Trainees

Current trainees

Charlie Gast, M.D., Ph.D. candidate

Training grant project: Cancer-macrophage fusion as a mechanism for metastases
Training grant mentor: Coussens/Wong
Current position: Predoctoral trainee, Wong Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology

Chelsey Kline, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Genetic determinants of antioxidant response in human melanocytes—effects on efficacy of melanoma chemoprevention agents
Training grant mentor: Cassidy
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Leachman/Cassidy lab
Place: OHSU Department of Dermatology

Ryan Lane, Ph.D. candidate

Training grant project: Role of lymphatic endothelial cells within melanoma tumors, in tumor tolerance by the immune system, and as potential clinical therapeutic targets for treatment of melanoma and possible biomarkers for risk stratification
Training grant mentor: Coussens/Lund
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Lund Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology

Chris Loo, Ph.D.

Training grant project: T lymphocyte modulation of PD-L1 expression on lymphatic vessels and the consequent localized adaptive immune response in melanoma
Training grant mentor: Coussens/Lund
Current position: Predoctoral trainee, Lund Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology

Elyse Paterson, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Mechanisms of melanoma invasion and metastasis
Training grant mentor: Courtneidge
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Courtneidge Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology

Carey Phelps, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Spatiotemporal regulation of drug-induced dimerization of Raf isoforms in melanoma
Training grant mentor: Stork/Nan
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Nan Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Biomedical Engineering

Alumni

Sophia Bornstein, M.D., Ph.D.

Training grant project: Role of Smad4 in HNSCC tumorigenesis
Training grant mentor: Wang (former mentor)
Current position: Physician Scientist
Place: OHSU Department of Radiation Medicine

Marcus Calkins, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Activation of base excision repair for ultraviolet light-induced DNA damage
Training grant mentor: Lloyd
Current position: Assistant Professor, Institute of Clinical Medicine
Place: National Cheng Kung University, Tainan, Taiwan

Paige Davies, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Role of Wnt and Notch signaling pathways in IBD disease pathology and re-establishment of epithelial homeostasis
Training grant mentor: Wong
Current position: Science writer

Amy Farrell, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Role of altered c-Myc phos-phorylation and stability in the generation of SCC
Training grant mentor: Sears

Erin Fitch Foster, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Role of interleukin (IL)-23 in psoriasis and cancer
Training grant mentor: Blauvelt (former mentor)
Current position: Medical student
Place: University of Texas Health Sciences Center at San Antonio

Jayme Gallegos, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Regulation of the transcription factor p63 by βTrCP
Training grant mentor: Lu (former mentor)
Current position: Assistant Professor, Chiropractic Program
Place: University of Western States

Dan Gareau, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Advancing skin cancer detection by confocal microscopy
Training grant mentor: Jacques
Current position: Instructor in Clinical Investigation
Place: Rockefeller University Laboratory of Investigative Dermatology

Sean Gross, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Inhibition of AKT at different sub-cellular domains
Training grant mentor: Rotwein (former mentor)
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Rotwein Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Stephen Hyter, Ph.D.

Training grant project: The in vivo role of keratinocytic ET-1 on melanocyte homeostasis and the UV response
Training grant mentor: Indra
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Godwin Lab
Place: University of Kansas Medical Center

Jodi Johnson, Ph.D.

Training grant project: The p53 family interacting pathways in carcinogenesis and cellular response to DNA damage
Training grant mentor: Kulesz-Martin
Current position: Research Assistant Professor, Green Lab
Place: Northwestern Unversity Feinberg School of Medicine

Trevor Levin, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Cancer stem cells: expression patterns and disease prognosis
Training grant mentor: Wong
Current position: Chief Executive Officer
Place: Urology Diagnostics

Yanping Li, Ph.D.

Training grant project: The role of Rap1 in nuclear transport
Training grant mentor: Stork
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Stork Lab
Place: OHSU Vollum Institute

Quentin Low, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Rap1 and adhesion
Training grant mentor: Stork
Current position: Staff Scientist
Place: Thermo Fisher Scientific

Stephen Malkoski, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Mechanisms by which defective TGFbeta signaling leads to the development of lung squamous cell carcinoma
Training grant mentor: Lu/Wang (former mentors)
Current position: Associate Professor
Place: University of Colorado Denver Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Sciences & Critical Care Medicine

Marcus Monroe, M.D.

Training grant project:Cancer Stem Cell expression and its relationship to Head and Neck SCC prognosis
Training grant mentor: Wong
Current position: Assistant Professor
Place: University of Utah, Division of Otolaryngology

Phil Owens, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Smad4 functions in the skin
Training grant mentor: Kulesz-Martin
Current position: Research Assistant Professor
Place: Vanderbilt University, Division of Cancer Biology

Kevin Phillips, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Application of novel optical methods use in imaging cancers, inflammatory responses and wound healing
Training grant mentor: Jacques

Alain Silk, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Tumor-stromal cell fusion in cancer progression
Training grant mentor: Wong
Current position: Reviewer
Place: US Food and Drug Administration

Nick Smith, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Investigating the role of the stem cell niche marker CD166 in intestinal homeostasis
Training grant mentor: Wong
Current position: Postdoctoral researcher, Wong Lab
Place: OHSU Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology

Erin Harper Stevens, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Involvement of IL-23 and the Th17 T cell immune response in human cutaneous inflammatory disease
Training grant mentor: Blauvelt (former mentor)
Current position: Principal Scientist
Place: Amgen, Inc.

Sara Tokarz, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Collaboration between Skp2 and c-Myc in epithelial carcinogenesis
Training grant mentor: Sears

Garth Tormoen, M.D., Ph.D.

Training grant project: Characterization of the physical parameters of epithelial cells as a function of malignant progression
Training grant mentor: McCarty
Current position: Resident
Place: OHSU Department of Radiation Medicine

Meghan Lindauer Vyleta, Ph.D.

Training grant project: The role of alveolar macrophages in the inflammatory response in lung epithelium
Training grant mentor: Magun (former mentor)

Joshua Walker, M.D., Ph.D. candidate

Training grant project: Characterization, and optimization of CD8+ T cell responses to inactivated viral antigens
Training grant mentor: Slifka
Current position: Resident
Place: OHSU Department of Radiation Medicine

Cortny Williams, Ph.D.

Training grant project: Role of T cells in TGFb1 mediated skin inflammation
Training grant mentor: Wang (former mentor)
Current position: Assistant Professor, Chiropractic Program
Place: University of Western States

Aaron Wortham, Ph.D. candidate

Training grant project: Role of Trim32 in squamous cell carcinoma
Training grant mentor: Kulesz-Martin
Current position: Research Assistant
Place: OHSU Department of Cell, Developmental & Cancer Biology