About Me

I am a sixth year M.D./Ph.D. candidate in the Medical Scientist Training Program at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. I completed my thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Chandan Guha in the Department of Radiation Oncology where I was awarded an NCI Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F30). I have defended my PhD thesis in Pathology and am now completing my clinical training here at Einstein.

My dissertation focused on how the physical characteristics of radiation can alter its' biological effects. These projects allowed me to gain experience with cutting edge radiotherapeutic strategies, including proton FLASH and carbon ion radiotherapy, while leading multi-institutional collaborations with the New York Proton Center, NASA Space Radiation Laboratory at Brookhaven National Laboratory, and Heidelberger Ionenstrahl-Therapiezentrum.

I also received a Bachelor of Arts in Biochemistry and Biology magna cum laude, with distinction in both majors, and a Master of Science in Chemistry from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018. While at Penn, I trained with Dr. Constantinos Koumenis in the Department of Radiation Oncology where I worked mainly on acute and delayed intestinal radiation toxicity using a novel image-guided focal irradiation model.

Recent Research Articles

Commissioning a 250 MeV research beamline for proton FLASH radiotherapy preclinical experiments

Yunjie Yang, Minglei Kang, Chin-Cheng Chen, Lei Hu, Francis Yu, Pingfang Tsai, Sheng Huang, Jiayi Liu, Ryan Turner, Brian Shen, Shaakir Hasan, Arpit M. Chhabra, J Isabelle Choi, Brett Bell, Michael Pennock, Wolfgang A. Tome, Chanda Guha, Charles B. Simone II, Haibo Lin.

Orthovoltage X-Rays Exhibit Increased Efficacy Compared with γ-Rays in Preclinical Irradiation

Brett I. Bell, Justin Vercellino, N. Patrik Brodin, Christian Velten, Lalitha Sarad Yamini Nanduri, Prashanth K.B. Nagesh, Kathryn E. Tanaka, Yanan Fang, Yanhua Wang, Rodney Macedo, Jeb English, Michelle M. Schumacher, Phaneendra K. Duddempudi, Patrik Asp, Wade Koba, Shahin Shajahan, Laibin Liu, Wolfgang Tomé, Weng-Lang Yang, Richard Kolesnick, Chandan Guha .

A stromal Integrated Stress Response activates perivascular cancer-associated fibroblasts to drive angiogenesis and tumour progression

Ioannis I. Verginadis, Harris Avgousti, James Monslow, Giorgos Skoufos, Frank Chinga, Kyle Kim, Nektaria Maria Leli, Ilias V. Karagounis, Brett I. Bell, Anastasia Velalopoulou, Carlo Salas Salinas, Victoria S. Wu, Yang Li, Jiangbin Ye, David A. Scott, Andrei L. Osterman, Arjun Sengupta, Aalim Weljie, Menggui Huang, Duo Zhang, Yi Fan, Enrico Radaelli, John W. Tobias, Florian Rambow, Panagiotis Karras, Jean-Christophe Marine, Xiaowei Xu, Artemis G. Hatzigeorgiou, Sandra Ryeom, J. Alan Diehl, Serge Y. Fuchs, Ellen Puré & Constantinos Koumenis.

Interleukin 6 Signaling Blockade Exacerbates Acute and Late Injury From Focal Intestinal Irradiation

Brett I. Bell, Sravya Koduri, Carlo Salas Salinas, James Monslow, Ellen Puré, Edgar Ben-Josef, Constantinos Koumenis, Ioannis I. Verginadis.

Assessing the Validity of Clinician Advice That Patients Avoid Use of Topical Agents Before Daily Radiotherapy Treatments

Brian C Baumann, Ioannis I Verginadis, Chuan Zeng, Brett Bell, Sravya Koduri, Carolyn Vachani, Kelly M MacArthur, Timothy D Solberg, Constantinos Koumenis, James M Metz.

A Novel Mouse Model to Study Image-Guided, Radiation-Induced Intestinal Injury and Preclinical Screening of Radioprotectors

Ioannis I. Verginadis, Rahul Kanade, Brett Bell, Sravya Koduri, Edgar Ben-Josef, Constantinos Koumenis.

Recent Review Articles

Preclinical models of radiation-induced cardiac toxicity: Potential mechanisms and biomarkers

Alexandra D. Dreyfuss, Anastasia Velalopoulou, Harris Avgousti, Brett I. Bell, Ioannis I. Verginadis.

Immune responses in COVID-19 and tuberculosis coinfection: A scoping review

Kevin Flores-Lovon, Brando Ortiz-Saavedra, Luis A. Cueva-Chicaña, Shalom Aperrigue-Lira, Elizbet S. Montes-Madariaga, David R. Soriano-Moreno, Brett Bell, Rodney Macedo

Recent Medical Education Articles

Rapid Mobilization of Medical Student Volunteers to Administer Vaccines During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Taneisha Sinclair*, Brett I. Bell*, Karol Perez, Daniel Klyde, Mitchell Veith, Rachel Weinstock, Todd Cassese, Joshua D Nosanchuk.
* = Co-First Authors