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Class of 2025


Raj Panta

Raj Panta, PhD

Telephone: 919-681-8006
Website: Google Scholar

Raj is an imaging physics resident with the Clinical Imaging Physics Group (CIPG) and a research associate with the Center for Virtual Imaging Trials (CVIT) at Duke. Raj has sampled four continents which accommodate nearly 78% of global population, including Asia, Europe, Oceania and North America. He grew up in Nepal and earned undergraduate degree in radiological science from the BP Koirala Institute of Health Sciences, Nepal. He earned his 1st master degree in medical physics from the Bharathiar University, India, and worked as a therapy medical physicist at advanced center for radiation oncology, Nanavati Hospital, India. He earned his 2nd master degree in medical physics and bio-medical optics from Heidelberg University, Germany. He came to Duke University to conduct his master thesis work. He earned his PhD from the University of Otago, New Zealand from where he completed his postdoc and research fellowship. He also worked as a research engineer at MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston before he came back to Duke last year. His current research focuses on developing realistic virtual model of photon-counting CT, improving imaging performance of the system, and optimizing imaging protocols to study a variety of disease models through a virtual clinical trial. In his spare time, he enjoys listening music, cooking authentic south Asian cuisine flavored with spices and herbs, hiking, biking and playing with his two energetic kids.


Ngara Bird

Ngara Bird, MS

Telephone: 919-681-3825
Website: Personal Website

Ngara is an imaging physics resident with the Clinical Imaging Physics Group. She was born in Auckland, New Zealand, but has spent most of her life in Southern California. She earned her BS in physics at UCLA in 2018. She then completed her MS at San Diego State University in 2023, where her research focused on diffusion tensor MRI and fiber tractography in the human calf muscle. In her spare time, she enjoys painting, reading (both fiction and nonfiction), and playing the banjo. After residency, she wants to work as a clinical imaging physicist to improve the quality and safety of medical imaging.



Graduates to date: 9

  • 5 MS
  • 4 PhD
  • 5 Female
  • 4 Male

Placement examples:

  • Duke, Stanford, Walter Reed, Mayo