Radiation and Cancer Biology

Radiation Oncology’s Division of Cancer Biology includes outstanding researchers who are pushing forward the frontiers of research in cancer. Their laboratories are involved in tumor angiogenesis and blood flow research, tumor response to hyperthermia, tumor suppressor genes, genomic imprinting in cancer, cell immortalization and telomerase, secondary messengers, gene therapy, and heat sensitive liposomes. The Cancer Biology Division offers many opportunities for translational research and hosts graduate students, post graduate fellows, and medical students seeking research opportunities.

Dewhirst Lab

Kirsch Lab

The goal of the Kirsch Laboratory is to utilize genetic knowledge to model human cancer in the mouse in order to study the initiation, progression, and metastasis of cancer

Koontz Lab

Developed the first conformal high energy animal model of prostate radiotherapy

Horton Lab

Primary clinical and research focus revolves around women with breast cancer


Palmer Lab

Developing quantitative optical imaging methods for assessing tumor physiology and hemodynamics

Floyd Lab

Our lab focuses on studying mechanisms of DNA damage signaling and repair in human and other mammalian cells. Acquiring deeper knowledge on how cancer cells repair DNA damage, or lack of such capabilities thereof, can lead to improved cancer treatments in the clinic.