About the Division

The mission of the Division of Radiation and Cancer Biology is to educate and train the next cadre of scientists and clinicians in the disciplines of radiation and cancer biology and to execute a multidisciplinary program of research focused on understanding the molecular, cellular and organismal responses to ionizing radiation exposure for the betterment of man.  

Specific areas of research within the Division include:

  • The molecular mechanisms responsible for the repair of DNA damage
  • Molecular signaling after radiation exposure
  • Radiation resistance and radiation sensitization
  • Prognostic and predictive markers of therapeutic outcome
  • Intrinsic radiosensitivity
  • The biological response underlying ablative radiation therapy
  • The role of hypoxia in radiation response
  • The radiobiology of charged particle exposure for cancer therapy
  • Combining immune therapy with radiation for cancer therapy
  • Development of new cellular and animal models for radiation biology research
  • The role of the inflammatory response after radiation
  • Space radiation biology and mechanisms of HZE particle induced carcinogenesis