Susan Braunhut's Research Laboratory

Research Team

Braunhut-Susan-optSusan Braunhut, Ph.D.

Expertise: Radiation Therapy and Medical Countermeasures for Radiological Terrorism; Development of Novel Cancer Treatments and Biosensors for Toxicity Testing and Cancer Diagnosis.

Educational Background: B.A. from Kent State University; M.A. from the University of Hartford; M.S. and Ph.D. from Columbia University; Postdoctoral Fellowships in Biophysics and Physiology and then in Vascular Biology at the Harvard Medical School. Tenure track faculty appointment within the Cannon Society of Harvard Medical School.

Braunhut has supported her independent research laboratory since 1986 through extramural funding acquisition from federal sources (DOD, DARPA, NIH, NSF) while teaching and performing service at the university and within the community. Braunhut has worked continuously in the areas of cancer therapy and diagnosis, radiobiology and biosensors. Her current laboratory includes full-time research staff and undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students conducting research in these areas. Braunhut serves as a reviewer for three national study sections and reviews manuscripts for numerous journals. Her work has been published in nationally recognized and international journals.

Braunhut was elected University Professor in September 2008. The title of University Professor is the most esteemed title bestowed on faculty at UMass Lowell. The honor recognizes an individual who, over a period of years, has consistently demonstrated exemplary teaching, nationally significant research, and extraordinary service to the university community. The professorship ran from September 2008 through August 2011. She became a Fulbright Scholar in 2011 and serves now as a Fulbright scholar review panelists. She is also a Aspen Institute Scholar.  

Braunhut is the elected chair of the faculty development committee at UMass Lowell. She leads the committees activities to foster interdisciplinary communities within and across departments and colleges, leading to an engaged faculty and to inspire and assist the faculty to realize their highest potential for teaching, research, scholarship, and service throughout a productive career.

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Abiche Dewilde, Ph.D.

Abiche Dewilde, Ph.D. is a Postdoctoral Fellow and research scientist in the Braunhut Lab.

Educational Background: B.S. from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Biotechnology; M.S. from the University of Massachusetts Lowell in Biology; Ph.D. from University of Massachusetts in Biomedical Engineering and Biotechnology; Postdoctoral Fellowships in radiation mitigation biology at University of Massachusetts Lowell.

Dewilde has conducted research on multiple grants on tissue and limb regeneration, cancer treatment using nano particle conjugated targeted therapies, nanotoxicology research and cancer research using the Quartz Crystal Microbalance (QCM), and is currently studying mitigators of radiation induced lung pneumonitis in in vivo models using gamma and neutron radiation at the UMass Lowell research nuclear reactor under Braunhut’s supervision. 

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Annette Figueroa

Annette is an administrator and lab manager for the Braunhut Lab and is the administrator for the faculty development committee.

Trainees: Students in the Braunhut Lab are engaged in the research projects described above. 

Sheila Nguyen: Sheila is a master’s student in the Braunhut Lab. Sheila is currently studying radiation induced lung pneumonitis in in vivo models using gamma and neutron radiation, as well as radiation effects on microvascular endothelial cells at the UMass Lowell research nuclear reactor under Dr. Braunhut’s supervision. 

Meredith Mahnke: Meredith is a master’s student in the Braunhut Lab. Meredith is currently studying radiation induced lung pneumonitis in in vivo models using gamma and neutron radiation at the UMass Lowell research nuclear reactor under Dr. Braunhut’s supervision. 

Minal Rana: Minal is a senior in the Braunhut Lab. Minal is currently studying radiation effects on microvascular endothelial cells at the UMass Lowell research nuclear reactor.

Laura Magee: Laura is a sophomore honors student in the Braunhut Lab. Monica is currently studying radiation induced lung pneumonitis in in vivo models using gamma and neutron radiation at the UMass Lowell research nuclear reactor under Dr. Braunhut’s supervision.