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Dr McMahon’s research focuses on applying mathematical and computational techniques to better understand and describe radiation responses.

This techniques have been applied in a range of areas, including the use of gold nanoparticle radiosensitisers; predicting differential effects of X-ray, proton and carbon ion irradiation; and exploring the impact of intercellular communication on radiation sensitivity.

By linking these models with clinical applications, they can serve to bridge the gap between lab and clinic and inform future radiotherapy treatments.

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Dr McMahon is open to PhD applications in areas of modelling responses to radiotherapy, including;

  • Proton Relative Biological Effectiveness
  • Intrinsic radiosensitivity
  • The impacts of intercellular communication on radiation responses
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  • Marie Curie International Fellowship (2014-2017)
  • Queen’s University Research Fellowship (2017-2021)





Faculty of Medicine, Health and Life Sciences

School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biological Sciences

Centre For Cancer Research & Cell Biology

Advanced Radiotherapy Group 


Research students

PhD Title: Characterising mechanisms of radiation response in Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) models of Stereotactic ablative radiotherapy (SABR)

Name: Charlene Junkin
Years of Study: 2016-2019
Country: Northern Ireland


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