T32 Cancer Biology Training Program Faculty and Clinical Advisors

The T32 Cancer Biology Training Program provides leading experts in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy, Cancer Signaling and Genomics, Cancer Epigenetics, and Cancer Engineering and Technology. Our faculty share significant expertise and collaboration in the form of shared publications and cross-disciplinary work.

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Cancer Biology Training Program Faculty

Last, First Title Research Interests Inst.
Bollard, Catherine MD Development of novel cell therapeutics for cancer and infection CNHS
Bosque-Pardos, Alberto PhD, MBA Development of therapeutic strategies towards an HIV cure GW
Brindley, Paul PhD Neglected tropical diseases. Functional genomics for schistosomes and other helminth pathogens; gene-editing, transgenesis. Helminth infection-associated malignancy. Schistosome-HIV molecular interactions. GW
Chiappinelli, Katherine PhD Epigenetic regulation of immune signaling in cancer, specifically focusing on noncoding regions of the genome and the tumor cell immune response GW
Cruz, Russell MD, PhD Development of immune based therapies for cancer and opportunistic infections for patients with various degrees of immune deficiency GW
Entcheva, Emilia PhD Cardiac optogenetics and optical imaging GW
Fernandes, Rohan PhD Immunoengineering approaches to treat cancer and HIV. Designing nanoimmunotherapies, cell-based immunotherapies, and/or combinations of nano or cell-based immunotherapy approaches. GW
Fabbri, Muller MD Research focuses on the role of microRNAs and other non-coding RNAs in extracellular vesicles and how this affects the biology of the tumor microenvironment CNHS
Haydar, Dalia PhD The Haydar Laboratory works on designing effective, long-lasting, and safe cellular immunotherapies for childhood brain cancer. CAR T cell therapy is an innovative technology based on adoptive transfer of antigen-specific T cells engineered to elicit a clinically effective and specific immune response against tumor cells. Our aim is to investigate mechanisms responsible for the lack of CAR T cell efficacy in pediatric brain tumors using cutting-edge technologies and innovative animal models that recapitulate human disease and barriers for adoptive immunotherapies CNHS
Hardy, Kristina PhD Neurocognitive difficulties and cognitive training in survivors of pediatric cancer and children with neurofibromatosis CNHS
Hu, Yanfen PhD Germline mutations in BRCA1 predispose women to breast and ovarian cancers. Dr. Hu's research investigates: 1. What is the molecular mechanism of BRCA1 as a tumor suppressor? 2. Why do BRCA1-associated tumors display sex- and tissue-specificity? 3. BRCA1-associated cancer treatment and therapeutic resistance. GW
Kim, AeRang MD, PhD Development of novel therapeutics for pediatric cancer including pre-clinical testing of novel agents, pharmacokinetic analysis, developing innovative methods for toxicity monitoring and clinical trial design CNHS
Lee, Jiyoung PhD Cancer metabolism, therapeutics targeting cancer metabolism, the impact of tumor metabolism on cancer metastasis. GW
Lee, Norman PhD Cancer genomics; cancer health disparities; molecular mechanisms of metastasis and cancer drug resistance; regulation of RNA splicing GW
Li, Rong PhD Molecular understanding of risk factors for breast cancer GW
Mazumder, Raja PhD Applied bioinformatics; comprehensive comparative analysis at the genomic level GW
Miller, Robert PhD CNS neural development, biology of neural diseases including Multiple Sclerosis, brain tumors and Cerebral Palsy; cellular and molecular mechanisms that regulate glial cell determination GW
Seto, Edward PhD Epigenetics; histone deacetylase (HDAC), enzymes that catalyze the removal of acetyl groups from the lysine residues of histones GW
Shibata, Maho PhD Prostate stem/progenitor cells, prostate organogenesis and cancer, prostate cancer organoids GW
Shook, Brett PhD The Shook Lab investigated cellular communication in mammalian skin that supports the activation and progression of myeloid cell-based inflammation GW
Tzatsos, Alexandros MD, PhD Epigenetic progression model of pancreatic cancer;  Epigenetic regulation of Hematopoietic Stem Cells GW
Wu, Ray-Chang PhD Chromatin remodeling proteins in the development and therapy resistance of cancers  GW
Zheng, Xiaoyan PhD Identification of target genes regulated by the Hedgehog signaling pathway and molecular mechanisms activated by Hedgehog in regulating cell-cell interactions GW
Zhu, Wenge PhD DNA replication, DNA damage checkpoint and repair, drug resistance, and identification of small molecules for cancer therapy. GW
Zhu, Yuan PhD Using mouse models and human patient-derived induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells to investigate the role of neural stem and progenitor cells in the pathogenesis of low-grade and high-grade gliomas as well as other nervous system tumors CNHS

Cancer Biology Training Program Clinical Advisors

Last Degree(s) Title Research Expertise Clinical Interest Inst.
Brem, Rachel MD Vice Chair of Radiology Breast/Ovarian Cancer Breast Imaging, Breast Cancer Diagnosis, New Technologies in Breast Cancer Diagnosis MFA
Goyal, Sharad MD Professor of Radiology Breast/Ovarian Cancer Radiation Oncology, Breast Imaging and Intervention MFA
Lopez-Acevedo, Micael MD Assistant Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Breast/Ovarian Cancer Gynecologic Oncology MFA
Moawad, Gaby MD Clinical Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology Breast/Ovarian Cancer Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery SMHS
Teal, Christine MD Associate Professor of Surgery Breast/Ovarian Cancer Breast Surgery MFA
Borum, Marie MD Professor of Medicine Gastrointestinal/Colorectal Cancer Colon Cancer, GI Health for Women and Minorities MFA
Johnson, Lynt MD Professor of Surgery Gastrointestinal/Colorectal Cancer Surgery for Advanced Pancreatic Cancer, Gallbladder and Pancreas Tumors MFA
Kim, George MD Associate Professor of Medicine Gastrointestinal/Colorectal Cancer Colorectal, Pancreas, Liver and Gastric Esophagus Cancers MFA
Dunleavy, Kieron MD Professor of Medicine Leukemia/Lymphoma/Blood Lymphoma, Blood Disorders, Microbial Oncology SMHS
Siegel, Robert MD Professor of Medicine Leukemia/Lymphoma/Blood Breast Cancer, Hematology MFA
Smith, Mitchell MD, PhD Professor of Medicine Leukemia/Lymphoma/Blood Blood Disorders MFA
Latham, Patricia MD Professor of Pathology Pathology Hepatology MFA
Tabbara, Sana MD Professor of Pathology Pathology Breast Cancer MFA
Jarrett, Thomas MD Professor of Urology Prostate/Renal Kidney Cancer MFA
Lin, Jianging MD Associate Professor of Medicine Prostate/Renal Prostate Cancer, Kidney Cancer, Bladder Cancer, Testicular Cancer MFA
Melancon, Keith MD Professor of Surgery Prostate/Renal Ethnic Disparity and Access to Medical Care MFA
Sarin, Shawn MD Assistant Professor of Radiology and Surgery Prostate/Renal Peripheral Vascular Disease, Deep Venous Thrombosis MFA
Mortman, Keith MD Associate Professor of Surgery Respiratory Lung and Esophageal Cancer MFA
Tabbara, Imad MD Professor of Medicine Breast/Ovarian Cancer Hematologic Malignancies, Lung Cancer, Breast Cancer MFA
Patel, Vishal MD Assistant Professor of Dermatology Skin Cancer/Melanoma High-risk Squamous Cell and Basal Cell Carcinomas, Merkel Cell Carcinoma MFA
Silverberg, Jonathan MD, PhD, MPH Associate Professor of Dermatology Skin Cancer/Melanoma Atopic Dermatitis, Eczema, Psoriasis MFA