Douglas Spitz, PhD has been named the new Director for the Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program. This program has been a premiere graduate program for Free Radical and Radiation Biology over the past 40 years. The leadership was admirably being lead by Dr. Larry Oberley who is stepping down. This distinguished program has both significant training and research components. Along with its critical relationship within the Department of Radiation Oncology, multidisciplinary collaboration has been a hallmark of this programs success.
In short review, Dr. Spitz received his bachelor's degree at Grinnell College here in Iowa and went on to receive his PhD from our own Free Radical and Radiation Biology Program in 1984. He then went on to receive additional training at UCSF in the Radiation Oncology Research Laboratory and then joined the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Virginia. He became an Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology at Washington University in St. Louis prior to joining the University of Iowa faculty as Associate Professor in February 2000. Since joining the faculty he has been promoted to Professor with Tenure in July 2006. He is extensively funded from the NIH for his research and is an internationally regarded speaker.