Chris Betzing

Staff Rank:

Graduate Student


Radiation Medicine


Oregon Health Science University, 2011 - Present
Oregon State University BS Radiation Health Physics (Cum Laude), 2007-2011
Lake Oswego High School, 2003-2007


Christopher is from Lake Oswego, Oregon and is currently a graduate MS student in Bioinformatics at OHSU. He graduated Cum Laude from Oregon State University with a BS in Radiation Health Physics, pre-medicine. He was a member of the Biophysics/Biochemistry and Premed Clubs; Dean's List/Honor Roll, National Society of Collegiate Scholars Honor Society, Alpha Lambda Delta Honor Society and OSU'S Honors College. In addition, he was selected for the Oregon State University Waldo-Cummings Outstanding Student Awards for academic excellence/community service and achievement in 2008, 2009 and 2010. In 2011, based on his high scholastic achievements, integrity and potential achievement in applied Nuclear Science and Nuclear Engineering, Chris was selected for membership in the Alpha Nu Sigma Honor Society.

Diploma Photo:

Chris with Dr. Thomas

Chris is the recipient of scholarships from:

  • Legacy Meridian Park Medical Auxiliary
  • OSU Diversity and Leadership
  • Portland Skyliner Tall Club
  • Bonneville Power Administration Associates
  • Pacific NW Federal Credit Union
  • Powis Lee & Winifred Heitmeyer Science Scholarship
  • National Society of Collegiate Scholars
  • Guest speaker at OHSU Radiation Medicine sponsored Rubenstein Workshop (2008 & 2009)
  • Betty Wang Memorial Scholarship for Outstanding Science Student - 2009
  • Oregon State University Retirees Scholarship - 2010
  • Waldo Cummings Outstanding Student (2008, 2009, 2010)
  • Co-author of Research Paper entitled, "Influence of Patient Setup Strategies on Accumulated Dose in Stereotactic Body Radiation Therapy for Lung Cancer" submitted for published in the International Journal of Radiation Oncology * Biology * Physics.

2011 - Present:

Chris is currently working on his masters' thesis with Dr. Wayne Zundel, Director of OHSU's Molecular Radiation and Cancer Biology Division. In addition, Chris serves as a Graduate Research Associate with OHSU's Radiation Medicine Department. Upon graduation from OHSU Bioinformatics MS Program in June 2013, Christopher plans to obtain his MD degree and practice in the field of Radiation/Oncology.


Chris was selected for the Preceptorship Medical Program and performed and in depth shadowing opportunities with Dr. Mary Austin-Seymour, Department of Radiation Oncology and her staff at Good Samaritan Hospital, Corvallis, OR.

Summer 2008 to 2010:

Selected as department Undergraduate College Research Associate within the Department of Radiation Medicine at OHSU. Chris recently completed a comprehensive research project with Dr. Jianzhou Wu that involved determining which of the techniques commonly used by physicians to define the tumor volume is the most accurate and gives the best tumor dose. Another project he worked on studied the effectiveness of gating on lung SBRT plans to see whether there was any major dose degradation and what factors would help predict the degradation so that they could be accounted for prior to treatment.

Summer 2007:

While serving as a volunteer at OHSU, Chris performed comprehensive work shadowing within the Department of Radiation Medicine and worked directly with the physicians, technicians, therapists, physicist, on all aspects of cancer treatment, surgery, and patient care.

Summer 2006:

Christopher was selected as a research intern at Oregon Health Science University (OHSU) Hearing Research Center with Dr. John Brigande where he helped design an immunohistochemistry procedure that found a less expensive and time consuming way to detect cells infected with a particular strain of virus.