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Dr. Alla Reznik, PhD

Joined Health Research Institute

2008

Education

  • MA, Radio Physics, Kiev State University (Kiev, Ukraine)
  • Post-Graduate Courses, V.Ye. Lashkaryov Institute of Semiconductor
  • Physics, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (Kiev, Ukraine)
  • PhD, Physics, Technion - Israel Institute of Technology (Haifa, Israel)
  • Post-Doctoral Fellowship, Medical Biophysics, University of Toronto

Appointments and Affiliations

Present

  • Associate Professor, Department of Physics, Lakehead University Canada Research Chair in Physics of Molecular Imaging
  • Canada Research Chair in Physics of Molecular Imaging

Past

  • Research Associate, Imaging Research Group, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre (2004-2008)
  • Senior Physicist, Physics Department, GE Medical Systems Functional Imaging, Israel (2000-2003)
  • Researcher, Solid State Institute, Technion, Israel (1995-1997)
  • Researcher, Department of Theoretical and General Physics, Kiev Polytechnic Institute, Ukraine (1986-1994)

Publications

Contact

Email: reznika@tbh.net

Dr. Alla Reznik, PhD

Senior Scientist – Imaging-Guided Interventions
Canada Research Chair in Physics of Molecular Imaging

Developing Highly Sensitive Imaging Methods for Earlier Cancer Detection

Dr. Alla Reznik, a worldwide expert in photoconducting materials for x-ray and gamma-ray medical imaging detector applications, has investigated the properties of wide-bandgap semiconductors since the 1990s. She has spent most of her career developing advanced detectors including new solid state technologies for positron emission tomography (PET) imagers and low-dose x-ray fluoroscopy systems.

Most recently, Dr. Reznik led a research team to develop positron emission mammography (PEM). This technology improves accuracy of breast cancer detection at earlier stages – especially useful for women with dense breast tissue – by using molecular imaging. Further, PEM is not painful as is traditional mammography, which requires breast compression during imaging.

Her PEM research has led to the launch of Radialis Medical, which will produce a commercial version of the technology for breast cancer detection. It is the second spin-off company for the Health Research Institute, and the company hopes to develop and manufacture the PEM units right here in Thunder Bay.

Dr. Reznik, who is also a Canada Research Chair in Physics of Molecular Imaging, continues to work on the development of advanced radiation imaging detectors for a variety of biomedical applications including cancer diagnosis and treatment monitoring.

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