Radiation Biology Program

Program Directors

  • Maximilian Diehn, MD, PhD

    Maximilian Diehn, MD, PhD

    Jack, Lulu, and Sam Willson Professor and Professor of Radiation Oncology (Radiation Therapy)

  • Quynh-Thu Le, MD

    Quynh-Thu Le, MD

    Katharine Dexter McCormick and Stanley McCormick Memorial Professor and Professor, by courtesy, of Otolaryngology - Head & Neck Surgery (OHNS)

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.

Program Aims:

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