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Gary Cerefice

Assistant Professor, Department of Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences

Expertise: Radioactive Waste Management , Radioactive Contaminant Behavior and Transport in the Environment, Actinide and Radionuclide Chemistry, Safeguards and Materials Accountability


Gary Cerefice is an assistant professor for the department of health physics and diagnostic sciences within the School of Allied Health Sciences. He teaches applied nuclear physics, introduction to radiation physics, and radiological risk assessment.

Cerefice joined UNLV in 2000 as a staff scientist in the nuclear science and technology division, and became the deputy director of the university’s research program studying nuclear fuel cycle options the following year. During the next five years, he developed the capabilities and research laboratories for nuclear engineering and radiochemistry research. He also established and coordinated multi-laboratory proposals for colloid generation at the Nevada Test Site and Yucca Mountain Site.

He became an assistant research professor for the radiochemistry department’s Ph. D. program in 2005, and joined health physics and diagnostic sciences in 2009. In his current role, he serves as the undergraduate and graduate program director, and supervises student research.

His primary research focuses on the management and disposal of radioactive waste.


  • Ph.D., Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • M.S., Nuclear Engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • B.S., Nuclear Engineering, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

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