Patrick Papin, Ph.D.
Associate Dean for Graduate & Research Affairs, College of Sciences
Professor of Physics
Ph.D. University of California Los Angeles, UCLA 1985
Professor Patrick Papin received his B.S. degree in physics from Cleveland State University, his M.S. degree in radiological physics from San Diego State University, and took his Ph.D. in biomedical physics from UCLA. He joined the physics faculty at SDSU in 1985. He has served as Chair of both the Department of Physics and the University Senate. He also has served as Interim Dean of the College of Sciences and currently holds the position of Associate Dean. He is actively involved in the Department of Physics mentoring and advising students in the medical and health physics program.
His research interests include computer modeling of radiation transport. His models predict dosimetric quantities as well as medical image quality. This work uses x-ray/gamma ray and optical Monte Carlo simulations of detectors and imaging systems for x-ray radiography, nuclear medicine, and radiation therapy. He is also involved in experimental work employing CZT detectors, x-ray cameras, and scintillator detectors. His experimental radiation therapy research includes collaborations with Grossmont Hospital/Sharp HealthCare, San Diego Gamma Knife Center, and Sharp Memorial Hospital. This work involves the development of advanced radiation therapy procedures for treatment of cancer and radiation protection. Current research topics include developing Stereotactic Radiosurgery Techniques utilizing Tomotherapy, evaluation of integral dose in Intensity Modulated Radiotherapy and evaluation of methods for treatment of prostate cancer.