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Meral Reyhan, PhD

Division of Radiation Physics

​Dr. Reyhan earned a Masters degree from Rutgers University in Physics with a concentration in Nuclear Physics and Surface Science. She earned Masters and Doctoral degrees from the University of California Los Angeles in Biomedical Physics, receiving the Dissertation Year Prize for her research in magnetic resonance imaging. She completed a residency in therapeutic medical physics at the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey. During her time in New Brunswick, Dr. Reyhan also competed in the AAPM Spring Clinical Young Investigator Symposium, winning second prize for her research with Gafchromic film and magnetic fields. After completing residency, she worked for a year at Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, where she gained experience with Hyperthermia and Intravascular Brachytherapy. Dr. Reyhan’s research focuses on applications of magnetic resonance imaging to radiation therapy, adaptive radiation therapy for lung cancer patients, and applications of big data and convolution neural network to radiation therapy. She has published both peer-reviewed articles and textbook chapters on these topics. A New Jersey native, she enjoys hiking the Delaware Water Gap, skiing, scuba diving, and traveling with her family.






  1. Vergalasova I, McKenna M, Yue NJ, Reyhan M. Impact of computed tomography (CT) reconstruction kernels on radiotherapy dose calculation. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2020 Sep;21(9):178-186. doi: 10.1002/acm2.12994. Epub 2020 Sep 5. PMID: 32889789; PMCID: PMC7497921.
  2. Chen T, Reyhan M, Yue N, Metaxas DN, Haffty BG, Goyal S. Tagged MRI based cardiac motion modeling and toxicity evaluation in breast cancer radiotherapy. Front Oncol. 2015 Feb 3;5:9. doi: 10.3389/fonc.2015.00009. PMID: 25692095; PMCID: PMC4315014.
  3. Wang H, Xu Z, Grantham K, Zhou Y, Cui T, Zhang Y, Liu B, Wang X, Vergalasova I, Reyhan M, Weiner J, Danish SF, Yue N, Nie K. Performance assessment of two motion management systems for frameless stereotactic radiosurgery. Strahlenther Onkol. 2021 Feb;197(2):150-157. doi: 10.1007/s00066-020-01688-8. Epub 2020 Oct 12. PMID: 33047151; PMCID: PMC7840652.
  4. Wang X, Swann B, Reyhan M, Yue NJ, Singh R, McKenna MG. A novel approach to embed eye shields in customized bolus on nasal dorsum treatment for electron radiotherapy. Med Dosim. 2021 Summer;46(2):132-135. doi: 10.1016/j.meddos.2020.09.008. Epub 2020 Oct 21. PMID: 33097371.
  5. Kim LH, Malajovich I, Reyhan ML, Xue J, Park JH. Effect of beam profile measurement on arc therapy plan quality assurance: a case study. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2017 May;18(3):52-55. doi: 10.1002/acm2.12071. Epub 2017 Mar 29. PMID: 28370918; PMCID: PMC5689840.
  6. Reyhan ML, Chen T, Zhang M. Characterization of the effect of MRI on Gafchromic film dosimetry. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2015 Nov 8;16(6):325–332. doi: 10.1120/jacmp.v16i6.5743. PMID: 26699587; PMCID: PMC5690986.
  7. Yegya-Raman N, Wang K, Kim S, Reyhan M, Deek MP, Sayan M, Li D, Patel M, Malhotra J, Aisner J, Marks LB, Jabbour SK. Dosimetric Predictors of Symptomatic Cardiac Events After Conventional-Dose Chemoradiation Therapy for Inoperable NSCLC. J Thorac Oncol. 2018 Oct;13(10):1508-1518. doi: 10.1016/j.jtho.2018.05.028. Epub 2018 Jun 5. PMID: 29883836.
  8. Yegya-Raman N, Reyhan M, Kim S, Deek MP, Yue N, Zou W, Malhotra J, Aisner J, Jabbour SK. Association of Target Volume Margins With Locoregional Control and Acute Toxicities for Non-small cell lung cancer Treated With Concurrent Chemoradiation Therapy. Pract Radiat Oncol. 2019 Jan;9(1):e74-e82. doi: 10.1016/j.prro.2018.08.007. Epub 2018 Aug 23. PMID: 30144583; PMCID: PMC6939676.
  9. Zhang M, Reyhan M, Kim LH. Depth dose perturbation by a hydrogel fiducial marker in a proton beam. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2015 Jan 8;16(1):5090. doi: 10.1120/jacmp.v16i1.5090. PMID: 25679167; PMCID: PMC5689967.
  1. Reyhan M, Wang Z, Li M, Kim HJ, Gupta H, Lloyd SG, Dell’Italia LJ, Denney T, Ennis DB. Left ventricular twist and shear in patients with primary mitral regurgitation. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2015 Aug;42(2):400-6. doi: 10.1002/jmri.24811. Epub 2014 Nov 19. PMID: 25408263; PMCID: PMC6432784.
  2. Reyhan ML, Wang Z, Kim HJ, Halnon NJ, Finn JP, Ennis DB. Effect of free-breathing on left ventricular rotational mechanics in healthy subjects and patients with duchenne muscular dystrophy. Magn Reson Med. 2017 Feb;77(2):864-869. doi: 10.1002/mrm.26137. Epub 2016 Feb 17. PMID: 26888012; PMCID: PMC5927592.
  3. Reyhan M, Natsuaki Y, Ennis DB. Off-resonance insensitive complementary SPAtial Modulation of Magnetization (ORI-CSPAMM) for quantification of left ventricular twist. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2014 Feb;39(2):339-45. doi: 10.1002/jmri.24154. Epub 2013 Apr 26. PMID: 23625854; PMCID: PMC3732806.
  4. Wang Z, Nasiraei-Moghaddam A, Reyhan ML, Srinivasan S, Finn JP, Ennis DB. Complementary radial tagging for improved myocardial tagging contrast. Magn Reson Med. 2015 Apr;73(4):1432-40. doi: 10.1002/mrm.25259. Epub 2014 May 13. PMID: 24824305.
  5. Yegya-Raman N, Kim S, Deek MP, Li D, Gupta A, Bond L, Dwivedi A, Braver JK, Reyhan M, Mittal A, Gui B, Malhotra J, Aisner J, Jabbour SK. Daily Image Guidance With Cone Beam Computed Tomography May Reduce Radiation Pneumonitis in Unresectable Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys. 2018 Aug 1;101(5):1104-1112. doi: 10.1016/j.ijrobp.2018.03.025. Epub 2018 Mar 30. PMID: 29730063.
  6. Qing K, Yue NJ, Hathout L, Ma C, Reyhan M, Zhu J, Nie K, Monte G, Vergalasova I. The combined use of 2D scout and 3D axial CT images to accurately determine the catheter tips for high-dose-rate brachytherapy plans. J Appl Clin Med Phys. 2021 Mar;22(3):273-278. doi: 10.1002/acm2.13184. Epub 2021 Feb 27. PMID: 33638579; PMCID: PMC7984491.
  7. Reyhan M, Kim HJ, Brown MS, Ennis DB. Intra- and interscan reproducibility using Fourier Analysis of STimulated Echoes (FAST) for the rapid and robust quantification of left ventricular twist. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2014 Feb;39(2):463-8. doi: 10.1002/jmri.24162. Epub 2013 Apr 30. PMID: 23633244; PMCID: PMC3751999.
  8. Reyhan M, Natsuaki Y, Ennis DB. Fourier analysis of STimulated echoes (FAST) for the quantitative analysis of left ventricular twist. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2012 Mar;35(3):587-93. doi: 10.1002/jmri.22863. Epub 2011 Nov 8. PMID: 22069227; PMCID: PMC3288273.
  9. Reyhan M, Ennis DB. Quantitative assessment of systolic and diastolic left ventricular twist using Fourier Analysis of Stimulated echoes (FAST) and CSPAMM. J Magn Reson Imaging. 2013 Mar;37(3):678-83. doi: 10.1002/jmri.23849. Epub 2013 Jan 31. PMID: 23371791; PMCID: PMC3578174.


  • 2nd Place in Young Investigator Symposium
  • American Association of Physicist in Medicine
  • Spring Clinical Meeting Magna Cum Laude Award
  • International Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine Sylvia Sorkin Greenfield Award for Outstanding Research in Medical Physics
  • University of California Los Angeles Chancellor’s Prize
  • University of California Los Angeles Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics Award and COMAP Mathematical Contest in Modeling Winner Sigma Pi Sigma Inductee
  • National Physics Honors Society


  • MPHY 5015S (Medical Imaging)