Dr. Aamir Younis Raja
Dr. Aamir Younis Raja Assistant Professor
Teaching Areas
Research Interests

Assistant Professor, Department of Physics

Dr. Aamir Raja is a Medical Physicist. He joined Khalifa University in 2020 as an Assistant Professor. Prior to his appointment, Dr. Raja was the Senior Research Fellow in the Department of Academic Radiology at the University of Otago, Christchurch, NZ. He also held a Visiting Research Fellowship at the University of Canterbury, NZ and a Visiting Academic Teaching Staff position at the ARA Institute of Canterbury, NZ. Dr Raja also held a secondment position in industry.

Dr. Raja has been working in x-rays imaging for almost 12 years, beginning with the completion of his PhD in Medical Physics from Canterbury University. His research interest includes but is not limited to radiation physics and medical imaging physics, particularly x-ray imaging with small pixel detectors for medical and diagnostic imaging applications. Moreover, Dr. Raja and his colleagues contributed to the development of the world’s first commercial preclinical and clinical spectral photon-counting computed tomography, producing color x-ray images with applications to biology and medicine such as characterizing bone health, cartilage health, and metal implants imaging, cancer imaging with targeted nanoparticles, atherosclerosis (measuring calcification, lipid content), and arthritis (crystal arthropathies). Dr. Raja has supervised twenty full-time thesis students. Out of twenty, he has directly supervised twelve University of Otago students, two Master’s students from the University of Canterbury, and several visiting international PhD students and interns.

Overall, Dr. Raja’s research has contributed to 25 journal publications, >20 peer-reviewed conference proceedings, >42 published abstracts, and two book chapters. He was PI/NI on various NZ-funded projects worth over $500K to work on cardiovascular disease imaging, joint diseases, and cancer imaging using photon-counting CT. He has recently been awarded Khalifa University Faculty Startup Grant worth ~$300K.

Currently, Dr. Raja is one of the leads to develop the Medical Physics program at Khalifa University and a Life Member and Fellow of the Union for International Cancer Control. He also holds Honorary Senior Research Fellowship with the University of Otago Christchurch.


  • PhD, Medical Physics, University of Canterbury (New Zealand), 2013
  • MSc, Applied Physics, University of Engineering & Technology Lahore (Pakistan), 2006
  • BSc, Double Maths and Physics, University of Punjab Lahore (Pakistan), 2004
Teaching Areas
  • Mechanics
  • Electricity and Magnetism 
  • Physics of Diagnostic Imaging
  • Radiation Biology
  • Non-ionizing Radiation Imaging
  • Research Methods and Ethics
  • Health Physics and Radiation Protection
Research Interests
  • Characterization of bone and cartilage health, metal implants imaging, cancer imaging with targeted nanoparticles, atherosclerosis (measuring calcification, lipid content), and arthritis (crystal arthropathies), and various other biomedical applications using spectral photon-counting CT
  • CT imaging assessment of multiple high-atomic number nanoparticle contrast elements for multi-energy CT
  • Photon-counting CT imaging – efforts toward a collaborative approach between local and international partners