Vern Hart

Assistant Professor of Physics


Areas of Expertise:

  • Tomography
  • Scattering
  • Medical Imaging
  • Deformable Image Registration


  • Ph.D., Physics, Utah State University
  • B.S., Physics, Brigham Young University


  • American Association of Physicists in Medicine
  • Missouri Association of Physics Teachers
  • Missouri Academy of Science
  • American Physical Society
  • Sigma Pi Sigma

Honors and/or awards:

  • National Physics Honor Society
  • NIH Postdoctoral Fellowship


  • V.P. Hart, and T.E. Doyle, “Simulation of diffuse photon migration in tissue by a Monte Carlo method derived from the optical scattering of spheroids,” Applied Optics 52, 25 (2013).
  • V.P. Hart, T.E. Doyle, M.J. Taylor, B.L. Carruth, P.-D. Pautet, and Y. Zhao, “Tomographic reconstruction of mesospheric airglow using 2-station ground-based image measurements,” Applied Optics 51, 7 (2012).
  • T.E. Doyle, R.E. Factor, C.L. Ellefson, K.M. Sorensen, B.J. Ambrose, J.B. Goodrich, V.P. Hart, S.C. Jensen, H. Patel, and L.A. Neumayer, “High-frequency ultrasound for intraoperative margin assessments in breast conservation surgery: a feasibility study,” BMC Cancer 11, 444 (2011).


  • Ill-conditioned inverse problems
  • Optimization problems
  • Image reconstruction
  • Sparse tomography