• Medical Physicist, Princess Margaret Cancer Centre
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto

Alexandra Rink, PhD

Dr. Alexandra Rink is a board certified staff Medical Physicist at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology, University of Toronto. Her primary research interest is in in-vivo radiation dose measurements using optical fibre technology, specifically through investigating new materials for this application, as well as probe engineering. Other interests are in the effect of technique choice and uncertainties on dosimetry of MR-guided High Dose-Rate Brachytherapy treatment of prostate cancer.

After graduating from the University of Guelph in 2002 with a B.Sc.Hon. in Chemical Physics from the College of Physical & Engineering Science, Dr. Rink started her graduate studies under supervision of Drs. David Jaffray and Alex Vitkin in the Medical Biophysics department, at the University of Toronto. Her thesis focused on using polymer materials and optical fibre read-out in order to measure radiation dose remotely during the application of radiotherapy. Her endeavor was supported by the National Cancer Institute of Canada through a Terry Fox Foundation Research Studentship Award as well as the Scace Graduate Fellowship in Prostate Cancer Research award. She completed her PhD in 2007 and thereafter commenced a Medical Physics Residency program at Princess Margaret Cancer Centre with the Department of Radiation Oncology. In 2010, Dr. Rink joined the Image-Guided Interventional Radiotherapeutics for Prostate Cancer group as a Clinical Physics Fellow. In 2012, she joined the Radiation Physics department as staff, continuing both her clinical and research activities.