Radiobiology and Imaging Program (Abramson Cancer Center)

The Radiobiology and Imaging Program, one of the research programs supported by the Abramson Cancer Center, seeks to improve patient outcomes through the advanced understanding of how ionizing and non-ionizing radiation interacts with cancer and normal tissues. The programmatic goals are: (1) Study molecular mechanisms of radiation response and identify targets to improve radiotherapy. (2) Elucidate mechanisms underlying use of Photodynamic Therapy (PDT) and translate to the clinic. (3) Develop methods for measuring and altering tumor oxygenation and metabolic status and understand the molecular events governing cell death by IR and physiological stresses. (4) Develop novel techniques to image the interaction between radiation, PDT and tissues, and (5) Understand the biological effects of Protons to inform their effective clinical use.

Seminar Schedule 2023-2024

All seminars are at 12:00-1:00pm in Smilow 8-146

Date Speaker and Title

Thursday, 09/21/2023

Alex Lin, MD
Department of Radiation Oncology
“Personalized, Risk-Adaptive Therapy for Head and Neck Cancer”

Thursday, 10/19/2023

Abass Alavi, MD
Department of Radiology
“Evolving Role of PET In Assessing Cardio-Vascular and Other Complications of Photon and Proton Therapy”

Thursday, 11/16/2023

Sarah B. Gitto, PhD
Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
"PET imaging of PARP-1 as a biomarker of drug response in breast and ovarian cancer”

Thursday, 01/18/2024

Rodney Wiersma, PhD
Research Associate Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
“Development of an AI assisted 3D conformal small animal radiation therapy system”

Thursday, 02/29/2024

Lin Z. Li, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Radiology
“In vivo magnetic resonance spectroscopy studies of bioenergetics and NAD redox status"

Thursday, 03/21/2024 Ling Qin, PhD
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

“Marrow adipoprogenitors facilitate bone marrow recovery after anti-cancer cytotoxic therapies"

Thursday, 04/18/2024 Michael Soulen, MD
Department of Radiology
"Ongoing Clinical Trials in Penn IR"
Thursday, 05/09/2024 He Nucleus Xu, PhD
Research Assistant Professor
Department of Radiology

“Optical redox imaging studies of disease state and NAD supplementation in immunotherapy”

Schedule from previous years