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Wazir Muhammad, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor – Medical Physics, Department of Physics, Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL
Associate Research Scientist, Yale School of Medicine, Yale University, New Haven, CT (May 01, 2017 – August 31, 2019
Wazir Muhammad, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of medical physics in the Department of Physics at the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. His research team is working in the following areas:
Current Lab Members (MP-Owls)
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Shreen Fathallah joined Muhammad’s lab in the Fall of 2019 for both her Ph.D. in Physics and her Professional Master’s degree in Medical Physics (PSMMP) research. She received her PSMMP in the fall of 2020. Previously, Shreen Fathallah got her Bachler, Premaster, and master’s degree in Nuclear Physics, from Cairo, Egypt. Her research interests include particle therapy, specifically proton therapy as it is distinguished as a vital modality among radiation therapy for cancer treatments due to its unique radiation coverage to the tumor and protection around healthy tissue.
Proton therapy has the advantage of delivering a conformal dose to the treatment volume sparing the healthy tissue. However, it is a complex field with uncertainties in dose calculations. Her current interests are to study the variation in proton therapy dose distributions using Monte Carlo simulations such as Geant4 and TOPAS. Along with research in medical physics, she is also interested in philosophy and Music.
Saad bin Saeed Ahmed
Saad Bin Saeed Ahmed joined Muhammad’s lab Spring 2023. He was a research associate at the same lab from August 2021 to April 2022. Previously he completed a bachelor’s in Physics at the University of Karachi in 2013 and joined the Medical Physics Training Program at Aga Khan University Hospital. After completing of traineeship in 2015, he started working as Medical Physicist in several university hospitals in Pakistan. Graduated from the Master`s program in Physics at the University of Karachi in 2018 and enrolled in the Ph.D. program at the same institute. His research interests are the development of AI/ML and radionics-assisted tools for the early prediction of radiation-induced toxicities in head & neck and lung cancer patients.
Bushra Intakhab joined Muhammad’s lab in the Fall of 2022 for her Ph.D. in Physics. She received her bachelor’s in Applied Physics from the University of Karachi, and her Master’s degree in Physics from the NED University of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan. Her research interest includes artificial intelligence and machine learnings applications in radiation therapy physics.
Abdullah Hidayat joined Muhammad’s lab in fall 2022 for his Ph.D. in physics and professional Science master’s in Medical physics (PSMMP) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) Fall 2022 Previously he received his bachelor degree in physics from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, Hazara University Mansehra Pakistan, . His research interests are the development of AI/ML and radiomics assisted tools for early prediction of radiation induced toxicities in head & neck and lungs cancer patients.
Muhammad Hamza Abbasi
Muhammad Hamza Abbasi Ph.D. Physics student at the Dr. Muhammad's lab where he is exploring the applications of deep learning and AI in medical physics, with a focus on cancer treatment and diagnosis. Previously, he completed his Bachelor's degree in Applied Physics from NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi, where he conducted research on the modelling of the Ionospheric E layer with SUPARCO. After that, he pursued his Master's degree in Medical Physics from PIEAS, Islamabad, where he worked on the development of synthetic CTs for MR-based radiotherapy. His research in these areas earned him a gold medal for academic excellence. After graduation, he worked as Clinical Medical Physicist at Cancer Care Hospital, Lahore for 2 years.
New students are welcome to join to become a valuable member of the lab.
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Panagiota Galanakou, Ph.D.
Panagiota Galanakou graduated with a Ph.D. in Physics, Summer 2023; Admitted as a Medical Physics resident at the University of Miami, Miami, FL.
Panagiota Galanakou joined Muhammad’s lab Fall of 2019 for her Ph.D. in Physics. Previously, she received her bachelor’s degree in Physics from the University of Ioannina, Greece, Fall 2015. After an Erasmus placement student fellowship at Stockholm University in Sweden, she joined the Ph.D. program in Physics and Professional Science Master’s in Medical Physics (PSMMP) at Florida Atlantic University (FAU) in the fall of 2016. She passed the qualifying exams for the Ph.D. program one year later, and in 2019 she also got her PSMMP degree. In 2020, she got her Master’s in Physics, and she also passed the Therapeutic Medical Physics Initial Qualifying Part 1 exam from the American Board of Radiology. Her research focuses on the development of new methods for facilitating proton range monitoring during proton therapy via prompt gamma rays emission using TOPAS and GEANT4 Monte Carlo packages. Other research interests include carbon ion range uncertainties, computational medical physics, medical errors, and preventive actions in clinical practice. She has several publications and presentations at national/international conferences and meetings.
Adnan Muhammad Shah, Ph.D.
Dr. Adnan Shah is currently working as a Postdoctoral Researcher at the University of Hamburg, Germany. Previously, he worked as a postdoctoral associate at Muhammad’s Lab, Florida Atlantic University till April 2022.
He received his Ph.D. in Information Systems from the Harbin Institute of Technology, China. Dr. Shah’s core research areas and expertise include Machine Learning, Biomedical Data Mining, Big Data Analytics, Information Retrieval, and Natural Language Processing. Dr. Shah presented his research work at A-level conferences such as AMCIS, HICSS, Smart Health, PACIS, and CSWIM. He has published and has also been a peer reviewer of several journals such as the International Journal of Medical Informatics, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, Information Processing and Management, Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, Information Technology and People, etc.
Mukunda Pudasaini, Ph.D.
Mukunda Pudasaini graduated with a Ph.D. in Physics, Fall 2022. Currently, he is affiliated with the Precess Medical Derivatives, Inc and serving as a Junior Clinical Medical Physicist at Princeton Baptist Medical Center, Birmingham, AL.
Mukunda Pudasaini joined Muhammad Lab in the Fall of 2019. He received his Professional Science Master’s in Medical Physics (PSMMP) in the Fall of 2018 and his MS in Physics in the Summer of 2016 from FAU. He also passed the ABR part I exam in the year 2018. His research was focused on prediction of radiobiological indices and equivalent uniform dose in lung cancer radiation therapy using an artificial neural network.
His research interest lies at the intersection of machine learning and radiation treatment of cancer, with a specific focus on personalized treatment.
Taindra Neupane, Ph.D.
Taindra Neupane graduated with a Ph.D. in Physics, Spring 2022; now working as a postdoc leading to Medical Physics residency at the Department of Radiation Oncology, Thomas Jefferson University, Philadelphia, PA.
Taindra Neupane joined Muhammad Lab in the Fall of 2019. He received his Ph.D. in Physics majoring in Medical Physics (Applications of Physics in Medicine) in the Spring of 2022. His research was focused on the development & validation of the Monte Carlo (MC) dose models for advanced linacs (CKM6, EDGE radiosurgery systems) using EGSnrc and evaluation of dosimetric uncertainties in the small and very small-fields dosimetry (SRS/SBRT) using MC simulations. He also gained clinical experience such as quality assurances, commissioning of modern medical linacs, treatment planning with the Eclipse, Accuray Precision, and dosimetric measurements using multiple radiation detectors used in modern radiation therapy. His Ph.D. dissertation title was “Efficacy of the virtual cone method using fixed small multi-leaf collimator field for stereotactic radiosurgery”. He is working as a post-doctoral researcher.
Alejandro Llanes, PSMMP
Alejandro Rene Llanes Lopez graduated with a PSMMP degree Spring 2023. Currently, he is a Junior Clinical Medical Physicist at Miami Cancer Institute, Miami, FL.
Alejandro Rene Llanes Lopez joined Muhammad Lab in the Fall of 2021 for his master’s thesis. He is currently a Medical Physics Assistant at Baptist Miami Cancer Institute with previous experience in Dosimetry. He graduated in April of 2021 with Honors from a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Florida Atlantic University. For his master’s thesis, he worked on “Analysis and Improvement of Proton Shielding Centers through Monte Carlo (MC) Simulations” using TOPAS.
Shahabeddin M. Aslmarand, PSMMP,Ph.D.
Shahabeddin M. Aslmarand graduated with PSMMP from Muhammad’s lab in Spring 2022; now he is a Medical Physics Resident at the Fox Chase Cancer Center Residency, Philadelphia, PA.
Shahabeddin M. Aslmarand joined Muhammad Lab in the Spring of 2020 for his Master’s thesis. He was a dual major and also received his Ph.D. in physics in Spring 2022. For his Master’s thesis, he worked on designing an artificial intelligence algorithm that can classify lung nodules.
Samaneh Rikhtehgaran, PSMMP, Ph.D.
Samaneh Rikhtehgaran graduated with PSMMP in Summer 2021 and she is a Medical Physics Resident at the Baylor Scott and White Health, Texas A&M Health College of Medicine.
Samaneh Rikhtehgaran joined Muhammad’s lab in 2021 for her Master’s in Medical Physics thesis. Her thesis was about efficient machine learning algorithms for identifying risk factors for prostate and breast cancers among males and females. Her other areas of expertise are water desalination and biophysics. She was also a dual major and received her Ph.D. in Summer 2023. candidate in physics at Florida Atlantic University.
Afrouz Ataei, PSMMP, Ph.D.
Afrouz Ataei graduated with PSMMP in Spring 2021, and she is a Medical Physics Resident at the Department of Radiology, Medical Physics, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Afrouz Ataei joined Muhammad Lab in the Fall of 2020 as a PSMMP student. During her Master’s thesis, she developed, trained, and tested an artificial neural network (ANN) using health data to predict liver cancer risk. Her results indicate that ANN can be used to predict liver cancer risk with changes in lifestyle and may provide a novel approach to identify patients at higher risk and can be bene ted from early diagnosis. Her areas of interest are sperm sorting, microfluidics, diagnostic bioimaging, and radiation therapy physics. She was also a dual major and received her Ph.D. in Summer 2022. candidate in physics at Florida Atlantic University.
Shawn String, PSMMP
Shawn String graduated with the PSMMP in Summer 2020, and he is a Medical Physics Resident at the Vassar Brothers Medical Center, Poughkeepsie, NY. He also worked as a Junior Medical Physicist at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale
Shawn String joined Muhammad Lab in the Fall of 2019 as a PSMMP student. Previously, he received his bachelor’s degree in Physics from Florida Atlantic University in 2018 and joined the PSMMP program at FAU that same year. For the Master thesis, he worked on a project to simulate a Varian ProBeam Compact proton therapy machine using the GEANT4 Monte Carlo toolkit. He graduated from the PSMMP program in 2020 and start working as a Junior Medical Physicist at Holy Cross Hospital in Fort Lauderdale.