The Cancer Research Training and Education team is dedicated to providing learning, mentoring and training opportunities to scientists and health-care professionals — this generation and the next. We aim to provide education to all of those committed to ending cancer as we know it.
Evan Shereck, M.D., M.Ed., Co-Director
Dr. Shereck is a Professor of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology and the Co-Associate Director of Cancer Research Training & Education at the Knight Cancer Institute. 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. She also specializes in and runs clinical trials for children undergoing bone marrow transplant
Grace Gill, Ph.D., Co-Director
Dr. Gill is an Associate Professor in the Division of Oncological Sciences and the Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology and the Co-Associate Director of Cancer Research Training & Education at the Knight Cancer Institute. Grace is an accomplished scientist whose research has advanced understanding of molecular mechanisms of transcription factor function and regulation. Grace is a CIMER Certified Facilitator of Entering Mentoring and has helped faculty and trainees to improve their mentoring relationships. Grace has extensive experience in basic and translational science research and education and she is passionate about providing supportive mentoring to foster self-efficacy, belonging and professional development to the next generation of scientists.
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, was an associate scientist at the OHSU Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center, and was an OHSU Fellow for Diversity and Inclusion in Research 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.
Alexis Champagne, CRTEC Project Coordinator
Alexis started working with the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute in 2022 after a 30-year background in the veterinary industry working as a vet technician and manager. She was a literal cat-wrangler! Alexis also has a history of volunteering with Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon, and farming with Raceme Farm Collective and the Errant Carrot Collective. Encouraging a relationship between food and weeds and growing medicine is one of her favorite learning tools. Alexis joined OHSU to continue supporting others and began working with CRTEC in 2023. When not supporting others, Alexis supports herself by enjoying time with her dogs, laughing with her friends and visiting as many Portland food carts pods possible.
Yoli Flores, CRTEC Project Coordinator
Yoli is a first-generation Mexican American and first-generation college graduate. She earned her bachelor of science degrees in health sciences and community health education with a minor in mass communications. She has a passion for ending health disparities in communities that have historically been underrepresented in academia, health care and beyond. She is an advocate for quality health care, access to fresh food and human rights. She is inspired by her breast cancer survivor mother and two younger sisters.