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Lerch, Michael Professor

Head of School of Physics

  • Professor - Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Deputy Director - Centre for Medical Radiation Physics
  • Affiliate Stakeholder Advisory Panel - Illawarra Health and Medical Research Institute (IHMRI)
  • Professor - School of Physics 2018 -


Professor Michael Lerch graduated with a PhD in solid state physics in 1998. He was a founding member of the Centre for Medical Radiation Physics (CMRP) at the University of Wollongong (UOW). He is currently Head of the School of Physics at UOW. Michael is also Deputy Director of the CMRP and Leader of the Radiation Detection and Instrumentation Theme within the CMRP. The CMRP research outputs come under the Medical Physics field of research (FOR) at UOW and this FOR is ranked as being “well above world standard” (Australian Research Council Excellence in Research (ERA) initiative in 2018). 

Michael applies his expertise of electronic properties of semiconductors to the design and development of novel, solid state based sensors and instrumentation for application in radiation medicine. He has played a major role in the development of real-time, solid state radiation dosimetry systems with millimetre and sub-millimetre spatial resolution.

Michael is also interested in the optimization of radiation medicine created by the physical and semiconducting properties of engineered nano-ceramics and semiconductor devices in different radiation field environments (e.g. photons or charged particles). He is interested in the real-world implementation and application of real-time devices designed to operate in vivo from a targeted diagnostic imaging and radiotherapy point of view.

Michael's extensive experience in cutting-edge instrumentation for radiation medicine (imaging and therapy) is demonstrated by several years of undergraduate and postgraduate teaching and research at UOW. He has published over 150 journal articles and has supervised more than 25 higher degree research students to completion since 2005. His research and development projects have been realised through national and international competitive research funding agencies.

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  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Barium-doped Lanthanum Manganite Nanoparticles for Multi-modal Cancer Therapies
    Master of Research - EIS Synchroton X-ray FLASH Dosimetry
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Multimodal Therapy: A Combination of Oncothermia, Microbeam Radiation Therapy and Nano Therapy Hollis, Carolyn
    Doctor of Philosophy X-ray Imaging Assisted Treatment Planning and Quality Assurance in Microbeam Radiation Therapy Paino, Jason
    Doctor of Philosophy Radiation Dose Enhancement and Hyperthermia-induced Cancer Selective Cell Death Using Lanthanum Manganite Khochaiche, Abass
    Doctor of Philosophy 'Enhancement of Radiation Therapies Using High-Z Nanoparticles and Drugs' Valceski, Michael
    Doctor of Philosophy Investigation into the Use of Lanthanide Metal Oxide Nanoparticles for the Theranostic Treatment of Cancer Vogel, Sarah
    Doctor of Philosophy Ore Sorting for In-situ Resource Utilisation on the Moon and Mars. This research will be undertaken at CSIRO and fits with CMRP research stream. Kirkpatrick, Molly
    Doctor of Philosophy Toward Absolute Dosimetry in Proton Therapy Barnes, Micah
    Doctor of Philosophy Application of 3D Printing Technology in Fabricating Tissue-Equivalent Materials and Dosimetry Equipment for Advance Radiotherapy Medical Physics Applications Bustillo, John Paul
    Master of Research - EIS Development of a Multi-Functioning Silicon Device Detector for Dosimetry in Brachytherapy Bui, Fiona
    Master of Research - EIS Utilizing The Use Of Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) Technology In Healthcare. Mahmoud, Tabarak


  • semiconductors, radiation dosimetry, radiation therapy, solid state dosimetry, medical physics, microbeam 

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