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Ariana Sattler

  • Current Student, 2020 Cohort
  • Ece Eksi lab, Teresa Zimmers Lab
  • Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences Students, School of Medicine


Research Interests: Emerging field of cancer-neuroscience. She studies sympathetic nerves and how they impact pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDAC) growth, progression and metastasis, as well as how neuro-modulatory crosstalk between nerves, cancer cells, and cancer associated fibroblasts (CAFs) could be tumor-supportive.

PBMS Hub: Integrated Cancer Biology (ICB)

Education and training

    • B.S., 2018, Southern Oregon University

Honors and awards

  • Cancer Early Detection Advanced Research Center OHSU Exploratory Grant (2024)
  • OHSU School of Medicine Nicholas L. Tartar Trust Fellowship (2023)
  • OHSU Knight Cancer Institute SciOps Collaborative Grant (2023)
  • Women in Science PDX Science Talk ‘23 Conference Scholarship (2023)
  • Program in Biomedical Sciences Scholar Award (2022)
  • Professional Development Scholarship, Women in Science Portland (2021)


Selected publications

  • Korzun T, Moses AS, Diba P, Sattler A L, Olson B, Taratula OR, Pejovic T, Marks DL, Taratula O. Development and Perspectives: Multifunctional Nucleic Acid Nanomedicines for Treatment of Gynecological Cancers. Small. (2023) 30:e2301776. doi: 10.1002/smll.202301776. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 37518857
  • Diba P, Sattler AL, Korzun T, Habecker BA, Marks DL. Unraveling the lost balance: Adrenergic dysfunction in cancer cachexia. Auton Neurosci. 2023 Dec 6;251:103136. doi: 10.1016/j.autneu.2023.103136
  • Helms EJ, Berry MW, Chaw RC, DuFort CC, Sun D, Onate MK, Oon C, Bhattacharyya S, Sanford-Crane H, Horton W, Finan JM, Sattler A, Makar R, Dawson DW, Xia Z, Hingorani SR, Sherman MH. Mesenchymal Lineage Heterogeneity Underlies Nonredundant Functions of Pancreatic Cancer-Associated Fibroblasts. Cancer Discov. 2022 Feb;12(2):484-501. doi: 10.1158/2159-8290.CD-21-0601. Epub 2021 Sep 21. PMID: 34548310; PMCID: PMC8831457.


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