Dr. Julianne Pollard-Larkin is an Associate Professor of Medical Physics at the University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, TX. She is the Service Chief medical physicist in MD Anderson’s Thoracic Radiation Oncology Clinic. Dr. Pollard-Larkin also conducts clinical research and mentors and teaches Medical Physics residents, Radiation Oncology residents and graduate students. Her primary research interests include Flash ultra-high dose radiotherapy, pacemaker radiotherapy dose measurements and improving the efficacy of motion management in thoracic treatments and radiobiology. Julianne is also the Chair of the American Association of Physicists in Medicine’s (AAPM) Equity, Diversity and Inclusion committee as well as the chair of the American Institute of Physics’ (AIP) Liaison Committee on Underrepresented Minorities (LCURM).
She received her PhD in Biomedical Physics at UCLA and her B.S. in Physics and Mathematics at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Fl. After receiving her PhD at UCLA, Julianne was accepted into the Medical Physics Residency program at MD Anderson in Houston, Tx. Following her residency, Julianne was hired by MD Anderson as faculty.
Beyond her role in the clinic and classroom, Julianne is a firm believer in outreach and increasing the number of women and underrepresented populations in science. Ensuring that more underrepresented students and women follow in her footsteps is Julianne’s passion.