Wonmo Sung, PhD

Research Fellow
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Education and Degrees


Postdoctoral Fellowship: Harvard Medical School and MGH, 2018-

PhD Medical Physics: Seoul National University (CAMPEP-accredited), South Korea 2018

MS Medical Physics: Seoul National University (CAMPEP-accredited), South Korea, 2013

BS Physics: KAIST (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology), South Korea, 2011

Awards & Honors

05/17 Student/Youth Paper Competition Award (2nd place, 250 USD), Korea Nuclear Society

09/13 Young Scientist Award (300 USD), Korean Society of Medical Physics

03/06-02/10 Presidential Science Scholarship (40K USD, awarded by Korea President at Blue House), Korea Student Aid Foundation

Areas of Interest

- Modeling tumor-immune interactions
- Normal tissue radiation damage
- Clinical application of gold nanoparticle 

Wonmo Sung on PubMed


1. Wonmo Sung, Clemens Grassberger, Aimee McNamara, Lucas Basler, Stefanie Ehrbar, Stephanie Tanadini-Lang, Abdel Hammi, Theodore Hong, Harald Paganetti, “A Tumor-Immune Interaction Model for Hepatocellular Carcinoma based on measured Lymphocyte Counts of Patients undergoing Radiotherapy”, (in preparation)

2. So-Yeon Park, Siyong Kim,Wonmo Sung, Sang-Tae Kim, “Modeling scattered radiation from multi-leaf collimators (MLCs) to improve calculation accuracy of in-air output ratio” Australasian Physical & Engineering Sciences in Medicine (accepted)

3. Kristy Rieck, Kyle Bromma, Wonmo Sung, Aaron Bannister, Connor O’Sullivan, Arthur Blackburn, Jan Schuemann, Devika Chithrani, “Cancer nanomedicine: Modulation of gold nanoparticle size and cell cycle phase for improved therapeutic response in radiotherapy” British Journal of Radiology (accepted)

4. Hongyu Zhu, Yizheng Chen, Wonmo Sung, Aimee McNamara, Linh Tran, Lucas Burigo, Anatoly Rozenfeld, Bruce Faddegon, Jan Schuemann, Harald Paganetti, “The microdosimetric extension in TOPAS: development and comparison with published data” Physics in Medicine and Biology(2019)

5. Kyle Bromma, Kristy Rieck, Jayesh Kulkarni, Connor O’Sulivan, Wonmo Sung, Pieter Cullis, Jan Schuemann, Devika Chithrani, “Use of a lipid nanoparticle system as a Trojan horse in delivery of gold nanoparticles to human breast cancer cells for improved outcomes in radiation therapy” Cancer Nanotechnology (2019)

6. Wonmo Sung, Yoon Jeong, Hyejin Kim, Hoibin Jeong, Clemens Grassberger, Seongmoon Jung, G- One Ahn, Il Han Kim, Jan Schuemann, Kangwon Lee, Sung-Joon Ye, “Computational Modeling and Clonogenic Assay for Radioenhancement of Gold Nanoparticles using 3D live cell images”,Radiation Research (2018)

7. Seongmoon Jung, Wonmo Sung, Sung-Joon Ye, “Low-energy electron dose-point kernels and radial dose distributions around gold nanoparticles: Comparison between MCNP6.1, PENELOPE2014 and Geant4-DNA”, Nuclear Inst. And Methods in Physics Research, B (2018)

8. Wonmo Sung, Jan Schuemann, “Energy Optimization in Gold Nanoparticle Enhanced Radiation Therapy”, Physics in Medicine and Biology (2018)

9. Celina Yang, Kyle Bromma, Wonmo Sung, Jan Schuemann, Devika Chithrani, “Determining the Radiation Enhancement Effects of Gold Nanoparticles in Cells in a Combined Treatment with Cisplatin and Radiation at Therapeutic Megavoltage Energies”, Cancers (2018)

10. Seongmoon Jung, Wonmo Sung, Jaegi Lee, Sung-Joon Ye, “Benchmark of MCNP6.1 for low- energy atomic relaxation of gold nanoslab: Comparison with GATEv7.2, PENELOPE2014, and EGSnrc”, Nuclear Inst. And Methods in Physics Research, B (2018)

11.Seongmoon Jung, Wonmo Sung, Sung-Joon Ye, “Pinhole X-ray fluorescence imaging of gadolinium and gold nanoparticles using polychromatic X-rays: Monte Carlo Study”, International Journal of Nanomedicine (2017)

12. Wonmo Sung, Jong In Park, Jung-in Kim, Joel Carlson, Sung-Joon Ye, Jong Min Park, “Monte Carlo simulation for scanning technique with scattering foil free electron beam: a proof of concept study”, PlosOne (2017)

13. Wonmo Sung, Sung-Joon Ye, Aimee L. McNamara, Stephen J McMahon, James F. Hainfeld, Jungwook Shin, Henry M. Smilowitz, Harald Paganetti, Jan Schuemann, “Dependence of Gold Nanoparticle Radiosensitization on Cell Geometry”, Nanoscale (2017)

14. T S A Underwood, Wonmo Sung, C H McFadden, S J McMahon, D C Hall, A L McNamara, H Paganetti, G O Sawakuchi, Jan Schuemann, “Comparing stochastic proton interactions simulated using TOPAS-nBio to experimental data from fluorescent nuclear track detector” Physics in Medicine and Biology (2017)

15. Wonmo Sung, Seongmoon Jung, Sung-Joon Ye, “Evaluation of the microscopic dose enhancement for nanoparticle-enhanced Auger therapy” Physics in Medicine and Biology (2016)

16. Wonmo Sung, Jung-in Kim, Hyun Suk Kim, Hak Jae Kim, Yang Hoon Lee, Sung-Joon Ye, “Performance of the irregular surface compensator compared with four-field box and intensity modulated radiation therapy for gynecologic cancer” Physica Medica (2016)

17. Young Suk Kim, Jaegi Lee, Jong In Park, Wonmo Sung, Sol Min Lee, Gwi Eon Kim, “Volumetric modulated arc therapy for carotid sparing in the management of early glottis cancer” Radiation Oncology Journal. (2016)

18. Chan Woo Wee, Wonmo Sung, Hyun-Cheol Kang, Kwan Ho Cho, Tae Jin Han, Bae-Kwon Jeong, Jae-Uk Jeong, Haeyoung Kim, In Ah Kim, Jin Hee Kim, Sung Hwan Kim, Suzy Kim, Dong Soo Lee, Me Yeon Lee, Do Hoon Lim, Hye Li Park, Chang-Ok Suh, Sang Min Yoon, and Il Han Kim, “Evaluation of variability in target volume delineation for newly diagnosed glioblastoma: a multi- institutional study from the Korean Radiation Oncology Group” Radiation Oncology (2015)

19. So-Yeon Park, Jong Min Park, Wonmo Sung, Il Han Kim, and Sung-Joon Ye, “Texture analysis on the edge-enhanced fluence of VMAT” Radiation Oncology (2015)

20. Yang-Kyun Park, Tae-geun Son, Hwiyoung Kim, Jaegi Lee, Wonmo Sung, Il Han Kim, Kunwoo Lee, Young-bong Bang, Sung-Joon Ye, “Development of real-time motion verification system using in-room optical images for respiratory-gated radiotherapy” Journal of Applied Clinical Medical Physics (2013)

21. Wonmo Sung, Siyong Kim, Jung-in Kim, Jae-gi Lee, Young-Joo Shin, Jae-Yong Jung, and Sung- Joon Ye, “Dosimetric perturbations due to an implanted cardiac pacemaker in MammoSite® treatment,” Medical Physics (2012)

22. Jin Woo Choi, Chang Min Park, Jin Mo Goo, Yang-Kyun Park, Wonmo Sung, Hyun-Ju Lee, Sang Min Lee, Ji Young Ko, and Mi-Suk Shim, “C-Arm Cone-Beam CT-Guided Percutaneous Transthoracic Needle Biopsy of Small (≤ 20 mm) Lung Nodules: Diagnostic Accuracy and Complications in 161 Patients,” American Journal of Roentgenology. (2012)

23. Wonmo Sung, Jong Min Park, Chang Heon Choi, Sung Whan Ha, and Sung-Joon Ye, “The Effect of Photon Energy on Intensity-Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) Plans for Prostate Cancer,”Radiation Oncology Journal. (2012)



1. 118313-1 (FM16726/PCT/US) “Ocular dosimeter and fabricating method therefor” Oct 17, 2018



1. American Board of Radiology (ABR) – Therapeutic Radiologic Physics, Part 1 passed (2013)

2. A General License for Radioisotope Handling in Korea (equivalent to US radiation safety officer) (2017)


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