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Heather Whitney

Heather M. Whitney, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Physics

On Faculty since 2010
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Science Center 364


Curriculum Vitae

Vanderbilt University
Ph.D., Physics, 2009

Vanderbilt University School of Medicine
M.S., Medical Physics, 2007

Vanderbilt University
M.S., Physics, 2006

King College (Bristol, TN)
B.S., Physics and Performing & Visual Arts, 2003
Minor, mathematics
summa cum laude

  • General Physics I (PHYS221)
  • General Physics II (PHYS222)
  • Introduction to Medical Physics (PHYS311)
  • Computer Modeling of Physical Systems (PHYS334)
  • Analytical Mechanics (PHYS341)
  • Data Analysis and Presentation (PHYS345)
  • Physics of Sound (CORE338)

Dr. Whitney is interested in the basic physics research that goes into developing tools and techniques for medical physics. Her dissertation connected the radiation therapy and diagnostic imaging branches of medical physics with its ability to characterize and fully understand three-dimensional dosimeters. These dosimeters are made of gelatin and polymers and can be analyzed using magnetic resonance imaging. Later, she did research into the effects of radiation damping in nuclear magnetic resonance. She currently conducts research in radiomics of cancer imaging.

In January 2019, Dr. Whitney was awarded an R15 AREA (Academic Research Enhancement Award) grant from the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health. The three-year, $396,673 grant will fund research efforts by Dr. Whitney, four undergraduate students from Wheaton College, and collaborators at the University of Chicago and at Wheaton College. The title of the project is “Assessment of Repeatability and Robustness of Radiomics in Breast Cancer Imaging.”

Please see Dr. Whitney's CV, linked to above, for a full listing of research and mentoring activities.