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Postdoctoral Research fellow, Radiation Physics
Bio I attended primary and secondary school in Houston, TX, USA. I attended The University of Texas - Austin from 2001-2005 where I double-majored in Electrical Engineering and in Physics. Afterward, I work at Harris Stratex Corporation as a quality control engineer in electronics manufacturing. I entered graduate school in 2007 at The University of Texas, MD Anderson Cancer Center where I earned a Ph.D. in Medical Physics.
I work on the early research and development of biomedical technology. I am primarily interested in the intersection of Physics, Electrical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering. My objective is to develop new medical and electronic technologies, especially in biomedical imaging, and improve the diagnosis and treatment of disease.
Professor of Radiation Oncology (Radiation Biology) and of Genetics
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Our research is aimed at defining the pathways of p53-mediated apoptosis and tumor suppression, using a combination of biochemical, cell biological, and mouse genetic approaches. Our strategy is to start by generating hypotheses about p53 mechanisms of action using primary mouse embryo fibroblasts (MEFs), and then to test them using gene targeting technology in the mouse.
Todd F. Atwood
Clinical Assistant Professor, Radiation Oncology - Radiation Physics
Current Research and Scholarly Interests My current research is focused on evaluating and improving linac-based stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) treatment planning and delivery techniques, predicting dosimetric indices in prospective plans through automated data mining, and developing new approaches for planning and delivering prone partial breast irradiation.
Instructor, Radiation Oncology - Radiation Physics
Current Research and Scholarly Interests I have been conducting research in three main areas 1) treatment planning for small animal radiotherapy, 2) x-ray fluorescence CT (XFCT) imaging for high-sensitivity molecular imaging, and 3) novel concept of radiation therapy with very high-energy electron (VHEE) beams. I am interested in dose measurements at the SLAC VHEE beamline, modeling the beamline with Monte Carlo, optimization of VHEE treatment plans and high-dose-rate radiobiology experiments.
Postdoctoral Research fellow, Radiation Biology
Current Research and Scholarly Interests Studying the role of the p53 tumor suppressor in embryonic development
Professor of Radiation Oncology, Emeritus
Current Research and Scholarly Interests We seek to understand the mechanisms responsible for the resistance of cancers to treatment and to develop strategies to overcome these resistances. We are using molecular and cellular techniques and mouse models to potentiate the activity of radiation on tumors by inhibiting the bone marrow rescue of the tumor vasculature following therapy.