Current and Former Trainees

Predoctoral Trainees

Lauren Brumage

Elucidated genetic drivers of chemoresistance in small cell lung cancer

Mentors: David MacPherson & Patrick Paddison

Alejandra Cabrera

The molecular regulation of E-cadherin dynamics during cell dissemination

Mentors: Young Kwon & Barry Gumbiner

Alexandre Germanos

Inspecting the molecular mechanisms and cellular consequences of mRNA-specific translation in AR-low prostate cancer

Mentors: Andrew Hsieh & Raphael Gottardo

Miranda Lahman

Impact of protein processing on leukemia epitope repertoires

Mentors: Aude Chapuis & Roland Strong


Postdoctoral Trainees

Aleena Arakaki

Identifying molecular regulators and therapuetics for YAP-fusion driven brain cancers

Mentors: Taran Gujral & Eric Holland

Avraham Bayer

Evolution of MxB restriction of human herpesviruses

Mentors: Adam Geballe, Harmit Malik


Jorge Galeano-Nino

Assessing the role of Fusobacterium nucleatum in shaping the immune landscape and metastatic potential of colorectal cancer

Mentors: Susan Bullman & Christopher Johnston

Namita Hattangady

Role of immune microenvironment in colorectal cancer initiation and progression

Mentors: William Grady & Geoffrey Hill

Dayoung Kim

Elucidating the role of collective cell invasion in pediatric brain tumors

Mentors: Jonathan Cooper & James Olson


Michalina Montano

Defining the burden of undiagnosed and untreated HIV in cancer patients in 3 countries

Mentors: Rachel Bender Ignacio & Thomas Uldrick

Former Trainees

Thomas Bello / Mentors: Taran Gujral & Pete Nelson / Developing kinase-targeted therapies for late-stage prostate cancer via combined computational modeling and preclinical screening

Erin Greenwood / Mentors: Kevin Cheung & Christopher Li / Does plasma fibronectin instigate cluster-based metastatis? An interdisciplinary study

Jihoon Lee / Mentors: Masaoki Kawasumi & Robert Eisenman / Myc-associated super-enhancers as epigenetics targets in cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma

Audrey Olshefsky / Mentors: Neil King & Suzie Pun / Synthetic nucleocapsids as a platform for breast tumor-infltrating leukocyte target discovery and therapeutic development

Thomas Pulliam / Mentors: Paul Nghiem, Raphael Gottardo & David Koelle / Characterization of tumor-specific T cells during PD-1 blockade in Merkel cell carcinoma