Robert Johnson has been a member of the UCSC Physics Department faculty since 1991 and is also the Associate Director of the Santa Cruz Institute for Particle Physics (SCIPP). He has done research at colliding beam accelerators (LEP at CERN and PEP and B-Factory at SLAC) and in space with NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope. He has extensive experience with instrumentation for particle detection and tracking and most recently was responsible as Subsystem Manager for the design and fabrication of the Fermi tracking instrument, a detector currently operating in orbit with 73 square meters of silicon-strip detectors and nearly 900,000 readout channels. He supplied surplus detectors and custome integrated circuits from that project to enable the fabrication of the existing prototype pCT scanner at LLUMC and is presently engaged in desigining a new pCT tracking instrument, including and integrated circuit optimized for this application, that will operate at much higher rates.
Andrew Plumb is currently an undergraduate at UCSC studying applied physics with a focus on the applications of physics to medicine.
Dr. Schulte is a physicist and radiation oncologist who has worked at the Loma Linda University (LLU) James M. Slater Proton Treatment and Research Center since 1990, the year it was founded. He was among a group of scientists from various disciplines who met at Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) in January 2003 to discuss the development of a modern proton CT concept. He continued to work on the pCT project together with other early members of the pCT collaboration and published key articles related to both detector development and imabe reconstruction for pCT. In 2008, he helped researchers at Northern Illinois University (NIU) and UCSC to secure funding from the Department of Defense to build the first prototype pCT scanner, which is now operational at Loma Linda University Medical Center. Funding for pCT continues with a 4-year NIH grant to UCSC, California State University (CSUSB), and LLU to build the next generation clinical pCT scanner and to develop concepts for translating this new technology into clinical practice. Visit Reinhard Schulte's personal website.
David Steinberg is an undergraduate student at UC Santa Cruz studying physics.
Isabella Tromba is currently an undergraduate studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She is a mathematics major interested in the application of mathematics and physics to medicine. She joined the pCT project for the summer of 2011 and her work with pCT was mainly concerned with Monte Carlo simulations in Geant4. She hopes to remain a member of the pCT collaboration as she continues her studies in Boston.