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Our Team

Faculty

Michael Story
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Michael Story, Ph.D.

  • Professor, Vice Chair and Radiobiology Director, David A. Pistenmaa, M.D., Ph.D. Distinguished Chair in Radiation Oncology
  • Phone: 214-648-5557
  • Research: Particle therapy, space radiation, biomarkers of therapeutic response, combined modality therapy
Guo-Min Li
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Guo-Min Li, Ph.D.

  • Professor, The Reece A. Overcash, Jr. Distinguished Chair for Research on Colon Cancer; Director, the Reece A. Overcash, Jr. Center for Research on Colon Cancer; Director of Translational Research
  • Phone: 214-648-9955
  • Research: Mismatch repair, genome instability, cancer metabolism
Debabrata Saha
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Debabrata Saha, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-7750
  • Research: Tumor modeling for SBRT; role of DAB2IP in prostate cancer; small molecule inhibitors as radiosensitizers
Anthony (Tony) Davis
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Anthony (Tony) Davis, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-6569
  • Research: DNA double-strand break sensing, signaling and repair
Shibani Mukherjee
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Shibani Mukherjee, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-5160
Raquibul Hannan
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Raquibul Hannan, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Genitourinary cancer; combined immunotherapy and radiation therapy
Todd Aguilera
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Todd Aguilera, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Cancer immunology, tumor microenvironment, immunotherapy resistance, immune escape, molecular engineering
Puneeth Iyengar
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Puneeth Iyengar, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor & Director of Clinical Research
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Lung cancer, cachexia, radiation resistance, tumor metabolism, stromal interactions, immune cachexia regulation
Ping Gong
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Ping Gong

  • Visiting Professor
Jinzhen Guo
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Jinzhen Guo, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-9869
Huiming Lu
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Huiming Lu, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-4917
  • Research: Mechanisms of DNA double-strand break repair; targeting key DNA double-strand break repair proteins for cancer therapy
Janapriya (JP) Saha
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Janapriya (JP) Saha, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-4917
  • Research: DNA double strand break signaling and repair; space/HZE particle radiation-induced DNA damage and response
Narasimha (Kumar) Karanam
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Narasimha (Kumar) Karanam, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-1412
S M Nashir Udden
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S M Nashir Udden, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-7480
  • Research: BET inhibitor, ESR1 mutation, & endocrine- /radio-therapy resistant breast cancer; Rb mutation & CDK4/6 inhibitor-resistant breast cancer; radio-immune therapy vs treatment-refractory breast cancer...
Liya Gu
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Liya Gu, Ph.D.

  • Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-9991
  • Research: Mismatch repair, genome instability, cancer metabolism
Benjamin Chen
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Benjamin Chen, Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-1263
  • Research: DNA break repair; role of DNA-PKcs; DNA damage responses in stem sell; heavy particle exposure impact on neural stem cells
Asaithamby Aroumougame
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Asaithamby Aroumougame, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-1249
  • Research: DNA damage response signaling in development and tumor suppression
Lianghao Ding
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Lianghao Ding, Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-648-5892
  • Research: DNA damage response induced by heavy particles; functional genomics of radiation toxicity; role of microRNA in head and neck cancer
Zhaogang Yang
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Zhaogang Yang

  • Assistant Professor
Ken Westover
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Ken Westover, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Associate Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Structure-guided drug design for oncology, covalent inhibitors, hypofractionated radiation, lung cancer, mets
Prasanna Alluri
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Prasanna Alluri, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Metastatic breast cancer, treatment resistance mechanisms, molecular cancer therapeutics, radiation-induced cardiac remodeling, epigenetic regulation
Wen Jiang
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Wen Jiang, M.D., Ph.D.

  • Assistant Professor
  • Phone: 214-645-8525
  • Research: Suppressive mechanisms of solid tumors on innate immune system, develop novel therapeutic strategies that bridge innate and adaptive immune responses to eradicate solid tumors, develop nanomedicine...
Damiana Chiavolini
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Damiana Chiavolini, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-645-0908
Deepak Gurbani
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Deepak Gurbani, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-645-0329
  • Research: DNA damage and repair; structure-guided drug design for development of reversible and irreversible inhibitors for different cancer-associated kinases
Janice Ortega Rodriguez
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Janice Ortega Rodriguez, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-9869
  • Research: PCNA phosphorylation in cancer initiation and progression; mismatch repair (MMR) role in genomic stability and DNA damage response
Medhat Elhalawany
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Medhat Elhalawany, Ph.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-9277
  • Research: Tumor biology of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma
Laurentiu (Larry) Pop
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Laurentiu (Larry) Pop, M.D.

  • Instructor
  • Phone: 214-648-9915

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Administration

Cheryl Hoppe
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Cheryl Hoppe

  • Administrative Coordinator
  • Phone: 214-648-1457
Rajini Pathmanathan
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Rajini Pathmanathan

  • Sr. Program Coordinator
  • Phone: 214-645-8560
Phillis Williams
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Phillis Williams

  • Sr. Administrative Assistant I
  • Phone: 214-648-2051
Hung-Ying (Eric) Shih
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Hung-Ying (Eric) Shih, M.S., M.B.A.

  • Technical Support Specialist III
  • Phone: 214-648-1222
Jennifer Staples
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Jennifer Staples

  • Administrative Associate
  • Phone: 214-648-1162

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Grants and Finance

LaDonna Cox
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LaDonna Cox

  • Manager of Research Finance
  • Phone: 214-648-1211
De'Anica Gonzalez
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De'Anica Gonzalez

  • Accounting Supervisor
  • Phone: 214-648-8023
Mary James
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Mary James

  • Accountant III
  • Phone: 214-648-8017
Maguel Dillett
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Maguel Dillett

  • Accountant I
  • Phone: 214-645-1686
Maria Fonseca
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Maria Fonseca

  • Accountant III
  • Phone: 214-648-6071

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