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Tomi Nano

Tomi Nano, PhD

Assistant Professor in Residence
Division of Physics
Department of Radiation Oncology

Outside of the clinic and lab, I’m a sports fan, avid traveler, and comedy lover.

Meet Dr. Nano

I am motivated by the strength of our patients, the support of their families and the hard-working UCSF team bringing excellent patient care.

Tomi Nano, PhD, is an Assistant Professor at the UCSF Department of Radiation Oncology. Tomi completed both PhD and MClSc degrees in Medical Biophysics at the University of Western Ontario, Canada, in 2019. During his PhD work, Tomi developed imaging fundamentals that include physics of detectors, image reconstruction, image processing and feature detection in a variety of imaging modalities. In 2021, Tomi completed his medical physics residency at UCSF where his clinical research focused on the marriage of data science and imaging physics. By understanding the relationship between imaging and statistical models, we can improve how to implement AI algorithms in clinics to provide more effective patient care.



2015-2019 Western University, Canada PhD Medical Biophysics
2015-2016 Western University, Canada MCISc Medical Biophysics
2008-2014 University of Windsor, Canada BSc Physics
Professional Experience

Professional Experience

2019-present UCSF Assistant Professor in Residence Radiation Oncology
2016-2018 Western University Graduate Teaching Assistant Medical Biophysics
2016-2017 London Regional Cancer Center Quality Assurance Internship Radiation Oncology
2015 Robarts Research Institute Research Assistant Imaging Department


Awards & Honors

2018 NSERC Canadian Graduate Scholarship (PGS-D) – Western University
2018 Medical Biophysics Translational Research Award – Western University
2017 Translational Breast Cancer Research Traineeship (TBCRU) – Canadian Breast Cancer Society
2017 Graduate Student Innovation Scholarship (GSIS) – Western University

Recent Significant Publications




  • Nano, T.F., Capaldi, D.P., Yeung, T., Chuang, C.F., Wang, L. and Descovich, M., “Technical Note: End-to-end testing of CyberKnife tracking methods using low-dose CT protocols”, Medical Physics, 2020
  • Capaldi, Dante PI, Tomi F. Nano, Hao Zhang, Lawrie B. Skinner, and Lei Xing, “Technical Note: Evaluation of Audiovisual Biofeedback Smartphone Application for Respiratory Monitoring in Radiation Oncology”, Medical Physics, 2020
  • Nano, TF. and Cunningham IA., “Signal-to-noise ratio criteria to suppress Gibbs ringing with the apodized-aperture x-ray detector design”, Medical Physics, 2019 (in submission)
  • Nano, TF., Scott CC., Li Y., Con C., Karim KS., Cunningham IA., “Improved spec visualization with the apodized-aperture pixel (AAP) design with a Se/CMOS prototype”, Journal of Medical Imaging, 2019 (in submission)
  • Nano, TF., Scott CC., Li Y., Con C., Karim KS., Cunningham IA., “Performance evaluation of a Se/CMOS prototype x-ray detector with the Apodized Aperture Pixel (AAP) design”, Proc of SPIE Medical Imaging, 10948-16, 2019
  • Nano TF. and Cunningham IA., “Clinical Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology Physics with MATLAB: A Problem-solving Approach; Chapter 16: A toolkit to manipulate x-ray spectra in medical imaging”: Johan Sjoberg, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, 2019
  • Escartin T., Nano TF., and Cunningham IA., “Detective Quantum Efficiency Measurements in a Clinical Setting”, Radiology, 2019 (in submission)
  • Nano TF., Karim, KS., Cunningham IA., “Impact of x-ray reabsorption and converter blur on MTF and DQE improvements using the apodized-aperture pixel (AAP) design of x-ray detectors”, Physics in Medicine and Biology, 2019 (submitted)
  • Nano, T.F., Escartin, T., Ismailova, E., Karim, K.S., Lindström, J., Kim, H.K. and Cunningham, I.A., “MTF and DQE Enhancement using an apodized-aperture pixel (AAP) X-Ray Detector Design”, Medical Physics, 44(7), 2017
  • Nano TF., Escartin T. and Cunningham IA., “Handbook of X-Ray Imaging: Physics and Technology; Chapter 1.19, Detector Design and Performance in X-Ray Imaging”, Paolo Russo, CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group, 2017
  • Nano TF., Escartin T., Ismailova E., Karim KS., Lindstrom J., Kim HK., Cunningham IA., “MTF and DQE Enhancement using an apodized-aperture pixel (AAP) XRay Detector Design”, Medical Physics, 44(7), 2017
  • Nano TF., Escartin T., Cunningham IA., “A novel x-ray detector design with higher DQE and reduced aliasing: Theoretical analysis of x-ray reabsorption in detector converter material”, Proc. of SPIE: Medical Imaging, 9783, 2016
  • Escartin T., Nano TF., Cunningham IA., “Detective quantum efficiency: A standard test to ensure optimal detector performance and low patient exposures”, Proc. of SPIE: Medical Imaging, 9783, 2016 E.
  • Kwan, C.Y. Wu, N.C. Summers, G. Hackman, T.E. Drake, C. Andreoiu, R. Ashley, G.C. Bal, P.C. Bender, A.J. Boston, H.C. Boston, A. Chester, A. Close, D. Cline, D.S. Cross, R. Dunlop, A. Finlay, A.B. Garnsworthy, A.B. Hayes, A.T. Laffoley, Nano TF., P. Navrátil, C.J. Pearson, J. Pore, S. Quaglioni, C.E. Svensson, K. Starosta, I.J. Thompson, P. Voss, S. Williams, Z.M. Wang, “Precision measurements of the electromagnetic dipole strengths in 11 Be”, Physics Letters B, 732, 210-213, 2014
  • E. Kwan, C. Y. Wu, N. C. Summers, G. Hackman, T. E. Drake, C. Andreoiu, R. Ashley, G. C. Ball, P. C. Bender, A. J. Boston, H. C. Boston, A. Chester, A. Close, D. Cline, D. S. Cross, R. Dunlop, A. Finley, A. Garnsworthy, A. B. Hayes, A. Laffoley, Nano TF., P. Voss, S., “Precision measurements of the B(E1) strengths in 11 Be”, 5th International Conf. on Fission and properties of neutron-rich nuclei (ICFN5), 2012



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