Experimental Radiation Oncology

Radiation oncologists

The Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology (ERO) is the laboratory-based research arm of the Division of Radiation Oncology. Our research encompasses the biology of tumor- and normal-tissue interactions with radiation and other agents used for cancer treatment. Current investigations by our faculty include the following fields of study: 

  • DNA damage repair
  • Metastasis
  • Angiogenesis
  • Apoptosis
  • Transcription
  • Invasion
  • Cancer stem cells
  • Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition
  • Signaling
  • Biomarkers
  • Therapy resistance

Experimental Radiation Oncology is home to the Specific-Pathogen Free Barrier Animal Colony, a certified breeding and housing center that is the single largest provider of SPF-defined flora nude mice for MD Anderson investigators.

The department also trains students, postdoctoral fellows, clinical fellows and residents in the fundamentals of tumor biology, and provides leadership to an institution-wide program for postdoctoral fellows.