The Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences welcomes Drs. Christopher Allen and Takamitsu Kato to Colorado State University. Both have joined the Department as Assistant Professors.
Dr. Allen comes to CSU from the University of New Mexico’s School of Medicine and Cancer Center, Department of Pathology. He worked in the High-Throughput Flow Cytometry Laboratory and was co-investigator on a National Institutes of Health project that developed high-throughput flow cytometry assays, and participated in a national program to screen chemical libraries with interesting biological effects. Prior to that, he was a postdoctoral fellow in the UNM Biology Department’s Yeast Genomics Laboratory.
Dr. Allen completed his undergraduate work at the Berklee College of Music in 1976, then returned to school and completed his bachelor’s degree from Whitman College, Wash., in biology and chemistry in 1997. He attended the University of New Mexico School of Medicine where he completed his Doctor of Philosophy in biomedical sciences in 2003. He is a member of the Science Advisory Board, the American Society of Cell Biology, and the Genetics Society of America.
Dr. Kato joins Colorado State University from the National Institute of Radiological Sciences in Chiba, Japan, where he will continue to hold a joint appointment as research programs and partnerships in carbon ion therapy continue to grow between NIRS and CSU. Dr. Kato joined NIRS in 2006 as a radiological researcher following his graduation from Colorado State University with a PhD in radiological health sciences. While a doctoral student at CSU, Dr. Kato worked with Dr. Joel Bedford to study low-dose radiation and DNA repair.
Dr. Kato completed his undergraduate degree at the International Christian University, Tokyo, Japan, in 2002. He is the recipient of several awards including one from the Japanese Radiation Research Meeting for best poster, a travel award from the Radiation Research Society Meeting, and he was named outstanding PhD Candidate at Colorado State University in 2006.