Bio sketch and interests:  Nicky graduated from the University of Virginia in December of 2009 with a BS in Physics and a minor in Theater Arts. She entered the Medical Physics program at VCU in the fall of 2013 as a MS student and graduated in 2018 with her Ph.D., after spending the interim time working as the Master Electrician and a Lighting Designer at Riverside Dinner Theater and as the Math Instructional Assistant for Germanna Community College in Fredericksburg, Virginia. While at UVA, she worked with the Quantum Optics, Quantum Fields research group on Poling Lithium Tanatalate crystals for various modes of quantum entanglement and quantum tomography sparking her research interest in medical imaging. During her time as a student at VCU, she conducted research in the feasibility of conducting PET/SPECT/CT imaging with simultaneously present PET/SPECT isotopes with the Center for Molecular Imaging, researching using imaging and texture features with CT and MRI images acquired throughout patent treatment to build predictive models for tumor response in patient with non-small cell lung cancer, and using deep convolutional neural networks to predict the interface of the tumor with normal tissue under the direction of Dr. Weiss and Dr. Hugo. Nicky currently serves on the Student and Trainee Subcommittee of the AAPM and she hopes to one-day work abroad as a Medical Physicist. In her free time, Nicky enjoys fencing saber, embroidery, musical theater, tango, and learning foreign languages.

Supervisor:  Elisabeth Weiss