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.
Scott J. Bright, Ph.D.
Scott completed his B.Sc. in Biomedical Sciences and Ph.D. in Cell Biology at Oxford Brookes University. His Ph.D. 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 then moved to MD Anderson as a Postdoctoral Fellow (2017-2020) and since 2020 he is an Instructor. His research at MD Anderson is to understand the interplay of radiation LET and biology and its implications for radiotherapy.
David B. Flint, Ph.D.
David received his undergraduate degree (Combined Honours B.Sc. in Physics and Chemistry with a minor in Mathematics) from Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada) in 2013. He worked as a research assistant in the Department of Radiation Physics at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center (Houston, TX) from 2013-2014 before enrolling in a doctoral program at the MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Houston, TX) where he received his Ph.D. in Medical Physics in 2021. David is currently an Advanced Fellow in Radiation Physics in the Department of Radiation Physics at MD Anderson and the current focus of his research is particle therapy biology.
Mandira Manandhar, Ph.D.
Mandira received her B.S and M.S in Microbiology from Idaho State University and Ph.D. in Molecular Carcinogenesis from UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS). Her doctorate research was focused on DNA repair mechanisms and proteins involved in repair of crosslinks in human cells. She then did a year of postdoctoral research in Wake Forest Baptist Health, North Carolina where she studied the mechanism of a novel drug modified from 5FU in decreasing the survival of cancer cells through inhibition of Topoisomerase I, in vitro and in vivo. Currently as a postdoctoral fellow in the Sawakuchi-Shaitelman lab, she is interested in studying enhancing radiation therapy using various DNA repair inhibitors and the mechanisms involved.
Mariam Ben Kacem, Ph.D.
Mariam received her Master’s degree in Physiology, Physiopathology and Metabolism; and her Ph.D. in Radiobiology at Sorbonne University (Paris, France.) During her Ph.D., she focused on multiparametric radiobiological parameters to predict radiation-induced adverse effects on healthy tissues. Her research at MD Anderson focuses on the effect of PARP inhibitors combined with radiation (proton and photon) in breast cancer cells in vitro and in vivo.
David Martinus, B.Sc.
Ph.D. Student (Medical Physics)
David Martinus received his B.Sc. in Physics from Purdue University. He is currenlty a Ph.D. student in Medical Physics at MD Anderson Cancer Center UTHealth Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (Houston, TX). His project is focuses on the effects of alpha particles in cancer cells.
Tiantong (Thomas) Zhang, B.Sc.
Visiting M.Sc. Student (Medical Physics, Hofstra University)
Thomas received his bachelor degree in Physics. He is currenlty a
second year student in MSc program in Medical Physics at Hofstra
University. He is doing research as a visiting a visiting student in
the Sawakuchi-Shaitelman Lab. His work is to test a variable RBE model
developed in the Sawakuchi-Shaitelman lab of proton therapy.
Rishab is an undergraduate student in Biosciences at Rice University. He is interested in the development of new radiosensitizers and radiation-induced immune stimulation. Rishab’s research at MD Anderson focuses on understanding the mechanism behind radiosensitizers and their significance to radiation response.
Emma is an undergradute student in Physics at Rice University. He research aims to test PARP inhinition combined with radiotherapy for radiosensitization and to amplify radiation-induced immune stimulation.
High School Student
Ilsa is a high school student from Emery/Weiner School in Houston. Her research focuses on understanding the effects of an inhitior of ATR in breast cancer cell lines.
High School Student
Akanksha is a high school student from Seven Lakes High School, katy, TX. Her research focuses on understanding the effects of a PARP inhinitor in breast cancer cell lines.
- Broderick X. Turner, Research Assitant II from 2020-2021. Ph.D. Student at the University of Texas Houston Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences.
- Conor H. McFadden, Sr Research Engineer from 2011-2020. Ph.D. Student at UT Southwestern.
- Sharmistha Chakraborty, Research Scientist from 2017-2020. Research Scientist at the Department of Integrative Medicine, MD Anderson.
- David S. Yoon, Research Assistant II from 2017-2019. School of Health Professionals Student.
- 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. Ph.D. 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. Ph.D. Student in Astrophysics at Queen's University, Canada.
- Andrew Scullion, Undergrad Student from 2010-2011. Ph.D. Student in Material Sciences at McMaster University, Canada