Jay Burmeister, Ph.D.

Jay Burmeister, Ph.D.

Jay Burmeister, Ph.D.


Karmanos Cancer Center
Gershenson ROC 4100 John R GE00RO
Detroit, MI 48201
Office Location: SE Corner of the GROC Physics Area

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I have been a faculty member with the WSU School of Medicine since 1999. In addition to directing the Medical Physics Graduate Program, I also teach the "Introduction to Radiological Physics", "Radiation Dosimetry", and "Seminar" courses.

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Research Interests

My research projects are all within the domain of radiation oncology physics, although some lean slightly toward radiobiology. The vast majority are clinically oriented.

My current Research Interests include, but are not limited to:

  • IMRT Delivery/Optimization/QA
  • Tomotherapy
  • MR Guided Radiotherapy
  • Charged Particle Radiotherapy
  • High LET Radiotherapy and RBE Evaluation
  • Microdosimetry
  • Safety and QA in Radiotherapy


The projects I oversee often involve evaluating the latest clinical technology and its implementation and utility for particular applications. These projects usually give students some hands on clinical experience while engaging in a potentially publishable research project.

Recent Student Projects:

  • Geoff Baran - IGRT for Lung SBRT: MVCT vs kV-CBCT for Targets Subject to Respiratory Motion
  • John Gallo - Single Fraction Spine SBRT End-To-End Testing on Tomotherapy, Vero, TrueBeam, and Cyberknife Treatment Platforms Using a Novel Anthropomorphic Phantom
  • Robyn Spink - Quality and Deliverability of Intensity Modulated Neutron Radiotherapy (IMNRT) Plans
  • Raminder Sandhu - Evaluation of Daily Patient Setup Uncertainties
  • Steven Laub - A Technical Evaluation of Tomotherapy’s Automatic Roll Correction Feature
  • Nathan Whitmore - Observances in Delivery Quality Assurance for Tomotherapy
  • Bo Zhao - Beyond the DVH – Spatial and Biological Radiotherapy Treatment Planning
  • Cory Knill - A Novel Technique for Correcting Interleaf Edge Modeling Errors
  • Michael Snyder - Dose Escalation in Prostate Cancer Using Intensity Modulated Neutron Radiotherapy
  • Todd Bossenberger - Clinical Commissioning of an Empirical Electron Cutout Algorithm and a Treatment Planning Algorithm for Total Body Irradiation
  • Mubin Shaikh - Biological effect of different IMRT delivery techniques: SMLC, DMLC and Helical TomoTherapy
  • Rana Al-Khayyat - Quantitative Evaluation of IMRT Delivery Accuracy
  • Shalini Pandya - Effect of Fluence Smoothing on Plan Quality and Delivery Accuracy in Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy
  • Yixiang Liao - Use of Biological Indices for Optimization of Radiotherapy Treatment Plans
  • Yun Wang - Image Guided Neutron Radiotherapy: A Six Degree Correction Method Using Implanted Fiducial Markers
  • Yimei Huang - Effects of Dose Averaging on Tissue Response
  • Scott Symington - Methods for Biological Plan Evaluation in Radiotherapy
  • Adam Evearitt - State of the Art in Image Guided Radiotherapy
  • Pinky Sharma - Leakage Characteristics of Two Common Multi Leaf Collimators and the Implications for Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy
  • Jianxing Gong - Super-IMPOSE (Intensity Map Pre-treatment OverSight & Evaluation) – A Software Package for IMRT QA and its Clinical Application
  • Lifeng Lin - MPACT – Multi-parameter Plan Analysis and Comparison Tool
  • Nagaraju Mogili - Effects of IMRT Treatment Time Prolongation on Tumor Cell Survival
  • Bin Yao - Quantitative Verification of IMRT Intensity Maps Using an Amorphous Silicon Electronic Portal Imager
  • Pushkar Desai - MLC Quality Assurance for IMRT Delivery
  • Ahmed Aly - Implementation of an Algorithm to Determine Electron Output and Dmax Depth for Small Field Sizes and Large Air Gaps
  • Adrian Nalichowski - Commissioning and Clinical Implementation of A MOSFET Dosimetry System
  • Adam Tazi - Optimization of SMLC Segment Shapes and Weights for Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer
  • Qiang Liu - Effect of Respiratory Motion on the Delivery of Breast Radiotherapy Using Both Static and Dynamic Beam Modulation
  • Nicole Alvarado - Minimization of Contralateral Breast Dose in Conventional and Intensity Modulated Breast Radiotherapy
  • Sarah Way - Inverse-Planned IMRT for Breast Radiotherapy