Conducting experiments at the Hyogo Ion Beam Medical Centre in Japan and presenting her work at a conference in Germany are among the highlights in Clare Smith’s journey as a PhD candidate.
PhD (Medical Radiations Science)
The contacts and knowledge I have gained during my PhD is beyond anything I could have hoped. It has been an amazing experience.
I worked at the Austin Hospital as a radio chemist and became very interested in radiation. I wanted to complete a PhD and my supervisor helped me find a way to combine my interest in radiation, with my background in chemistry. Together we developed a project that would use my background while aiming to answer some important questions in physics.
My research focusses on understanding the interactions between nanoparticles and x-rays and particle beams as used in radiotherapy. I am looking at novel and reliable means to measure very low radiation doses. I am also looking at a new method of producing bi-metallic and radioactive type nanoparticles using neutron beams from the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation.
I chose RMIT because I knew others who studied here and I was impressed with RMIT’s aims of solving real world problems. My supervisors and other staff have been so helpful in allowing my work to develop into what is has become.
I have used many of RMIT’s facilities including the Transmission Electron Microscope in the Microscopy and Microanalysis Facility (RMMF) and the Separation Science and Mass Spectrometry Facility. The technical teams who operate these facilities have been very accommodating and helpful.
The highlight so far was travelling to Japan and completing experiments at the Hyogo Ion Beam Medical Centre. I also had the opportunity to present my work at the Solid State Dosimetry Conference in Munich, Germany.
The contacts and knowledge I have gained is beyond anything I could have hoped. It has been an amazing experience.
For my career, I am looking for opportunities that allow me to learn and develop our current understanding of the physical and chemical processes of radiotherapy. My aim is the same as radiotherapy itself: to improve the outcome for a cancer patient during treatment.