Molecular Radiation and Cancer Biology Division

Learn more about the faculty of the Molecular Radiation and Cancer Biology Division.

Dr. Aaron Grossberg is an assistant professor of radiation medicine. Dr. Grossberg is interested in the use of stereotactic body radiation therapy (SBRT) for treatment of both early and locally-advanced pancreas cancer with an emphasis on genetic and molecular factors that affect toxicities after radiation therapy. In a joint appointment with the Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center and the Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care, Dr. Grossberg studies the interaction between cancer and metabolism in an effort to identify ways to diagnose cancers sooner and improve the quality of life of cancer patients.

Dr. Joe Gray explores mechanisms by which genomic, transcriptional and proteomic abnormalities occur in selected cancers, elucidates how these abnormalities contribute to cancer pathophysiologies and assesses the ways in which these abnormalities influence responses to gene targeted therapies.

Dr. Josh Walker is an assistant professor with the departments of Radiation Medicine and Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology. His primary research interests are to understand the mechanisms that underlie T cell dysfunction in cancer and to help develop multi-modality treatment regimens to prevent or reverse this dysfunction. His clinical training is in radiation oncology and much of his recent work has pursued a better understanding of how radiotherapy can be used with immunomodulation to stimulate and reactivate tumor-specific CD8 T cells.

Dr. Stuart Helfand is dedicated to improving the health of animals with cancer while at the same time capitalizing on the unique opportunities presented by spontaneous tumors in pet animals as models for comparable cancers in humans.  He is Professor of Oncology in the College of Veterinary Medicine, Oregon State University.

Dr. William Morgan garnered a reputation as being a leading instructor in classical and molecular radiobiology of the past two decades.  Dr. Morgan is currently the Director of Radiation Biology & Biophysics in the Biological Sciences Division of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratories.  He serves as the PI for U.S. Department of Energy's Low Dose Radiation Scientific Focus Area Program at PNNL.