OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

About the Education and Training team

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute Education and Training team is dedicated to providing learning, mentoring, and training opportunities to this, and the next, generation of scientists and health-care professionals. We aim to provide education to all of those committed to ending cancer as we know it. 

Evan Shereck

Evan Shereck, M.D., M.Ed., Director

Evan is a Professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and the Associate Director of Cancer Research Training. She built her career by creating innovative projects in education and training across the continuum from students, trainees, faculty and staff. She mentors undergraduate and medical students, residents, clinical fellows and junior faculty, and has extensive experience in clinical research and education. She was the Director for Blood and Host Defense, a 1st year medical school course, and is the Program Director for the Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship. Her clinical specialty is in the care of children undergoing bone marrow transplant.

photo of Shandee Dixon

Shandee Dixon, Ph.D., Assistant Director

Dr. Dixon is an Associate Scientist at the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute (OCTRI)  and serves as a faculty lead, career mentor and research learning community (RLC) coordinator for the BUILD EXITO and URISE undergraduate research training programs at Portland State University. Additionally, Dr. Dixon is the Research Thread Director for the Wy'east Post-Baccalaureate Pathway for AI/AN pre-medicine scholars at the Northwest Native American Center of Excellence. She holds a Ph.D. in microbiology and immunology from the University of Michigan, and prior to her previous role as an associate scientist at the OHSU Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center (CEDAR), she was an OHSU Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion in Research (OFDIR) in the Microbiology and Immunology Department. As a first-generation college student herself, Dr. Dixon works to advocate for support and inclusion of other aspiring scientists from marginalized and underrepresented backgrounds in STEM.

Jonna Frater

Jonna Frater, B.S., Project Coordinator

Jonna assists in coordinating the activities of the Core. In her role, she tracks the outcomes of all participants, students and trainees; is involved in creating educational opportunities for trainees on the pathway, and for members of the community; and contributes to the ongoing running of current programs.