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The Mission of the ECI Committee:

The Early Career Investigator (ECI) Committee, established in 2016, has been formally incorporated to the RRS Society. RRS wants to connect ECIs with each other as well as mentors of the Society, hear their experiences, and encourage their research programs.

Qualifications For ECI Membership Acceptance:
In order to apply you must be a Full or Sponsored Faculty Member of RRS in good standing. Submit your application for review by clicking on the link below:

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Additional Resources from the Presenters:

Rachel Andrews


ECI Newsletter: April 2020


Early Career Investigator of the Month

Jan Schuemann, PhD

Associate Professor, Head of the Multi-scale Monte-Carlo Modeling Lab, Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA

Jan Schuemann is an Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital & Harvard Medical School. He received his Diplom in Experimental Particle Physics in Hamburg, Germany. For his PhD, Jan went to the National Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, investigating rare B-meson decays at the Belle experiment at KEK, Tsukuba, Japan. He spent another 3 years as postdoctoral fellow at KEK, followed by a project researcher position working on the upgrade of the Super-Kamiokande neutrino experiment at the Institute for Physics and Mathematics of the Universe, Tokyo University.

After spending 10 years in experimental high-energy particle physics, Jan transitioned to medical physics as a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Paganetti’s group in 2010. He became one of the core developers of the TOPAS Monte Carlo system and applied TOPAS to improve clinical treatment planning.

Jan became increasingly interested in exploring the effects of radiation at the fundamental level. As the head of the Multi-Scale Monte Carlo Modeling lab at the Department of Radiation Oncology, unraveling the underlying cell response processes at a nanometer scale has become his main focus. He formed the TOPAS-nBio collaboration, extending TOPAS to the nanometer scale. TOPAS-nBio simulates the biological effects of radiation including physical interaction with cell structures, initial chemical interactions and DNA repair kinetics.

His lab combines mathematical modeling with of experiments. Currently, the lab conducts research studying the radiation enhancing effects of gold nanoparticles (GNP), improving biodosimetry for radionuclide therapy, and investigating the underlying mechanisms and the potential of in vivo healthy tissue sparing effects of extreme dose rate (Flash) proton radiotherapy.

Jan is a previous winner of the Michael Fry Research Award from the RRS. He is currently the Councilor of Physics in the RRS governing council (until the annual meeting this year) and he co-organized the Winter Workshop on Targeted Radionuclide Therapy this spring (the last in-person meeting before COVID19).

Watch our interview with Dr. Schuemann



Who Are Your ECI Mentors? Contact your mentor by clicking on the photo to email.

Chiara La Tessa, PhD
Biology, Medicine,
Jan Schuemann, PhD
Physics/ Biophysics
Evagelia Laiakis, PhD
Charles Maitz, DVM,
Biology, Chemistry,

Nicole Simone, PhD
Biology, Medicine
Jeffrey Willey, PhD
David Yu, MD, PhD


CME and Travel Awards Available for the Annual Meeting. More information coming soon!

Have additional questions about ECI membership? Contact Chiara La Tessa at

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