Biological responses to radiation exposure; DNA damage and repair, cell killing and survival, carcinogenesis and genetic effects.
Noncredit courses do not produce academic credit nor appear on a Colorado State University academic transcript.
This course is also available as a credit option. See the ERHS 551 A course page if you are obtaining a degree and need the credits!
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Radiobiology for the Radiologist, 7th Ed. (2012)
Hall, Eric J. and Giaccia, Amato J.
- Why We Need Nuclear Power: The Environmental Case* (2014)
Fox, Michael H.
*optional, but recommended
There will be additional readings for specific class topics.
Dr. Bailey is a professor and a cancer molecular biologist in the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences (ERHS). Her current research program, funded primarily by NASA, focuses on the role of chromosomes and telomeres (the ends of chromosomes) in cancer and other human disease states (e.g., cardiovascular disease). Studies focus on interactions between telomeres and DNA repair, with the ultimate goal of shedding light on a key issue in these increasingly overlapping fields—how cells distinguish between natural chromosomal termini and broken DNA ends. Such studies also impact investigation of telomere length maintenance by telomerase as an informative biomarker of biological aging, and therefore disease risk, which is influenced by a variety of lifestyle factors, including stress (e.g., nutritional, psychological, physical) and environmental exposures (e.g., UV and ionizing radiations).