging" (course director; audience: engineering BSc students 2011-2014); “Medical use of ionizing radiation” (audience: engineering MSc students, 2011-2014); "Molecular Imaging in Oncology and Haematology" (2012, co-director, audience: medical PhD students), “Clinical Cancer Research” (2013-2015, audience: medical PhD students)


For the European Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology (ESTRO, audience: radiation oncology professionals): “Multi-disciplinary management of breast cancer” (2010-present); "Image-guided radiation therapy" (2011-present, course director from 2014); "Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy" (2012-2015).


Other:  “Varian Advanced Techniques Clinical School”: international course for radiation oncology professionals (2009-2015); Oncology course for radiographer students (Metropol, Copenhagen, 2012-2015).


Memberships of committees and professional bodies

Member of the Scientific Advisory Group for ESTRO annual meeting

Council Member of the International Lymphoma Radiation Oncology Group (ILROG)

Member of the Danish Association of Medical Physicists

Member of the editorial advisory board for the European Journal of Surgical Oncology;

Member of the editorial board for Frontiers of Physics-Biomedical Physics;


Prizes and awards

2015: Researcher of the Year, Department of Oncology, Rigshospitalet, Denmark.

2001: Recipient of the JR Cunningham award. This prize is awarded for “excellence in research shown by a physics resident” in Toronto hospitals (Princess Margaret and Sunnybrook).

2000: First place award of the Journal of Nuclear Medicine for the paper “Results of preliminary clinical trials of the positron emission mammography system PEM-1, Murphy K, Aznar M, Thompson CJ et al.”

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 5 - Gender Equality

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Copenhagen

Award Date: 20 May 2005

Master in Science, Development and testing of a new breast cancer screening system based on positron emission tomography , McGill University

Award Date: 1 Jun 2000

External positions

Associate professor, Oxford University

2017 → …

Associate professor, University of Copenhagen

2011 → …

Areas of expertise

  • RZ Other systems of medicine
  • Cancer
  • Radiotherapy
  • QC Physics
  • Medical physics
  • Imaging

Research Beacons, Institutes and Platforms

  • Cancer
  • Christabel Pankhurst Institute
  • Manchester Cancer Research Centre


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