Lerch, Michael L. F. Professor

Head of School

  • School of Physics
  • Faculty of Engineering and Information Sciences
  • Centre for Medical Radiation Physics

Overview


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 is a UOW Research Strength working within a field of research at UOW ranked as being “well above world standard” (Australian Research Council Excellence in Research (ERA) initiative in 2015). 

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 20 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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Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Microbeam Radiation Therapy Development of Instrumentation and Software Tools for Quality Assurance Cameron, Matthew
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Monolithic Silicon Transmission Pixelate Detector For Small Field Dosimetry Utitsarn, Kananan
    Doctor of Philosophy Development of a silicon-on-diamond dosimeter for Microbeam Radiation Therapy Dipuglia, Andrew
    Doctor of Philosophy Synthesis and Characterisation of Nanoparticles Such As Bismuth Ferrite For Implementation in MRI and CT Westlake, Matt
    Doctor of Philosophy Advance Nanocomposites for health protection applications Mueen, Rafid Abdlateef
    Master of Philosophy Review of Methodology for Patient Dose From Cone Beam CT Procedures in Radiotherapy Thomas, Ajay
    Doctor of Philosophy Assessing MRI-linac based Radiotherapy Uncertainties Roberts, Natalia
    Master of Philosophy One-dimensional protein compression along DNA chains Muir, Ryan
    Doctor of Philosophy Lanthanide nanoparticles for image guided multimodal therapies Engels, Elette
    Master of Philosophy Assessing and Optimising DE CTPA to Improve Patient Management Coates, Lee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Multimodal Therapy: A Combination of Oncothermia, Microbeam Radiation Therapy and Nano Therapy Hollis, Carolyn
    Doctor of Philosophy Development and Validation of a Monte Carlo Based Treatment Planning System for Microbeam Radiation Therapy Paino, Jason
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Lanthanides Image Guided Therapies Khochaiche, Abass
    Master of Science - Research (Faculty of Engineering) Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles: A sSudy of Ce^3+ ion Influence on Radioprotection Taylor, Lee
    Doctor of Philosophy Improving the Efficacy of Radiotherapy for Cancer Treatment McDonald, Marjorie

Top Publications


Selected Publications


Investigator On


Advisees


  • Graduate Advising Relationship

    Degree Research Title Advisee
    Doctor of Philosophy Microbeam Radiation Therapy Development of Instrumentation and Software Tools for Quality Assurance Cameron, Matthew
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Monolithic Silicon Transmission Pixelate Detector For Small Field Dosimetry Utitsarn, Kananan
    Doctor of Philosophy Development of a silicon-on-diamond dosimeter for Microbeam Radiation Therapy Dipuglia, Andrew
    Doctor of Philosophy Synthesis and Characterisation of Nanoparticles Such As Bismuth Ferrite For Implementation in MRI and CT Westlake, Matt
    Doctor of Philosophy Advance Nanocomposites for health protection applications Mueen, Rafid Abdlateef
    Master of Philosophy Review of Methodology for Patient Dose From Cone Beam CT Procedures in Radiotherapy Thomas, Ajay
    Doctor of Philosophy Assessing MRI-linac based Radiotherapy Uncertainties Roberts, Natalia
    Master of Philosophy One-dimensional protein compression along DNA chains Muir, Ryan
    Doctor of Philosophy Lanthanide nanoparticles for image guided multimodal therapies Engels, Elette
    Master of Philosophy Assessing and Optimising DE CTPA to Improve Patient Management Coates, Lee
    Doctor of Philosophy (Integrated) Multimodal Therapy: A Combination of Oncothermia, Microbeam Radiation Therapy and Nano Therapy Hollis, Carolyn
    Doctor of Philosophy Development and Validation of a Monte Carlo Based Treatment Planning System for Microbeam Radiation Therapy Paino, Jason
    Master of Philosophy - EIS Lanthanides Image Guided Therapies Khochaiche, Abass
    Master of Science - Research (Faculty of Engineering) Cerium Oxide Nanoparticles: A sSudy of Ce^3+ ion Influence on Radioprotection Taylor, Lee
    Doctor of Philosophy Improving the Efficacy of Radiotherapy for Cancer Treatment McDonald, Marjorie
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