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Physics and Biology Training Programs


Postdoctoral Medical Physics Certificate Program: The Division of Medical Physics and Engineering, in conjunction with the UT Southwestern Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, offers postdoctoral students the opportunity to earn a Certificate in Medical Physics.

Biomedical Engineering (BME) Graduate Program - Medical Physics Track: Many of the faculty in our department advise graduate students enrolled in this track. Our faculty are interested in the following research topics: cloud and GPU-based high-performance computing in medical physics and imaging, automatic radiotherapy treatment planning, image-guided radiotherapy, 3-D/4-D and low-dose and dynamic cone beam computed tomography, Monte Carlo simulation, and tumor tracking and motion compensation in real time.

Specialized Physics

PEIM and MAIA: PEIM (Program for Excellence in Intelligence Medicine) and MAIA (Medical Artificial Intelligence and Automation) were established by Steve Jiang, Ph.D., to solve clinical and biomedical research problems using artificial intelligence (AI) technology. The MAIA Lab develops and applies innovative AI tools to improve aspects of cancer radiation therapy. PEIM serves as a collaborative education resource to promote AI research in precision medicine, diagnosis, medical error detection, quality assurance, as well as other related fields.

This highly sought-after program is prominent within the radiation oncology community. Professionals in this field looking to implement an efficient practice of stereotactic body radiation therapy at their facilities are encouraged to attend. During this two-day CME course, ample knowledge and guidelines are presented so that a sustainable and successful SBRT treatment practice can be developed.

Molecular Radiation Biology 

General Radiobiology

We offer a three-credit course designed to meet the requirements for radiation oncology resident training, CAMPEP certification for medical physics, and UTSW graduate and post-doctoral training. The course covers elementary radiation physics of ionizing radiation, mutation and hereditary effects, risk for carcinogenesis, radiation sensitivity syndromes, DNA repair, cell cycle effects, normal tissue responses, tumor biology, cell death mechanisms after radiation, multi-dimensional biological models, omics analysis of radiation response, and radiation regulation of immune and inflammatory responses.