Michela Marafini mail
I am a particle physicist. I studied in Rome "Roma Tre" and I got my Ph.D in Paris on neutrino physics. In particular, I worked for the Memphys experiment (water Cherenkov for theta13, mass hierarchy and delta mass measurements), realizing a ton-scale prototype in order to test the proposed new electronics system of read-out. I worked on photodetection for three years and I totally built the prototype (Memphyno). During this period I worked with NIM/VME protocols. Once finished the Ph.D I move to Rome "La Sapienza" with a Centro Fermi two years post-doc, this time to use my knowledge in photodetection on medical application. I become part of this group of SBAM working on hadrontherapy. We study ion beams interactions in different targets (mainly PMMA of different shapes). In particular we studied the secondary particles fluxes and emission profile.
Currently, I am doing my second post-doc in the SBAM group; the main goal of this work is the design and the construction of a dose monitor profiler. This profiler should allows to monitor the release dose and the effective irradiated volume during a real hadrontherapy treatment.
Carlo Mancini Terracciano mail
I graduated at Rome University “Sapienza" in 2011 in particle physics. I got the Ph.D in "Roma Tre” University in 2015. I worked as a Fellow at CERN within the Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN “ENTERVISION” on the development and benchmarking of Carbon ion breakup models in the energy range relevant for hadrontherapy. I am currently working on the development of a probe to help surgeons to perform a complete tumour resection using beta minus radio tracers.
Martina Senzacqua mail
I studied Biomedical Engineering at Rome University "Sapienza", I graduated in March, 2013.
My thesis work, carried out in the ARPG group, has been performed in the framework of the TOP-Implart project, whose purpose is the realization of a hadrontherapy center at the National Cancer Institute Regina Elena, IFO. I studied, by means of Monte Carlo simulations with the FLUKA code, the distribution of the dose released by particles escaping from the beampipe in the environment where the linear accelerator will be installed, and I evaluated the efficiency of several shielding systems.
I'm a PhD student in accelerator physics at the Department of Physics of the University of Rome "Sapienza " and I am working on the optimization of laser-plasma acceleration techniques, for a possible use in hadronterapy.
In particular, my PhD work focuses on the study of the photoproduction process obtained by the impact of high-energy electron beam on solid target and of the characteristics of the proton beam produced by this interaction.
Elena Solfaroli Camillocci mail
I am an experimental physicist working on elementary particles and applied physics. I have many years’ experience in detectors for charged particle identification and tracking, Monte Carlo simulations and data analysis.
From 2002 to 2012, I was member of the ATLAS Collaboration at CERN in Geneva (Switzerland). The ATLAS experiment resulted in the observation of the decays of the Higgs boson. I was involved in this experiment since the detector construction and tests, the installation and commissioning at the CERN laboratory and, then, during the data taking and analysis. I studied in details and tested the trigger detectors and the tracking chambers of the ATLAS muon spectrometer for the muon momentum measurement. I was responsible of the ATLAS level-1 muon trigger logic simulation and of the development of the diagnostic tool that provides fast global detector monitoring and detailed description of single muon channel performance (>300 thousand channels). Based on the know-how in the muon detectors and trigger, I contributed to Higgs discovery studying the decay in 4 leptons (H->ZZ*->4l) with first Monte Carlo simulation and then data analysis. My contributions to the ATLAS experiment started with the degree thesis (Sapienza Università di Roma 2002-2003) and the Physics PhD study (Università di Roma Tor Vergata 2003-2007), and continued during two Post-Doc research fellows (Sapienza Università di Roma and INFN 2007-2012).
Between 2012 and 2014, I worked at the Istituto Italiano di Tecnologia (IIT) as Post-Doc researcher. I am involved in the feasibility study of the radioguided surgery (RGS) technique exploiting β- decays, which is a novel technique for complete tumor resection. I have designed and developed the first intraoperative β- probe prototype, both with Monte Carlo simulation and tests in laboratory, the phantoms and the test procedures specific for the β- based RGS technique validation. Since 2014, I am a temporary researcher in the Dept of physics on the Unviersity "La Sapienza"
Giacomo Traini mail
I studied particle physics at Rome University "La Sapienza" and I graduated in 2014. For my thesis I worked within the ARPG group, studing the production of beta+ emitters in a PMMA target irratiated by Helium beam, for dose monitoring purposes. In particular I performed analysis on data acquired during an experiment realized at HIT hadrontherapy center in Heidelberg in 2014. Now I am a phisycs Phd student in Rome University "La Sapienza"; my research activity is focused on the development of a dose profiler monitor for hadrontherapy treatments. In paricular I'm dealing with the realization and test of trigger and readout system of the apparatus.
Marco Toppi mail
I studied particle physics at the University of Rome ”Tor Vergata”. I graduated within the ATLAS group of Tor Vergata working on the development of a new generation of RPCs gas detector for heavy irradiation environments applications. My research activity during the PhD has been focused on the study of the nuclear fragmentation processes in the interaction of light ion beams with different thin targets. In particular I dealt with the analysis of the data acquired at GSI laboratories with the FIRST (Fragmentation of Ions Relevant for Space and Therapy) experiment, for the measurement of fragmentation differential cross sections. Currently, my post-doc activity focus on the measurements of secondary particles produced in the interaction of ion beams with therapeutical energies with PMMA target, in order to study the feasibility of an on-line monitor for particle therapy treatment.
I obtained master degree at Technical University of Warsaw, Poland in 2009. My master thesis was performed during the Erasmus Programme at the University of Stuttgart, Germany and investigated partial volume effect in diagnostic Positron Emission Tomography (Impact of SUV on defining the planning target volume in PET/CT-based radiotherapy planning). After graduating I moved on to the Doctor Scientiarum Humanorum Program at the University of Heidelberg, Germany. My PhD thesis entitled Organ motion management for optimization of fractionated ion therapy of prostate cancer at HIT have been completed and defended in 2013. During my PhD project I performed clinical work in the Heidelberg University Clinic in the Department of Radiation Therapy and Radiation Oncology and at the Heidelberg Ion Therapy Center (HIT). After the PhD I dedicated one year to work in the clinical routine of photon therapy obtaining the medical physics expert qualification (Fachkunde & Fachanerkennung). From 2015 I am a postdoctoral fellow of Rome section of National Institute of Nuclear Physics (INFN), Italy and work with Applied Radiation Physics Group (ARPG) of Sapienza University of Rome. My INFN project focuses on the analysis of charged secondary radiation produced by 4He and 12C ion beams impinging on a PMMA target. These measurements have been performed to support development of a dose profiler detector designed for ion beam therapy range monitoring.