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Wayne State University

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School of Medicine

Faculty Profile: Joe Rakowski

Address: 4201 St. Antoine
Detroit, MI 48201
Phone: 313-576-9616
Office Location: Office A-174 in the GROC Physics Area
Relatively recent CV: N/A
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.


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