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Zhiyuan Shen, PhD
Professor & Chief Division of Radiation Cancer Biology

The Division of Radiation Cancer Biology (DCB) was established in 2006 as an integral part of the Department of Radiation Oncology at RWJMS.  Research has been, and continues to be, central to the division’s mission since inception. The division has a strong commitment to a wide variety of basic and translational research relevant to cancer biology and radiation biology, including DNA damage and repair, oncogenes, tumor suppressors, molecular signaling, cancer metabolism, functional genomics, experimental therapeutics, etc.

The DCB division PIs are faculty members of RWJMS and resident members of the Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey (RCINJ), and are highly collaborative. The division consists of seven independent laboratories: Shen, Haffty, Xia, Feng, Hu, Gatza, and Montagna, which are supported by funding from National Institutes of Health (NIH), Department of Defense (DOD), Breast Cancer Foundation, New Jersey Commission on Cancer Research (NJCCR), American Cancer Society (ACS), New Jersey Health Foundation, etc,.


 Research Laboratories in Radiation Cancer Biology



  • Wenwei Hu, PhD, Professor
    Interests: Gain-of-function p53 mutations, hypoxia, innate immunity


  • Cristina Montagna, PhD, Professor
    Interests: Cancer genetics and genomics, chromosomal instability