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Information about the division of Molecular Radiobiology and Targeted Imaging
Located in VCU’s Massey Cancer Center, the Division of Molecular Radiobiology and Targeted Imaging conducts research with real, tangible results that impact patients undergoing radiation therapy.
We collaborate with our colleagues within the Department of Radiation Oncology and across other disciplines including medical oncology, obstetrics and gynecology, human and molecular genetics, neurosurgery and oral health.
Information about the Division of Radiobiology's mission
The mission of this division is to conduct lab-based and clinical research that will advance the scientific knowledge of radiobiology and targeted imaging, enhance the therapeutic ratio of radiotherapy and mitigate damage to healthy tissue. Using state-of-the-art technology and methodology, we strive to make discoveries and implement clinical procedures that ultimately improve the lives of patients undergoing radiation treatment.
Division of Radiobiology and Targeted Imaging research
Division faculty, graduate students and postdocs engage in translational research studying cellular response to radiation, information transmission between cells and DNA repair. Research efforts also include the development of imaging techniques for enhanced targeting delivery of radiation.
While researchers in the division work primarily in laboratories, the goal is for clinical application to benefit patients receiving radiation treatment. For example, an ongoing endeavor to establish and expand a blood and tissue bank, with samples collected from consenting patients before, during and after radiation therapy, allows researchers to identify and examine molecular biomarkers of disease and responses to therapy.
Other areas of research within the division include:
National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants, funding from private research foundations and support from the industry fund the division’s myriad research projects.
Division of Molecular Radiobiology and Targeted Imaging contacts
Ross B. Mikkelsen, Ph.D.
Division Chair, Molecular Radiobiology and Targeted Imaging
Vice Chair, Research
Christopher S. Rabender, Ph.D.
Kristoffer Valerie, Ph.D.
Vasily A. Yakovlev, M.D., Ph.D.