Experimental Radiation Oncology (ERO) is the laboratory-based research arm of the Radiation Oncology division. 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
- Cancer stem cells
- Epithelial-to-mesenchymal transition
- 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.
Most faculty in the Experimental Radiation Oncology department are also faculty members at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). Many masters and Ph.D. degree programs exist as a result of this relationship.
Our faculty also contributes to the classroom education of radiotherapy residents, fellows and medical physics students, and offers opportunities for laboratory-based research.