I have recently been awarded the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant through the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research programme for the Optimization of Medical Accelerators (OMA).
During my tenure as an OMA fellow, I will continue my doctoral research in medical physics at GSI Helmholtzzentrum für Schwerionenforschung, located near Darmstadt, Germany, designing a new 4D dose delivery system specifically suited to irradiating moving tumors such as in the lung. To develop this dose delivery system, I am collaborating with the National Centre of Oncological Hadrontherapy (CNAO), in Pavia, Italy. I will complete my degree at Louisiana State University as a milestone to becoming a certified medical physicist.
I have been elected to be the OMA Fellows Representative for the OMA Steering Committee (SC). As the representative, I will attend SC meetings and represent the fellows’ voice in making decisions on the running of the OMA project and in monitoring the progress of the fellows.
The Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship has brought me to the forefront of particle therapy research, given me the skills to manage projects and introduced me to a network of talented researchers, laying the foundations for a career in changing the face of cancer therapy.