Lab Members

 


Paul Okunieff, MD

Professor and Chair

A former branch chief of Radiation Oncology at the NCI, Dr. Okunieff has been the chair of UF Radiation Oncology since 2009.His research focuses on radiation modifiers and biomarkers of normal tissue response to radiation.

Publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1BCVmdpebp3AQ/bibliography/47241508/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending

Email: pokunieff@ufl.edu

Phone: (352) 265-8470

 


Steven Swarts, PhD

Research Professor and Lab Manager

Since joining the lab in 2006, Dr. Swarts has been the project director of two biodosimetry assay development efforts and the project manager on a previous BARDA biodosimeter product development contract involving the University of Rochester, the University of Florida UF, and DiaCarta, LLC. He is currently managing an SBIR Ph1 between DiaCarta and UF as well as a NIAID BAA contract.

Publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/myncbi/browse/collection/40912484/?sort=date&direction=ascending

Email: sgswarts@ufl.edu

Phone: (352) 273-9157

 


Chaomei Liu, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Liu  brings over 20 years of experience in synthesizing small organic compounds, studying their biological activities, and developing new drugs to the Okunieff team. His current work focuses on anticancer drug development, in particular xanthone and flavone compounds and their synthetic derivatives.

Publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1ba1tRR2n6iQk/bibliograpahy/48550022/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending

Email:

Phone: (352) 273-8304

 


Steven B. Zhang, DVM, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Dr. Zhang’s studies have focused on animal and human medicine in clinical, translational, and basic sciences. With training in reproductive physiology and in vitro fertilization throughout Europe and the US, Dr. Zhang’s most recent work has focused on the role of mitochondria in radiobiology and cancer biology.

Publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1ZMmNU6gmCeAR/bibliograpahy/47207613/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending

Email: bszhang@ufl.edu

Phone: (352) 273-8306

 


Zhenhuan Zhang, MD, PhD

Assistant Scientist

Dr. Zhang is a breast cancer researcher whose studies of endocrine therapy responsiveness prediction and prognosis led to the discovery of the prognostic importance of new molecules, HDAC6 and NCOR1. Dr. Zhang’s more recent work has focused on the development of radiotoxicity mitigation agents.

Publications: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/12EY6AiBedjkD/bibliography/47181011/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending

Email: zzhang@ufl.edu

Phone: (352) 273-8306

 


Amy Zhang, RN

Research Assistant

Ms. Zhang has worked with the Okunieff Lab for over a decade performing ELISA, Western blot, RT-PCR, clonogenic assays, cell cultures, and handling mice, among other technical duties.

Publications: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sites/myncbi/1Z3eHO0J3gBk0/bibliography/47241052/public/?sort=date&direction=ascending

Email: azhang6@ufl.edu

Phone: (352) 273-8306