Tomás Santos

Beneficiary of the Short-term Research Internships at the University of Texas at Austin 2023

Role MSc Student
Affiliation Institution Faculty of Sciences of University of Lisbon
Host Institution Department of Radiation Physics, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Program Area Medical Physics

Short Bio

Tomás Santos completed his BSc in Physics in 2020 at the Faculty of Sciences of the University of Lisbon. Currently, he is in the final stages of completing his MSc in Biomedical Engineering and Biophysics at the same institution. His master’s thesis focused on Automated Segmentation Approaches for Volumetric Arc Therapy (VMAT), and he conducted his research under the supervision of Sebastiaan Breedveld and Ben Heijmen at the Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

Work description

During his stay at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Tomás is going to study new approaches to Beam Angle Optimization (BAO) techniques for Intensity-Modulated Proton Therapy (IMPT). BAO involves the selection and optimization of the angles from which radiation beams are delivered to the patient’s body.

Expectations about the Short-term Research Internship

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is renowned for its groundbreaking cancer research. Through the UT Austin Program’s research internship, I aspire to acquire the skills to collaborate effectively, make meaningful contributions to the collective effort in cancer care and research, and facilitate the development of new research collaborations.

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