Member Biography


Catherine Sears, M.D.

550 N. University Blvd.
UH 4942
Indianapolis, IN 46202

Phone: (317) 988-3918
Fax: (317) 944-4224

Research Program Membership

Assistant Research Professor
Department of Medicine

My research goals involve investigating the impact of DNA damage and repair on the pathogenesis and treatment response of lung cancer. My training in pulmonary and critical care medicine gives me a unique perspective on the burden of lung cancer, particularly in smokers. My current research focuses on the role of DNA damage response pathways in the development of smoking-related lung cancer and in the sensitization of non-small cell lung cancer cells to combination treatment with cisplatin and ionizing radiation, focusing on exploiting involved DNA repair pathways in order to optimize chemo-sensitization and to predict response to chemoradiation in non-small cell lung cancer.

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Fellowship - Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 2012

Residency - Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN 2008

M.D. - Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN 2005