Our laboratory research work focuses on treatment planning and light dosimetry for interstitial and intraoperative PDT. We aim to improve the quality of life and survival for patients with locally advanced head neck cancer or lung cancer, who failed to respond to standard therapies or have no effective current treatments. We work in close collaboration with physicians to translate the technologies developed in the laboratory into the clinic. The laboratory also supports clinical studies and off label use of PDT in the treatment of patients with head and neck and lung cancer.
Integrated Image-Guided Dosimetry and Treatment Planning for Photodynamic Therapy
Source and ID: R01 CA193610 NCI/NIH
Project Period: 12/1/15-11/30/20
Role: Principal investigator (PI)
Major Goals: The objective of this study is to use the power of our integrated dosimetry system to study and define optimal fluence rate and fluence for interstitial photodynamic therapy in locally advanced head and neck cancer.
Mechanisms and Strategies for Optimization
Source and ID: P01 CA55791 NCI/NIH
Project Period: 6/16/15-5/31/19
Role: Project Co-Leader
Description: The major goal of this program project is to demonstrate that PDT with HPPH results in long-term tumor responses that compare, or better than, the current standards of care. In the scientific part of this project, we will research how PDT can be improved by enhancing cancer cells’ retention of new photosensitizing drugs, based on tumor-specific characteristics, and investigate how PDT impacts patient antitumor immunity.
Interstitial Intensity Modulated Photodynamic Therapy (i-IMPDT)
Source and ID: R43CA213654, Simphotek Inc NIH/NCI
Project Period: 06/1/2017 – 11/30/2017
Role: Subcontract PI
Description: The major goal of this project is to develop a commercial prototype of software and hardware that will include computational tool for light transport and photokinetics for interstitial PDT.