Radiation Biology Program

About Radiation Biology

The Radiation Biology Program is focused on increasing the effectiveness of radiotherapy for both local tumor control and the survival outcomes of cancer patients. 

Program members investigate new ways to enhance the efficacy of radiotherapy by targeting the tumor microenvironment, protecting normal tissue from radiation toxicity, and developing new technology to deliver radiation in a focused manner at high speed. To achieve these goals, basic discovery science, high throughput screening and preclinical models are used to obtain critical supporting data to take these approaches into clinical trials. Thus, the program includes both basic and translational science. 

Program research is focused on two major scientific aims: 

  • To develop pharmacologic and biologic agents to combine with radiotherapy to improve local tumor control and prevent metastatic spread.
  • To develop new approaches to administer radiotherapy or combined modality therapy to test in clinical trials.

Program Directors

Jack, Lulu and Sam Willson Professor, Professor of Radiation Oncology, and by courtesy, of Obstetrics and Gynecology and of Surgery
Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery

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