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Elizabeth L. Travis, Ph.D., FASTRO

Present Title & Affiliation

Primary Appointment

Associate Vice President, Women Faculty Programs, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Mattie Allen Fair Professor in Cancer Research, Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Professor (Tenured), Department of Experimental Radiation Oncology, Division of Radiation Oncology, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Dual/Joint/Adjunct Appointment

Professor (Tenured), Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Division of Internal Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Education & Training

Degree-Granting Education

1976 Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, PHD, Experimental Pathology/Radiation Biology
1967 University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health and Graduate School of Education, Pittsburgh, PA, M.Ed., Education/Radiation Biology
1965 Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Indiana, PA, BS, Biology

Postgraduate Training

10/2010-10/2012 Executive Education Program, Women's Senior Leadership Program, Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University, Chicago, IL
1999-2000 Fellow, Hedwig van Ameringen Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine (ELAM), Philadelphia, PA
1992 Executive Development Program, Professional, Rice University and The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
1976-1979 Research Scientist (lecturer), Radiation Biology, Mount Vernon Hospital Gray Laboratory, Northwood, Middlesex, United Kingdom


Academic Appointments

Faculty Member, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX, 1982-present

Honors and Awards

2015 President's Recognition for Faculty Excellence, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
2009 Women in Medicine and Science Leadership Development Award (for an individual), Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
2007 Fellow of the American Society of Radiation Oncology (FASTRO)
1997 Mattie Allen Fair Professorship in Cancer Research, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
1995 Dean's Excellence Award for Contributions to Graduate Education, The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences
1984 Medal for Distinguished Service, Year Book Medical Publishers
1983 Clinical Society Award, U.S. Public Health Service
1976 Outstanding Young Women of America

Professional Memberships

American Association for Cancer Research
Chairperson-Elect, AACR-Women in Cancer Research (WICR), 2008-2009
Member, 1980-present
American Association for the Advancement of Science
Chair, Electorate Nominating Committee, Section on Medical Sciences, 2004-2005
Member, 1980-present
American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO)
Member, Nominating Committee and Gold Medal Award Committee, 2007-2010
Board of Directors, 1995
Member, 1973-present
Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC), Washington, DC
Member, Steering Committee, Group on Women in Medicine and Science (GWIMS), 11/2010-present
National Council on Radiation Protection and Measurements (NCRP)
Council Member, 2009-2015
Radiation Research Society
President, 1999-2000
Chair, Finance Committee, 1992-1996
Member, 1983-present
Women Executives in Science and Healthcare (Formerly Society of Executive Leadership in Academic Medicine, SELAM)
President, 2012-2013

Selected Publications

Peer-Reviewed Original Research Articles

1. Travis EL, Rachakonda G, Zhou X, Korhonen K, Sekhar KR, Biswas S, Freeman ML. NRF2 deficiency reduces life span of mice administered thoracic irradiation. Free Radic Biol Med 51(6):1175-83, 9/2011. e-Pub 6/2011. PMCID: PMC3156301.
2. Bauer AK, Travis EL, Malhotra SS, Rondini EA, Walker C, Cho HY, Trivedi S, Gladwell W, Reddy S, Kleeberger SR. Identification of novel susceptibility genes in ozone-induced inflammation in mice. Eur Respir J 36(2):428-37, 8/2010. e-Pub 12/2009. PMCID: PMC3027140.
3. Moghaddam SJ, Clement CG, De la Garza MM, Zou X, Travis EL, Young HW, Evans CM, Tuvim MJ, Dickey BF. Haemophilus influenzae lysate induces aspects of the chronic obstructive pulmonary disease phenotype. Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol 38(6):629-638, 6/2008. e-Pub 12/20/2007. PMCID: PMC2396243.
4. Pilling D, Roife D, Wang M, Ronkainen SD, Crawford JR, Travis EL, Gomer RH. Reduction of Bleomycin-Induced Pulmonary Fibrosis by Serum Amyloid P. J Immunol 179(6):4035-4044, 9/2007. PMID: 17785842.
5. Terzian T, Wang Y, Van Pelt CS, Box NF, Travis EL, Lozano G. Haploinsufficiency of Mdm2 and Mdm4 in Tumorigenesis and Development. Mol Cell Biol 27(15):5479-5485, 8/2007. PMID: 17526734.
6. Guerrero T, Castillo R, Noyola-Martinez J, Torres M, Zhou X, Guerra R, Cody D, Komaki R, Travis E. Reduction of pulmonary compliance found with high resolution computed tomography in irradiated mice. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 67(3):870-887, 3/1/2007. PMID: 17293238.
7. Cavanaugh D, Travis EL, Price RE, Gladish G, White RA, Wang M, Cody DD. Quantification of bleomycin-induced murine lung damage in vivo with micro-computed tomography. Acad Radiol 13(12):1505-12, 12/2006. PMID: 17138119.
8. Komaki R, Chang JY, Wu X, Allen PK, Milas L, Liao Z, Fossella FV, Travis E, Spitz MR. Mutagen sensitivity may predict lung protection by amifostine for patients with locally advanced non-small cell lung cancer treated by chemoradiotherapy. Semin Oncol 32(2 Suppl 3):S92-8, 4/2005. PMID: 16015542.
9. Stone HB, Moulder JE, Coleman CN, Ang KK, Anscher MS, Barcellos-Hoff MH, Dynan WS, Fike JR, Grdina DJ, Greenberger JS, Hauer-Jensen M, Hill RP, Kolesnick RN, Macvittie TJ, Marks C, McBride WH, Metting N, Pellmar T, Purucker M, Robbins ME, Schiestl RH, Seed TM, Tomaszewski JE, Travis EL, Wallner PE, Wolpert M, Zaharevitz D. Models for evaluating agents intended for the prophylaxis, mitigation and treatment of radiation injuries. Report of an NCI Workshop, December 3-4, 2003. Radiat Res 162(6):711-28, 12/2004. PMID: 15548121.
10. Du M, Irani RA, Stivers DN, Lee SJ, Travis EL. H2-Ea deficiency is a risk factor for bleomycin-induced lung fibrosis in mice. Cancer Res 64(19):6835-9, 10/1/2004. PMID: 15466168.
11. Cavanaugh D, Johnson E, Price RE, Kurie J, Travis EL, Cody DD. In vivo respiratory-gated micro-CT imaging in small-animal oncology models. Mol Imaging 3(1):55-62, 1/2004. PMID: 15142412.
12. Coleman CN, Stone HB, Alexander GA, Barcellos-Hoff MH, Bedford JS, Bristow RG, Dynlacht JR, Fuks Z, Gorelic LS, Hill RP, Joiner MC, Liu FF, McBride WH, McKenna WG, Powell SN, Robbins ME, Rockwell S, Schiff PB, Shaw EG, Siemann DW, Travis EL, Wallner PE, Wong RS, Zeman EM. Education and training for radiation scientists: Radiation Research Program and American Society for Radiation Oncology Workshop, Bethesda, Maryland, May 12-14, 2003. Radiat Res 160(6):729-37, 12/2003. PMID: 14640790.
13. Putnam JB, Royston D, Chambers AF, Dunbar S, Lemmer JH, Norman P, Travis E, Vaporciyan AA, Yang S, Zacharski LR. Evaluating the role of serine protease inhibition in the management of tumor micrometastases. Oncology (Williston Park) 17(10 Suppl 10):9-30; quiz 31-2, 10/2003. PMID: 14606367.
14. Haston CK, Wang M, Dejournett RE, Zhou X, Ni D, Gu X, King TM, Weil MM, Newman RA, Amos CI, Travis EL. Bleomycin hydrolase and a genetic locus within the MHC affect risk for pulmonary fibrosis in mice. Hum Mol Genet 11(16):1855-63, 8/1/2002. PMID: 12140188.
15. Haston CK, Zhou X, Gumbiner-Russo L, Irani R, Dejournett R, Gu X, Weil M, Amos CI, Travis EL. Universal and radiation-specific loci influence murine susceptibility to radiation-induced pulmonary fibrosis. Cancer Res 62(13):3782-8, 7/1/2002. PMID: 12097289.
16. Rosen II, Fischer TA, Antolak JA, Starkschall G, Travis EL, Tucker SL, Hogstrom KR, Cox JD, Komaki R. Correlation between lung fibrosis and radiation therapy dose after concurrent radiation therapy and chemotherapy for limited small cell lung cancer. Radiology 221(3):614-22, 12/2001. PMID: 11719654.
17. Skwarchuk MW, Travis EL. Changes in histology and fibrogenic cytokines in irradiated colorectum of two murine strains. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 42(1):169-78, 8/1998. PMID: 9747835.
18. Skwarchuk MW, Travis EL. Murine strain differences in the volume effect and incidence of radiation-induced colorectal obstruction. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 41(4):889-95, 7/1998. PMID: 9652854.
19. Geara FB, Komaki R, Tucker SL, Travis EL, Cox JD. Factors influencing the development of lung fibrosis after chemoradiation for small cell carcinoma of the lung: evidence for inherent interindividual variation. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 41(2):279-86, 5/1998. PMID: 9607342.
20. Epperly M, Bray J, Kraeger S, Zwacka R, Engelhardt J, Travis E, Greenberger J. Prevention of late effects of irradiation lung damage by manganese superoxide dismutase gene therapy. Gene Ther 5(2):196-208, 2/1998. PMID: 9578839.
21. Skwarchuk MW, Travis EL. Volume effects and epithelial regeneration in irradiated mouse colorectum. Radiat Res 149(1):1-10, 1998. PMID: 9421148.
22. Haston CK, Travis EL. Murine susceptibility to radiation-induced pulmonary fibrosis is influenced by a genetic factor implicated in susceptibility to bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis. Cancer Res 57(23):5286-91, 12/1997. PMID: 9393751.
23. Tucker SL, Liao ZX, Travis EL. Estimation of the spatial distribution of target cells for radiation pneumonitis in mouse lung. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 38(5):1055-1066, 7/1997. PMID: 9276372.
24. Travis EL, Liao ZX, Tucker SL. Spatial heterogeneity of the volume effect for radiation pneumonitis in mouse lung. Int J Radiat Oncol Biol Phys 38(5):1045-54, 7/1997. PMID: 9276371.
25. Dileto CL, Travis EL. Fibroblast radiosensitivity in vitro and lung fibrosis in vivo: comparison between a fibrosis-prone and fibrosis-resistant mouse strain. Radiat Res 146(1):61-7, 7/1996. PMID: 8677299.
26. Haston CK, Amos CI, King TM, Travis EL. Inheritance of susceptibility to bleomycin-induced pulmonary fibrosis in the mouse. Cancer Res 56(11):2596-601, 6/1996. PMID: 8653703.

Books (edited and written)

1. Travis EL. Legends and Legacies: Personal journeys of women physicians and scientists at MD Anderson Cancer Center. The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, 2008.
2. Travis EL. Primer of Medical Radiobiology., 1st ed, 1975; 2nd ed, 1989. Mosby, 1989.

Grant & Contract Support

Title: UPRCC/MDACC: Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 9/1/2013 - 8/31/2018
Title: UPRCC/MDACC: Partnership for Excellence in Cancer Research
Funding Source: NIH/NCI
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 9/29/2008 - 8/30/2013
Title: Repression of ARE-Mediated Gene Expression
Funding Source: University of Vanderbilt
Role: Co-Investigator
Duration: 3/1/2008 - 2/28/2012
Title: Modulating Radiation Induced Pneumonitis with Zyflamend
Funding Source: New Chapter, Inc.
Role: Principal Investigator
Duration: 11/9/2006 - 11/30/2008

Last updated: 8/31/2015