Faculty Research Initiatives - Basic Research
Basic research leads to knowledge, and knowledge leads to medical and scientific discoveries.
MOLECULAR IMAGING OF RADIOLABELED NANOCERIA: A NEW PLATFORM TO STUDY THE MECHANISM OF NORMAL TISSUE PROTECTION BY NANOCERIA DURING RADIOTHERAPY OF TUMORS
Principal Investigator: Philip R. McDonagh, PhD Candidate
Sub-investigator: Jamal Zweit, PhD
Through a two year grant awarded by the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging, the Center for Molecular Imaging at VCU is working to determine if the significance between pH level between normal and tumor microenvironments causes a change in the percentage of nanoceria that favors radioprotection of normal tissue.
DEVELOPMENT OF BIOMARKERS THAT TARGET TUMOR ASSOCIATED MACROPHAGES
Principal Investigator: Jamal Zweit, PhD
Sub-investigator: Linkun Yang, PhD
Through this two year partnership with the University of Virginia and funding through the CHRB, the Center for Molecular Imaging at VCU is working to develop special biomarkers that target macrophages specifically associated with certain tumors.