The Radiological Research Accelerator Facility (RARAF) at Columbia Nevis labs is dedicated to providing user-friendly radiation sources for research in biology, radiation biology, and radiation physics. Our sources include a unique single-cell/single-particle microbeam irradiator that allows irradiation of single cells or parts of cells with exactly one (or more) charged particle(s). This provides a unique opportunity for scientists to study both structure and function of individual cells and, particularly, their response to damage.

RARAF involves a unique interaction of physics, engineering, and biology, and there are opportunities for research projects in the fields of beam line development (e.g. development of carbon ion beams to study new approaches to cancer radiation therapy), beamline focusing and targeting (e.g charged particle microbeams), applications to biological systems (e.g., new designs for UV lamps to fight surgical site infections), and automated cellular and sub-cellular imaging, both in terms of hardware and software.

REU students working on RARAF would be based at Nevis Labs.