Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Division of Molecular Radiation Biology

  • Overview
  • Immunotherapy
  • Bench to Bedside & Back
  • Tumor Microenvironment
  • Stem Cells

  • Next Generation of Clinicians

The Molecular Radiation Biology Division in the Department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University aims to understand the fundamental aspects of cancer biology and optimal integration of targeted therapeutics, immunotherapy, chemotherapy, radiotherapy, hyperthermia, as well as modulating a patient’s diet.  These laboratory investigations are being translated into novel clinical trials at the Kimmel Cancer Center and RTOG/NRG. Our efforts will ultimately improve patient outcomes by integrating more effective cancer therapies with less toxicity into the clinic. Our research projects are supported by grants from NCI, DOD, ASTRO and the Prostate Cancer Foundation.  


  • Adam Dicker, MD, PhD
    Professor, Chairman and Director, Experimental Radiation Oncology Division
  • Bo Lu, MD, PhD
    Professor, Director, Division of Molecular Radiation Biology
  • Dennis B. Leeper, PhD
    Professor and Founding Director
  • Robert Den, MD
    Assistant Professor
  • Mark Hurwitz, MD
    Professor and Vice-Chair for Quality, Safety, and Performance Excellence
    Director of Thermal Oncology
    Medical Student Education/Clerkship Director
  • Nicole Simone, MD
    Assistant Professor
  • Wenyin Shi, MD
    Assistant Professor
    Medical Director of Radiation Oncology at JHN

Adjunct Faculty

  • Randy Burd, PhD
    Assistant Professor, University of Arizona
  • Yaacov Richard Lawrence, MD
    Director, Center for Translational Research in Radiation Oncology
    Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer Hospital
    Tel Aviv University, Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Languino, Lucia
    Professor, Cancer Biology
  • Zhang, Jianke
    Associate Professor, Microbiology & Immunology
  • Karen Knudsen, PhD 
    Professor, Cancer Biology
  • Ullrich Rodeck, MD
    Professor of Dermatology