Associate Professor Janice Pluth joined the Health Physics and Diagnostic Sciences department during fall 2017 and teaches Radiation Biology within the undergraduate program.
Dr. Pluth’s research focuses on understanding the mechanisms that contribute to the etiology of radiation-induced mammary carcinogenesis. She has a career-long interest in repair of DNA double-strand breaks, the most damaging lesion induced by radiation. Her work elucidates the proteins, pathways, and networks critical for the damage response. Her undergraduate training was in microbiology at the University of Minnesota, she earned her Ph.D. in microbiology and molecular genetics at the University of Vermont, and completed postdoctoral training at Lawrence Livermore Laboratory and Stanford.
Dr. Pluth is on Council for the Radiation Research Society, and is secretary of Environmental Mutagenesis and Genomics Society.