Uniformed Services University
of the Health Sciences
Department of Radiation Biology
Building 42, 8901 Wisconsin Avenue
Bethesda, Maryland 20889-5603
Vijay K. Singh, PhD
and Acting Chair,
Department of Radiation Biology,
School of Medicine
The Department of Radiation Biology explores the effects of ionizing radiation on signal transduction pathways, exocrine and endocrine pathways, and integrative systems biology. These studies define the cellular and molecular effects that underlie the acute and chronic health consequences of radiation exposure, identify new biomarkers and targets for drug development. Development of new model systems expands the capacity to explore the cell-to-cell interactions understanding of the injury and decipher the subtle differences in sensitivity among species.
These studies have implications for the normal tissue damage associated with therapeutic radiation and for assessment and treatment of injuries that might result from industrial accidents, a dirty bomb or a nuclear device. The efforts within the Department complement the work within the Armed Forces Radiobiology Research Institute (AFRRI), which applies the basic findings to development of new approaches to the prevention, assessment, and treatment of radiation injuries. Specific information about individual research programs can be obtained from the faculty web page.
The Department's faculty and AFRRI scientists participate in shared seminars and journal clubs. Collaborations exist within the Department, the Institute and across University departments.
The extensive radiation facilities housed at AFRRI are available for faculty and students in the Radiation Biology Department. These facilities can simulate almost any radiation exposure scenario in animal and cellular experiments. Within the University is a well-equipped state-of-the-art Biomedical Instrumentation Center with core facilities for proteomics and genomics, imaging, and flow cytometry.