Rui Zhangzhang

Assistant Professor of Physics

PhD, 2011 - UT M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

Louisiana State University
Department of Physics & Astronomy
443-B Nicholson, Hall, Tower Dr.
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-4001
(225) 578- 2975 and (225) 215-1132
rzhang@lsu.edu

Research Interests

Dr. Zhang is board certified in Therapeutic Physics by the American Board of Radiology. His current research interests include: proton therapy, radiogenic side effects, comparative effectiveness study, Monte Carlo simulation, out-of-field dose modeling, brachytherapy and clinical medical physics research. He currently has multiple research assistant and postdoc positions available.

Current and Select Publications

  • Derek Freund, Rui Zhang, Wayne Newhauser and Mary Sanders, "Predictive risk of radiation induced cerebral necrosis in pediatric brain cancer patients after VMAT versus proton therapy", Cancers, 7: 617, 2015

     

  • Wayne Newhauser, Rui Zhang, Timothy Jones, Annelise Giebeler, Phillip Taddei, Robert Stewart, Andrew Lee and Oleg Vassiliev, "Reducing the Cost of Proton Radiation Therapy: The feasibility of a streamlined treatment technique for prostate cancer", Cancers, 7: 688, 2015

     

  • Laura Rechner, John Eley, Rebecca Howell, Rui Zhang, Dragan Mirkovic, and Wayne Newhauser, "Minimization of the incidence of radiogenic second cancers with risk-optimized proton therapy", Physics in Medicine and Biology, 60: 3999, 2015

     

  • Rui Zhang, Dragan Mirkovic and Wayne Newhauser, "Visualization of radiogenic second cancer risk in the organs and tissues of the human body", Radiation and Oncology, 10: 107, 2015

     

  • Wayne Newhauser and Rui Zhang, "The physics of proton therapy", Physics in Medicine and Biology, 60: R155, 2015

     

  • Phillip Taddei, Nabil Khater, Rui Zhang, Fady Geara, Anita Mahajan, Wassim Jalbout, Dragan Mirkovic, Bassem Youssef and Wayne Newhauser, "Disparity in predicted subsequent malignant neoplasms from craniospinal irradiation of a 13-year-old girl in a developed country with proton beams versus in a developing country with photon beams", Cancers, 7:407, 2015

     

  • Rui Zhang, Rebecca Howell, Phillip Taddei, Annelise Giebeler, Anita Mahajan, and Wayne Newhauser, "A comparative study on the risks of radiogenic second cancers and cardiac toxicity in a set of pediatric medulloblastoma patients treated with photon or proton craniospinal irradiation", Radiotherapy and Oncology, 113:84, 2014

     

  • Wayne Newhauser, Timothy Jones, Stuart Swerdloff, Warren Newhauser, Mark Cilia, Robert Carver, Andy Halloran and Rui Zhang, "Anonymization of DICOM electronic medical records for radiation therapy", Computers in Biology and Medicine, 53:134, 2014

     

  • Angélica Pérez-Andújar, Rui Zhang and Wayne Newhauser, "Monte Carlo and analytical model predictions of neutron equivalent doses in passively scatter proton therapy", Medical Physics, 40: 121714, 2013

     

  • Rui Zhang, Rebecca Howell, Kenneth Homann, Annelise Giebeler, Phillip Taddei, Anita Mahajan and Wayne Newhauser, "Predicted risks of radiogenic cardiac toxicity in two pediatric patients undergoing photon or proton radiotherapy", Radiation and Oncology, 8: 184, 2013

     

  • Wayne Newhauser, Laura Rechner, Dragan Mirkovic, Pablo Yepes, Nicholas Koch, Uwe Titt, Jonas Fontenot and Rui Zhang, "Benchmark measurements and simulations of dose perturbations due to metallic spheres in proton beams", Radiation measurement, 58: 37, 2013

     

  • Rui Zhang, Rebecca Howell, Annelise Giebeler, Phillip Taddei, Anita Mahajan, and Wayne Newhauser, "Comparison of risk of radiogenic second cancer following photon and proton craniospinal irradiation for a pediatric medulloblastoma patient", Physics in Medicine and Biology, 58: 807, 2013

     

  • Rui Zhang, Jonas Fontenot, Dragan Mirkovic, John Hendricks, Wayne Newhauser, "Advantages of MCNPX-Based Lattice Tally over Mesh Tally in High-Speed Monte Carlo Dose Reconstruction for Proton Radiotherapy", Nuclear Technology, 183: 101, 2013

     

  • Laura Rechner, Rebecca Howell, Rui Zhang, and Wayne Newhauser, "Impact of margin size on the predicted risk of radiogenic second cancers following proton arc therapy and volumetric modulated arc therapy for prostate cancer", Physics in Medicine and Biology, 57: N469, 2012

     

  • Laura Rechner, Rebecca Howell, Rui Zhang, Carol Etzel, Andrew Lee and Wayne Newhauser, "Risk of radiogenic second cancers following volumetric modulated arc therapy and proton arc therapy for prostate cancer", Physics in Medicine and Biology, 57: 7117, 2012

     

  • Rui Zhang, Angélica Pérez-Andújar, Jonas Fontenot, Phillip Taddei and Wayne Newhauser, "Analytical model of neutron ambient dose equivalent and equivalent dose for proton radiotherapy", Physics in Medicine and Biology, 55: 6975, 2010

     

  • Phillip J. Taddei, Anita Mahajan, Dragan Mirkovic, Rui Zhang, Annelise Giebeler, David Kornguth, Mark C. Harvey, Shiao Woo and Wayne D. Newhauser, "Predicted risk of secondary malignant neoplasm due to secondary neutrons in a girl and boy receiving proton craniospinal irradiation", Physics in Medicine and Biology, 55: 7067, 2010

     

  • Wayne Newhauser, Rui Zhang, In reply to Dr. Gottschalk's comment on Calculation of water equivalent thickness of materials of arbitrary density, elemental composition and thickness in proton beam irradiation, Physics in Medicine and Biology, 55: L31-32, 2010

     

  • Rui Zhang, Philip J. Taddei, Markus M. Fitzek, and Wayne D. Newhauser, "Water equivalent thickness values of materials used in heavy charged particle beams", Physics in Medicine and Biology, 55: 2481, 2010

     

  • Rui Zhang, Wayne Newhauser, "Calculation of water equivalent thickness of materials of arbitrary density, elemental composition and thickness in proton beam irradiation", Physics in Medicine and Biology, 54: 1383, 2009

     

  • Wayne D. Newhauser, Jonas D. Fontenot, Philip J. Taddei, Dragan Mirkovic, Annelise Giebeler, Rui Zhang, Anita Mahajan, David Kornguth, Marilyn Stovall, Pablo Yepes, Shiao Woo, and Radhe Mohan, "Contemporary proton therapy systems adequately protect patients from exposure to stray radiation", AIP Proc 1099:450-455, 2009

     

  • Bahman Anvari, Rui Zhang, Feng Qian, Lavanya Rajagopalan, Fred A. Pereira, William E. Brownell, "Effects of prestin on membrane mechanics and electromechanics", Conf Proc IEEE Eng Med Biol Soc, 5384-6, 2007

     

  • Rui Zhang, Feng Qian, Lavanya Rajagopalan, Fred A. Pereira, William E. Brownell, Bahman Anvari, "Prestin modulates mechanics and electromechanical force of the plasma membrane," Biophysics Journal, 93: 7, 2007

     

  • Rui Zhang, Lei Wang, Lei Xu, Cheng Cheng, Rujuan Zhan, "Influence of structure of pectinate electrodes on the surface discharge at atmospheric pressure," Vacuum Science and Technology (CHINA), 24: 155, 2004

     

  • Lei Xu, Rui Zhang, Peng Liu, Ru-Juan Zhan, Li-Li Ding, "Sterilization of E.coli bacterium with an atmospheric pressure surface barrier discharge," Chinese Physics , 13: 913, 2004

     

  • Rui Zhang, Peng Liu, Rujuan Zhan, "The Present Status and Application Prospect of Atmospheric Pressure Glow Discharge," Physics (CHINA), 33: 349, 2004

     

  • Rui Zhang, Rujuan Zhan, Xiaohui Wen, Lei Wang, "Investigation of the characteristics of a atmospheric pressure surface barrier discharges,"Plasma Sources Science and Technology, 12: 590, 2003

     

  • Rui Zhang, Rujuan Zhan, Xiaohui Wen, "Diagnostics of Atmospheric Pressure Surface Discharge Plasmas in Argon," Chinese Physics Letters, 20: 1988, 2003

     

  • Xiaohui Wen, Rujuan Zhan, Rui Zhang, "Data fitting of electron energy analyzer for electron cyclotron resonance plasma," Vacuum Science and Technology (CHINA), 22: 231, 2002