Are cancer cells are more sensitive to microbeam radiation than normal cells?

Dr. Jared Snyder, a postdoctoral researcher in Dr. Adrienne Cox’s laboratory, received a cash prize and a Best Poster award at the recent UNC Department of Pharmacology Research Retreat for his poster presentation, “Using carbon nanotube field emission to probe the mechanism of tumor selectivity of microbeam radiation therapy.” Jared also discussed this work at the annual Lineberger Postdoctoral Research Day. In collaboration with physics faculty members Drs. Sha Chang and Jerry Zhang, Jared has been investigating whether cancer cells are more sensitive than normal ones to microbeam irradiation produced by a novel, nanotechnology-based single cell irradiator.