Andrea Gutierrez

Andrea Gutierrez’s interests lie in the detection of secondary particles created during proton beam therapy for treatment verification and dosimetry purposes. She is currently working on the design and development of a novel multi-slit gamma camera to detect prompt gamma rays. Prompt gamma rays are highly correlated with the proton’s dose and their detection is urgently needed for the real-time in vivo verification of proton’s range.

Previously, Andrea was a research associate at University College London, where she worked on the proof of concept of a semiconductor Compton camera for prompt gamma imaging during proton beam therapy. She also developed expertise in organic plastic scintillators for the detection of fast neutrons using pulse shape analysis.

During her PhD at the University of British Columbia and TRIUMF, she was based at CERN in the Antihydrogen Laser PHysics Apparatus (ALPHA) experiment. The aim of the ALPHA experiment is to trap and study antihydrogen atoms, ultimately to compare to normal hydrogen atoms and investigate the fundamental symmetry of the universe. Her contributions culminated in the first ever trapping of cold antihydrogen atoms and experiments on its internal structure, reported in the Nature Journal, and featured in the world’s media.

Dr Andrea Gutierrez

Marie Sklodowska Curie Experienced Researcher (LEaDing Fellows COFUND Programme)

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