Contact Information:

Juergen Meyer, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Medical Physics
Radiation Oncology Department
University of Washington
University of Washington Medical Center (UWMC)
1959 N.E. Pacific Street, Box 356043
Seattle, WA 98195-6043, USA
e-mail: juergen@uw.edu
telephone: (206) 598-4236
fax: (206) 598-6218
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Juergen studied Medical Engineering in Germany and Medical Instrumentation in the UK. After a brief spell in industry he completed his PhD in Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy in the UK. This was followed by a postdoctoral position as Senior Fellow at the University of Washington Medical Center, where he was part of an industry sponsored international research consortium on intensity modulated radiation therapy and also worked in close collaboration with the Department of Radiology on the integration of PET imaging into treatment planning. He then moved to the University Hospital in Wuerzburg Germany where he completed a Medical Physics residency in the Department of Radiation Oncology and then worked as a Clinical Medical Physicist. Besides clinical work Juergen was strongly involved in research investigating the possibility of real-time correction of respiratory induced tumor movement using a robotic couch and he was also part of an international consortium on image-guided radiation therapy. In 2006 he accepted a position in his wife's home country, New Zealand, as Senior Lecturer in Medical Physics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch. He became the Director of Medical Physics in 2009. During his time at Canterbury he taught several postgraduate courses in Medical Physics and supervised about 30 postgraduate students in all areas of Medical Physics. He was also the Chair of the NZ branch of the Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM). In 2012 Juergen returned to the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Washington Medical Center as Associate Professor of Medical Physics.

Current Research Opportunities:


Proton Microbeam Radiotherapy

Development of a spatially modulated high dose rate proton beam for radiobiological experiments to investigate the extraordinary normal tissue sparing effects observed on synchrotrons.

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Optical Calorimetry

Development of an energy independent radiation dosimeter for high dose rate applications based on digital holographic interferometry.

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An augmented reality based patient positioning and monitoring system, which used the Kinect camera for depth measurements.


Coventry University, UK School of Mathematical and Information Sciences
1998-2001 PhD in Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy
Coventry University, UK School of Natural and Environmental Sciences
BSc (Hons) in Medical Instrumentation
University of Applied Sciences Ulm, Germany
Precision Engineering/Mechatronics
Dipl. Ing. (FH) in Medical Engineering

Professional experience:

University of Washington, Department of Radiation Oncology, Seattle, USA
Associate Professor
since 2012
University of Canterbury, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Christchurch, New Zealand
Senior Lecturer, Director Medical Physics (2009-12)
University of Wuerzburg, Department of Radiation Oncology, Wuerzburg, Germany
Residency/ Clinical Medical Physicist
University of Washington, Department of Radiation Oncology, Seattle, USA Senior Fellow
Schmitt GmbH, Erlangen, Germany
Design and Precision Engineer
Siemens Medical Engineering, Forchheim, Germany
Student Medical Engineer 1996-97
Aalborg Sygehus Syd University Hospital, Department of Radiation Oncology, Aalborg, Denmark
International industrial student placement (6 months)

Current and past clinical and research interests:

  • Spatially modulated mini/microbeam radiotherapy
  • Lung tumor motion modelling and compensation
  • Use of augmented reality (AR) and the Kinect camera for patient positioning, monitoring and safety
  • Digital holographic interferometry for microbeam radiotherapy (MRT) dosimetry
  • Spectral CT imaging with the Medipix detector
  • CVD diomond detectors for radiation dosimetry
  • Stereotactic radiation therapy (SBRT)
  • Deformable image registration and adaptive radiation therapy (ART)
  • Image-guided radiation therapy (IGRT)
  • Intensity-modulated radiation therapy (IMRT)
  • Beam-angle optimization
  • Bayesian networks and decision making
  • Cone-beam computed tomography and 6D position correction with robotic couch
  • 4D computed tomography


  • Medical Physics Expert, MPE, Germany (2004)
    • Certificate of radiation protection competence, Bavarian State Office for Environmental Protection (German State regulatory body), Category: Linear accelerator (2004) and brachytherapy (2005)
  • Radiation licensee, New Zealand (2007–2012)

Professional memberships:

  • Institute of Physics and Engineering in Medicine (IPEM), since 1999
  • German Society for Medical Physics (DGMP), since 2005
  • Australasian College of Physical Scientists and Engineers in Medicine (ACPSEM), since 2007
    (Vice chair NZ branch, 2009-10, chair 2011-2012)
  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine (AAPM), since 2012
    (Member of the AAPM European Affairs Subcommittee)



  • Physics laboratory (PHYS281), 2007-9
  • Experimental Physics (PHYS285), 2010


  • Radiation Therapy (MDPH405), 2007-11
  • Radiation Biology and Radiation Protection (MDPH404), 2007-11
  • Research Tools (PHYS/MDPH407), 2009-11

Invited teaching courses

  • New Zealand Medical Physicist Registrar Training: An Introduction to Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (Pre-conference workshop). In New Zealand Physics and Engineering in Medicine. 2007. Wellington, New Zealand, November 06.-07, 2007.
  • New Zealand Medical Physicist Registrar Training: An Introduction to Image-guided Radiation Therapy (Pre-conference workshop), Engineering and Physical Sciences in Medicine and the Australian Biomedical Engineering Conference (EPSM ABEC 2008), Christchurch, New Zealand, 2008
  • Rationale, benefits and limitations of inverse planning and IMRT. ACPSEM Inaugural Summer School on IMRT– EPSM 2009, The Canberra Hospital/Hotel Realm, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 6-7 November 2009
  • Issues in IMRT: radiation protection, leaf modelling, planning with intensity levels, smoothing, leaf segmentation. ACPSEM Inaugural Summer School on IMRT– EPSM 2009, The Canberra Hospital/Hotel Realm, Canberra, ACT, Australia, 6-7 November 2009
  • Research & supervisor involvement. Workshop for clinical supervisors and trainers, Nelson, NZ, 11th December 2009


  • Stuart Lansley, Synthetic Diamond X-ray Detectors for Clinical Applications, 2009 – 2011
  • Gregory Betzel, Synthetic diamonds for radiation dosimetry, 2010
  • James Eagle, Feasibility of proton microbeam radiotherapy, 2015-18
  • Peifeng Jing, Optical calorimetry for radiation dosimetry, 2014-16
  • Alicia Cavan, Pseudo-calorimetric dosimetry for Microbeam Radiotherapy (MRT) based on optical interference, 2010-2015
  • Syen Nik, Evaluating the benefits of spectroscopic imaging in discriminating biological materials, 2009–2012
  • Raja Aamir, X-ray imaging: Biomedical nanoparticles in MARS-CT, 2010-2012
  • Gregory Betzel, Synthetic diamonds for radiation dosimetry, 2009–2010
  • James Eagle, P, 4D Internal tumor location determination using surface tracking with the Kinect, 2013-14
  • Neil Campbell, Effects of modulation constraints on Volumetric Arc Therapy plan quality and efficiency, 2011-13
  • Ihab Ramadaan, Design and Validation of an Adaptive Radiotherapy Approach in External Beam Radiotherapy Treatments of Head and Neck Cancer, 2011-13
  • Jethro Donaldson, Optically Stimulated Luminescence of Mn2+ and Eu2+ in NaMgF3 and RbMgF3: Characterization in Medical Radiations, 2011-13
  • Maggie Anderson, Development of a motion phantom for gated radiotherapy, 2011-13
  • Teyu Chyou, Patient setup guidance and position monitoring in radiotherapy using 3D vision, 2011-12
  • Naomi Flatman, An analysis into the role of positron emission tomography in the treatment of cervical cancer through use of Bayesian networks, 2011-12
  • Qing Yang, Development of low-cost quality control tests for SPECT gamma cameras, 2011-12
  • Kaidi Liang, A fibre optics approach to pseudo calorimetry for radiation dosimetry, 2011 - 2012
  • Marco Serpa, Investigation of the suitability of EPID tracking for real-time verification of gated radiotherapy, 2010–11
  • Katherine Fricker, Collateral exposure: the additional dose from radiotherapy treatment, 2010–12
  • Jonathan Downs, Monte Carlo Simulation of the skin-dose modification due to immobilization devices used during IMRT head and neck treatments, 2009–12
  • David Jolly, Volumetric intensity-modulated arc therapy (RapidArc) vs. standard three dimensional conformal Radiation therapy: A comparative planning and dosimetric study within the Wellington Blood and Cancer Centre, 2009–11†
  • Jidi Sun, Implementation of 2-Step Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy (IMRT) and Arc Therapy (IMAT), 2009–10
  • Mohammad Zeidan, Measuring the Mean Glandular Dose (MGD) by Using Thermoluminescence Dosimetry (TLD), 2008-9
  • James Talbot, A Patient Position Guidance System in Radiation Therapy Using Augmented Reality, 2008-9
  • Florentina Baluti, Monte Carlo Simulations of Chemical Vapour Deposition Diamond Detectors, 2007-9
  • Andrew Blair, Skin Dose Measurement for Interventional Cardiology, 2007-9
  • Phil Satory, An Investigation into EPID flood fields independent from the linear accelerator beam, 2006-8
  • Ruth Peszynski, The creation of a procedure to verify the accuracy of delivery of prescribed radiation doses to patients in radiotherapy, 2007-8
  • Latoya Flewellen, Combining mild hyperthermia and ionizing radiation; the cell-killing effect on rodent leukemia cells, 2007-8
  • Rune Thing, Simulation of energy selective computed tomography (CT) projection data, 2010
  • Andreas Mueller, Visualization of radiation treatment parameters in an Augmented Reality environment, 2009
  • Alicia Cavan, Lung tumour modelling for radiotherapy, 2009
  • April Clark, Assessing the influence of age, sex and natural-variability in MRI-derived brain parameters from a large cohort of healthy volunteers, 2009
  • Kai Lenz, Modelling of the correlation between patient respiration and tumour movement, 2007
  • Rune Thing, Simulation of energy selective computed tomography (CT) projection data 2010-11
  • Adrien Carlu, Microbeam dosimetry by means of interferometry , 2010
  • Abdullah Alotaibi, Advanced radiation treatment planning with Prism, 2010
  • Abdullah Alotaibi, Introductory radiation treatment planning with Prism, 2010
  • Joel Rayan, Application of CVD Diamond as Thermoluminescent Dosimeter, 2009-10
  • Alicia Cavan, Lung Tumour Modelling, 2009-2010
  • Bernadette Hartmann, A self-guided tutorial for treatment planning in radiation therapy, 2008-9
  • Richard Heinz, Implementation of a cone-beam CT reconstruction algorithm, 2008


For a list of peer reviewed journal publications click here.