- Rebecca "Nicky" Mahon
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 and a MS student, 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 Master's student, she conducted research in the feasibility of conducting PET/SPECT/CT imaging with simultaneously present PET/SPECT isotopes with the Center for Molecular Imaging, and she began research on 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 with Dr. Weiss and Dr. Hugo. The latter project has developed into the current focus of her PhD research which she officially began in May 2015 following graduation from the MS program. Nicky hopes to become involved in Medical Physics on the international level with the AAPM as she hopes to one day work abroad as a Medical Physicist. In her free time, Nicky enjoys fencing saber, embroidery, musical theater, tango, learning Chinese, and orchestrating the general shenanigans of the Medical Physics Scholastic Society (MPSS) as she is the 2015-1016 president.
Advisor: Elisabeth Weiss