Joseph Rakowski, Ph.D.
Joseph Rakowski, Ph.D.
Address4201 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48201
Office Location: Office A-174 in the GROC Physics Area
I am the Physics Director of the GammaKnife program at Karmanos, and also serve as RSO for the department. I currently teach the introductory and advanced imaging courses and the Radiotherapy Physics course in the Graduate Program.
5/04 Ph.D., Radiological Science
Medical College of Ohio (now the University of Toledo), Toledo, OH
8/84 M.S. Hyg., Radiation Health
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health, Pittsburgh, PA
4/83 B.S., Physics
University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, PA
4/03 Therapy Physics Residency
WayneStateUniversity, Detroit, MI
Being board certified in both therapeutic and diagnostic radiologic physics, I like to incorporate both disciplines in my research. I also enjoy collaborating with the Wayne State physics department in nanoparticle and quantum dot research.
My current Research Interests include, but are not limited to:
- Motion management
- Nanoparticle enhanced radiotherapy
- 4D planning simulation and treatment
- Graphene-quantum dot photon detectors
- Low energy, high LET radiotherapy and dosimetry
- GammaKnife radiosurgery
The projects that I mentor result in at least an AAPM meeting abstract, and occasional journal article. I find that mentoring provides a great opportunity for me to learn alongside the students.
Recent Student Projects
- Michael Dumas – Master’s Thesis: Investigation to quantify sensitivity of PRESAGE dosimeter formulations in sheet form and examine gold nanoparticles dose enhancement
- Matthew Buczek – Master’s Thesis: Measurement of nanoparticle dose enhancement using radiochromic film
- Sartaj Bhullar – Master’s Thesis: Varian Trilogy/Brainlab versus Gamma Knife radiosurgery: a dosimetric comparison
- Lindsay Runyan – Master’s Thesis: Investigation of Fe3O4 nanoparticle uptake into U251 human glioma cell nuclei and their effect on cell survival and radiosensitivity
- Mark Tucker - Master’s Thesis: Low energy characteristic x-ray dosimetry of cobalt, chromium, titanium, zinc, molybdenum, and iron
- Jatinder Saini - Master’s Thesis: Phantom dose study comparing kVCT and MVCT based helical TomoTherapy of prostate in presence of bilateral hip prostheses
- Karen Chin - Master’s Thesis: The effects of neurosurgical mesh on radiation dose in the Gamma Knife
William Estabrook - Master’s Thesis: Low energy characteristic x-ray dosimetry of copper