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Dr. Aram Teymurazyan, the newest member of our Physics Department, is one of the
people in Saskatchewan taking nuclear innovation beyond uranium mining. The
recently named Fedoruk Chair in Nuclear Imaging Technologies is advancing
knowledge towards betterment in medicine and agriculture at the University of
In the field of medical physics he is working on the development of cost-efficient
Positron Emission Tomography (PET) block detectors that can be used to build organ
specific and whole-body PET scanners. He is also working to improve the outcome of
cancer patients' radiotherapy treatment by enabling state-of-the-art image guidance
that will minimize potential risks and complications while exploring advanced
detector concepts for x-ray imaging for external beam radiotherapy.
In the area of agriculture he is focused on the development of nuclear imaging
detectors dedicated to plant imaging. In collaboration with University of Regina
physicist Dr. Zisis Papandreou as well as biologists and radio-chemists from across
Saskatchewan, he is using these detectors to study plants at a molecular level to
improve the understanding of plant productivity; nutrient and water use efficiency;
plant microbe interactions; and their responses to environmental stress and injury.
The University of Regina received $1.475 million from the Sylvia Fedoruk Canadian
Centre for Nuclear Innovation to purchase equipment and establish the Fedoruk
Chair in Nuclear Imaging Technologies.