• Assistant Professor: Department of Radiation Oncology University of Toronto;
  • Staff Medical Physicist, Radiation Medicine Program, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre, University Health Network

Catherine Coolens

Catherine Coolens is an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto, Department of Radiation Oncology and a Staff Medical Physicist in the Radiation Medicine Program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre – University Health Network. She received her PhD in Medical Radiation Physics under Steve Webb at the Institute of Cancer Research, University of London working on Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy optimization. She consequently obtained her board-certification and worked as a clinical physicist at the Royal Marsden Hospital in London (UK) where she worked on organ-motion tracking and gated imaging and therapy techniques prior to moving to Toronto in 2008.

At Princess Margaret Hospital she has worked on the implementation and characterization of a novel 320-slice CT scanner for simulation and functional imaging in radiation oncology and her current research interests include the development of 4D perfusion methodology for imaging of tumour micro-vascularity and radiation response, phantom development for validation of contrast-enhanced CT and MR imaging as well as biological modelling of tumour hypoxia and normal tissue response.