Radiation Oncology Research Programs
Radiation Biology Research Laboratory
I. Graduate Program (Ph.D. in Radiation Biology track)
The graduate program in Radiation Biology, which is offered through Radiological Sciences Graduate Program at Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, provides a self-contained course suitable for Radiation Oncology residents, Radiobiology Research Scholars, and Medical Physicists. The course accounts for all the rapidly accumulating advancement in the field of Radiation Biology. A well-rounded faculty specializing in specific topics is dedicated to educate and prepare the residents for board exams. Basic Radiation Biology, a core course, and Radiation and Cell Signaling, an elective course, are offered for the residents in Radiation Oncology. Outstanding research laboratories and combined course work with in coming graduate students provide a conducive academic environment for the residents to interact and exchange ideas on diagnostic radiology, nuclear medicine, medical imaging, radiotherapy, and cancer biology.
II. Post Doctoral Training in Radiation Oncology
The postdoctoral training program is largely funded by the independent investigators' grant support. The objective is to motivate and train the researchers in understanding cellular response to radiation and/or chemotherapy and utilize that basic knowledge to identify key mediators that could be targeted to improve therapeutic gain. Studies will be validated in vitro studies followed by parallel in vivo studies and extended to clinics. The focus of the training includes, but is not limited to, systematic research experience in the laboratory, seminars and conferences, collaborations, and exposure to clinical set-ups. This would allow the researchers to personally experience how basic research at the 'bench side' could efficiently be translated to the 'bed side' at the clinics. The research fellows will be encouraged and assisted to write grant proposals in order to mold him/her to become independent investigators who could successfully pursue research in the field of Radiation Oncology and progress in their career. The prevailing collaborative research niche between the researchers and the residents allows the physicians in-training to efficiently translate biomedical research from the laboratory to clinical care. Altogether this would create an opportunity for the graduating physicians to advance towards improving patient care in their clinical practice and develop a career in academic medicine.
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