Episode 57: Lauren Jackson discusses radiation exposure, including the effects of a nuclear strike
Published February 13, 2018
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    Today’s interview features Dr. Lauren Jackson, a nationally known expert in the field of tumor and normal-tissue radiobiology. She is especially recognized for her expertise in medical countermeasure development for acute radiation sickness and delayed effects of acute radiation exposure.

    Lauren is the deputy director of the Division of Translational Radiation Sciences within the Department of Radiation Oncology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine.

    Lauren, who also goes by Isabel, received her bachelors of science in microbiology from North Carolina State University in 2006, and her Ph.D. in pathology from Duke University in 2012.

    She currently is a principal or collaborating investigator on a number of industry and federally sponsored contracts and research grants. She has published extensively on the characterization and refinement of animal models of radiation-induced normal tissue injury that recapitulate the response in humans. Models developed in Lauren’s laboratory have gone on to receive FDA concurrence as appropriate for use in medical countermeasure screens.

    Lauren is a senior associate editor for Advances in Radiation Oncology, a journal of the American Society of Therapeutic Radiation Oncology, and serves as an ad hoc reviewer for several peer-reviewed journals. She also is the author of several book chapters on normal tissue tolerance to radiation, mechanisms of injury, and potential therapeutic interventions.


    Jackson’s University of Maryland web page:


    Radiation Emergency Medical Management website: (https://www.remm.nlm.gov)

    Centers for Disease Control website: (https://www.emergency.cdc.gov/radiation/index.asp)

    BARDA website:


    NIAID website:

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