Tianyu Zhao, PhD

Tianyu Zhao, PhD

Professor of Radiation Oncology
Chief of Proton Medical Physics Services

Additional Titles

  • Chief of Proton Medical Physics Services


  • BS/MS, Applied Physics: Jiaotong University, Shanghai, China (2001)
  • PhD, Physics: Washington University, St. Louis, MO (2010)
  • Medical Physics Residency: University of Florida, Jacksonville, FL (2012)

Board Certifications

  • Certified by the American Board of Radiology in Therapeutic Radiological Physics (2013)


Tianyu Zhao, PhD, is a professor of radiation oncology and co-chief of Proton Therapy Physics service. Dr. Zhao earned a PhD in Physics in 2010 from Washington University in St. Louis. He joined the medical physics faculty in 2012 after completing his physics residency at University of Florida, Proton Therapy Institute. Dr. Zhao’s research interests include proton therapy and adaptive radiotherapy. He is certified in Therapeutic Radiological Physics by the American Board of Radiology.


Dr. Zhao is a young investigator endeavoring on the translation of technology to clinical application. He played a key role in developing and commissioning the world first single-room gantry-mounted proton therapy unit, and heavily involved in the development of the next generation of single-room spot scanning proton therapy unit.  Funded by an industry grant, he is developing tools and workflow for adaptive proton therapy. He is also developing a flat panel proton CT system for better imaging quality and more accurate dose prediction in proton therapy. He is the co-investigator in several proposed NIH R01 grant applications ranging from the application of dual energy CT in proton therapy to dose accumulation in MR guided radiotherapy.


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