Gabriel O. Sawakuchi, Ph.D.
Gabriel received his undergraduate and master’s degrees in Physics from the University of Sao Paulo, Brazil. He received his Ph.D. in Physics from Oklahoma State University and completed a postdoctoral fellowship at in the Department of Radiation Physics at MD Anderson. Then, Gabriel spend 3 years in the Physics Department at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada as a tenure-track Assistant Professor. Gabriel joined the Radiation Physics Department at MD Anderson as a tenure-track Assistant Professor in February 2013. He is a clinical medical physicist at Physics Gastrointestinal group and a regular member of The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston. Gabriel's research interests include radiation-induced DNA damage response, development of new radiation detectors for applications in radiotherapy and radiobiology, and Monte Carlo radiation transport simulations.
Simona F. Shaitelman, MD, EdM
Simona received her undergraduate degree in history from Princeton University and served as a Fulbright Scholar at the Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Científicas, Spain. She received an EdM in adult education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, and an MD from Harvard Medical School. She completed her internship in internal medicine at The Mount Sinai Hospital in New York and radiation oncology residency at the William Beaumont Hospital in Michigan. She joined the Department of Radiation Oncology at the MD Anderson in 2011, where she serves as an Associate Professor, Tenure-Track. Clinically, Simona treats breast cancer patients with radiation. She is the Medical Director of the Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema Screening Initiative and the Lead of the Biomarker Initiative for the Department of Radiation Oncology. Her clinical-translational research include: biological effects of targeted radiation to intact HR+ breast cancers; role of the immune system in the development of breast cancer-related lymphedema after radiation; intersection of DNA repair defects and biological responses to radiation; and biomarkers of radiation response.
Sharmistha Chakraborty, Ph.D.
Scott J. Bright, Ph.D.
Scott completed his B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences and Ph.D. in Cell Biology at Oxford Brookes University. His PhD investigated the effects of ionizing radiation on subcellular structures and the potential implications for non-targeted effects of ionizing radiation. This work evolved to look at the role of exosomes in radiation induced intercellular signaling. Scott’s research at MD Anderson is to understand the interplay of radiation LET and biology and its implications for radiotherapy.
Conor H. McFadden, M.Sc.
Senior Research Engineer
Conor received his B.Sc. in Physics from Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. Conor then completed his M.Sc. in Physics at Carleton University under the supervision of Sawakuchi. His research entails developing instrumentation for biological and radiation measurements applications. He is an expert on construction optical instruments. He has built three portable confocal microscopes optimized for live cell imaging. He is also an expert in live cell imaging processing, and radiation detection.
David S. Yoon, M.Sc.
Research Assistant II
David Y received his B.Sc. in Biology from UC Riverside and M.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences from Barry University in Miami. David Y. has over 10 years of experience in laboratory research and animal manipulation. He supports all the wet lab projects and manages all the animal related work including animal handling, and manipulation in the lab. David Y. is particularly interested in radiation-induced cell death pathways, radiation-induced cell cycle arrest and the use of mouse tumor models in both immune competent and deficient mice to study tumor response.
David B. Flint, B.Sc.
In 2011, David F began working in Sawakuchi’s lab at Carleton University, Ottawa, Canada, where he completed his undergraduate research project on the characterization of Al2O3:C OSLDs. Flint continued his work on the OSL project as a research assistant in Sawakuchi’s lab in the summer of 2012. Flint received his B.Sc. in Physics and Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics from Carleton University in the spring of 2013. He worked as a research assistant at MD Anderson from May 2013 to May 2014. He is currently a doctoral graduate student in Medical Physics at the University of Texas Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The current focus of his research is particle therapy biology.
- Sathvik Aithala, Research Assistant I from 2018-2019. Business Analyst at TechnipFMC
- Zachary Metzler, AAPM Summer Undergrad Student from Jun-Aug 2018. Undergrad Student and Loyola University
- Sruthi Sivabhaskar, MD Anderson Summer Experience Undergrad Student from Jun-Aug 2017. Undergrad Student and at Texas A&M University
- Hatim Amiji, Rice University Undergrad Student from 2017-2018. Undergrad Student at Rice University
- Daniel O'Brien, Postdoctoral Fellow from 2015-2018. Physicist at Elekta Inc.
- Dhanatcha Sadetaporn, Rice University Undergrad Student from 2015-2017. Medical Student
- Keerti Thallapureddy, MD Anderson Summer Experience Undergrad Student from Jun-Aug 2017. Medical Student.
- Felisberto A. Ferreira, Postdoctoral Fellow from 2014-2015. Assistant Professor at Instituto Federal de Santa Catarina, Brazil.
- Dal Granville, Ph.D. student from 2011-2015. Medical Physicist at The Ottawa Hospital, Canada.
- Mark Leibensperger, AAPM Summer Undergrad Student from Jun-Aug 2014. Clinical Data Coordinator at UPenn.
- Timothy Hallacy, Rice University Undergrad Student from 2013-2015. PhD student in Biophysics at Harvard University.
- Grant Emery, AAPM Summer Undergrad Student from Jun-Aug 2013. Currently a National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) Graduate Fellow.
- Michelle Mathis, Postdoctoral Fellow from 2013-2014. At Rice University.
- Azeez Omotayo, M.Sc. student from 2010-2012. Clinical Researcher Associate at CancerCare Manitoba, Canada.
- Mathew Chequers, Undergrad Student from 2011-2012. PhD Student in Astrophysics at Queen's University, Canada.
- Andrew Scullion, Undergrad Student from 2010-2011. PhD Student in Material Sciences at McMaster University, Canada