2021 Undergraduate Summer Research Program Participant

Home Department: Physics
Mentor: Edward Graves (Radiation Oncology - Radiation Physics)

“The Immune Response of FLASH Radiotherapy in Immunocompetent Versus Immunocompromised Mice”

Oscar is comparing the immune responses of different mice between no radiation therapy, conventional radiotherapy, and FLASH radiotherapy. He is working to determine whether immune responses are required in FLASH radiotherapy by analyzing the tumor volume and the immune cell recruitment of the mice after radiation. Oscar is learning about immune system responses as well as the physics and biophysics of radiation therapy. He is also developing skills in animal handling, tumor inoculation, and statistical analysis methods.