Investigator; Hematology, Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplantation
Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC
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Graduate School: 

State University of New York at Buffalo, Radiation Biology (MS)
State University of New York at Buffalo, Radiation Biology (PhD)


Los Alamos Scientific Laboratory, Los Alamos, New Mexico, Director’s Fellowship: Radiation Biology and Photobiology



2012 - Recipient, Provost’s Mentoring Award, University of Southern California 2012- Recipient, T.J. Dougherty Lifetime Achievement Award, Society for Porphyrins and Phthalocyanines


Induction of prosurvival molecules during treatment: rethinking therapy options for photodynamic therapy. Gomer CJ. J Natl Compr Canc Netw. 2012 Oct 1 10 Suppl 2:S35-9.

Pro-apoptotic and anti-inflammatory properties of the green tea constituent epigallocatechin gallate increase photodynamic therapy responsiveness. Ferrario A, Luna M, Rucker N, Wong S, Gomer CJ. Lasers Surg Med. 2011 Sep 43(7):644-50. doi: 10.1002/lsm.21081.

Enhancement of photodynamic therapy by 2,5-dimethyl celecoxib, a non-cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitor analog of celecoxib. Ferrario A, Lim S, Xu F, Luna M, Gaffney KJ, Petasis NA, Schönthal AH, Gomer CJ. Cancer Lett. 2011 May 1 304(1):33-40. doi: 10.1016/j.canlet.2011.01.023. Epub 2011 Feb 19.

Targeting the tumor microenvironment using photodynamic therapy combined with inhibitors of cyclooxygenase-2 or vascular endothelial growth factor. Ferrario A, Gomer CJ. Methods Mol Biol. 2010 635:121-32. doi: 10.1007/978-1-60761-697-9_9.

Identification of MAP kinase pathways involved in COX-2 expression following photofrin photodynamic therapy. Luna M, Ferrario A, Wong S, Gomer CJ. Methods Mol Biol. 2010 635:47-63. doi: 10.1007/978-1-60761-697-9_4.

Research Interests: 

radiation biology

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