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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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Rachel Andrews


ECI Newsletter: April 2020


Early Career Investigator of the Month

Emanuele Scifoni, PhD
Primo Ricercatore (Senior Research Scientist) at TIFPA, the Trento Institute for Fundamental Physics and Applications

Emanuele Scifoni is “Primo Ricercatore” (Senior Research Scientist) at TIFPA, the Trento Institute for Fundamental Physics and Applications, a recently established research center of the National Institute for Nuclear Physics (INFN) in Trento (Italy). He was born in Rome and got his PhD in theoretical Chemistry in a Rome-Genoa cotutele. After an education and initial career mostly based on quantum chemistry and molecular physics, mainly with theoretical/computational methods, then, moving to FIAS (Frankfurt Institute for Advanced Studies, Goethe University) in 2007, he focused his research interests in radiation biophysical modelling of ion beams for hadron therapy.

He further developed and expanded this research after the move to the Biophysics department at GSI (Helmholtz Center for Heavy Ions research) in Darmstadt in 2010, where he started the long-lasting collaboration with Michael Krämer and Marco Durante and where he contributed substantially to the new developments in the research treatment planning code for particles TRiP98, and to the track structure code TRAX. He finally moved to Trento in 2016 where he was appointed as Primo Ricercatore at TIFPA-INFN and Contract Professor at the University of Trento, and where he also contributed to the setup of the Trento Proton Beam Experimental Facility.

He’s  presently Principal Investigator and coordinator for the large INFN project Call “MoVe IT”- Modeling and verification for Ion Beam Treatment Planning, funded till end of 2020 and had a leading role in several successful international grants and projects in the field of hadron therapy, such as EU COST “nano-IBCT” – nanoscale insights in ion beam cancer therapy and Marie Curie ITN "ARGENT” – Advanced radiotherapy generated by exploiting nanoprocesses and technologies.

His most recent research interests focus mainly on biological treatment planning for protons and ion beams, and on elucidating mechanistic features of oxygenation interplay with radiation at the radiation chemistry level, including novel insights in FLASH radiotherapy, which he presented at the last RRS meeting.



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
Charles Maitz,
Biology, Chemistry,
Nicole Simone, PhD
Biology, Medicine

Jeffrey Willey, PhD
David Yu, MD, PhD
Janice Zawaski, 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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