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Department of Radiation Oncology

Department of Radiation Oncology

Angel Moran, award winner for the 2014 ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship

June 1,2014

Congratulations to Angel Moran, who under the tutelage of Drs. Vaughan and Li, was selected by the ASTRO Healthcare Access and Training Subcommittee as an award winner for the 2014 ASTRO Minority Summer Fellowship Award. Mr. Moran will be provided $2,400 from ASTRO to execute his research project this summer with Dr. Li/Dr. Vaughan at our Oak Park Research Building and an additional $600 to assist with travel expenses to the annual meeting. His research fellowship award focuses on the how protracted irradiation generates selective DNA damage is linked to radiation resistance. In particular, prior testing has shown significant variation in radiation sensitivity for individual clonal survivors isolated from the MCF7 cell line exposed to experimentally applied conventional fractionation. Such clones, if made radiation resistant secondary to the fractionation schedule, are more likely to survive and pose a clinical problem. It is his hypothesis of this work that it is the cyclic application of DNA damage and repair, within a tumor environment that is already compromised in terms of its repair capacity, which generates a unique genomic constitution linked to survival. Congratulations, Angel!