We welcome new faculty members Anna Rodrigues (MS 2012, PhD 2016) and Kyle Lafata (MS 2015, PhD 2018). Dr. Rodrigues is Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology, Associate Director of the Duke Radiation Therapy Physics Residency Program, and an active member of AAPM committees such as MedPhys 3.0. In fact, she leads off the MedPhys 3.0 video, which was made by members and alumni of our program. Her current research interests are in medical physics education, failure mode and effects analysis for PET quality management in radiation therapy, external radiation therapy dosimetry, and LDR eye plaque brachytherapy. In the current spring 2021 semester, she serves as the new instructor for our MP751-2 Academic Skills course.
Dr. Lafata is Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology and Radiology at Duke University. His research focuses on discovery of multiscale imaging biomarkers. Dr. Lafata develops mathematical methods and computational techniques to interrogate disease on both radiological images (radiomics) and digital pathology images (pathomics). His approaches are based on computer vision, statistical pattern recognition, and the applied analysis of differential equations. Learn more about his research at his website.