People

Lisa Coussens, Ph.D.

Lisa M. Coussens, Ph.D.
Hildegard Lamfrom Endowed Chair in Basic Science
Professor and Chairwoman, Department of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology
Associate Director for Basic Research, Knight Cancer Institute
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PubMed search and CV

Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
Cancer Biology
Cell and Developmental Biology
OHSU Center for Spatial Systems Biomedicine

1980 – Biology, B.A., San Francisco State University
1993 – Biological chemistry, Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles 

1981-1988 – Research Associate, Molecular and  Developmental Biology, Genentech, Inc.
1997-1999 – Assistant Research biochemist, Hormone Research Institute, UCSF
1999-2004 – Assistant Professor (in residence), Department of Pathology and Cancer Res. Inst., UCSF
2004-2006 – Associate Professor (in residence), Department of Pathology and Cancer Res. Inst., UCSF
2006-2007 – Associate Professor, Department of Pathology and Cancer Research Institute, UCSF
2007-2012 – Professor, Department of Pathology and Cancer Research Institute, UCSF
2012-2015 – Adjunct Professor, University of California, San Francisco
2011-present – Professor and Chair of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology, OHSU
2011-present – Associate Director for Basic Research, Knight Cancer Institute, OHSU

Other positions held concurrently

1989-1992 – Lecturer, Biology Department, Whittier College
1992 – Scientific Consultant, Department of Legal Affairs, Genentech, Inc.
2000-2012 – Co-director, Mouse Pathology Core, Hellen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
2007-2009 – Senior and Deputy Editor, Tumor Microenvironment Section, Cancer Research
2009-2012 – Co-leader, Program in Cancer Immunity and Microenvironment, UCSF
2009-2012 – Deputy Editor, Breaking Advances, Cancer Research
2013-present – Senior Editor, General, Cancer Immunology Research
2012-present – Co-leader, Program in Cancer Biology, Knight Cancer Institute, OHSU
2017-present – Scientific Consultant, Antibody development, Cell Signaling Technologies

Coussens Lab

Sushil Kumar, Ph.D.

Sushil Kumar, Ph.D. 
Research Assistant Professor

Education: Ph.D., Max Planck Institute of Biochemistry, Munich, Germany, 2007

Postdoctoral training: Institute of Molecular Cancer Research, University of Zurich, Switzerland, 2008 - 2011; Oregon Health & Science University 2012 - 2014

Scientific interests: My scientific interests are to understand the molecular basis of tumor related inflammation and translation of this knowledge into modern cancer therapy.

Courtney Betts, Ph.D.

Courtney Betts, Ph.D.
Scientific Project Manager

Education: Ph.D. in cell and developmental biology, Oregon Health & Science University; M.S. in cell biology and cancer research, Albany Medical College (2010); B.S. in biology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges (2007)

Scientific interests: Monitoring immune contexture of human cancers to advance the development and efficacy of immunotherapy. 

Takahiro Tsujikawa, M.D., Ph.D.

Takahiro Tsujikawa, M.D., Ph.D.
Adjunct Assistant Professor

Education: M.D., Ph.D., Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, Kyoto Prefectural University of Medicine, Japan, 2013

Scientific interests: My research focus has been the cancer-microenvironment interactions for cancer development. My long-term goal is to develop therapeutic strategies targeting the immunological tumor microenvironment in head and neck cancer.

Photo of Takahiro Tsujikawa, M.D., Ph.D., being awarded along with another recipient as best young physician scientist in Japan, by the Otorhinolaryngological Society of Japan.
Takahiro Tsujikawa, M.D., Ph.D., (right) being awarded with another recipient as best young physician scientists in Japan, by the Otorhinolaryngological Society of Japan.
Eivind Valen Egeland, Ph.D.

Eivind Valen Egelan, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar

Education: Ph.D., Department of Tumor Biology, Oslo University Hospital, University of Oslo, Oslo, Norway, 2016

Scientific interests: I am interested in how macrophages and cancer cells communicate, and how this contributes to tumor progression. 

Dhaarini Murugan, Ph.D.

Dhaarini Murugan, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar

Education: Ph.D., Molecular Medicine program, Hannover Medical School, Germany, 2014

Scientific interests:  To assess the changes in T and B cell repertoire diversity and clonality as biomarkers to evaluate the efficacy of cancer immunotherapy. To further study the antigenic specificity of selected clonotypes with the aim of designing antigen-loaded dendritic cells for cancer vaccination.

Amanda Poissonnier, Ph.D.

Amanda Poissonnier, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Scholar

Education: Ph.D., French National Institute of Health and Medical Research, Rennes, France. 2017

Scientific interests: I’m interested in many aspects of cancer biology, especially the complex relationship between immunity and tumor pathogenesis. It is a key point to understand why inflammation can be a hallmark of cancer progression and how we can foster anti-tumor responses by modulating the tumor microenvironment. My work is focused on new combination therapies in order to improve efficacy of chemotherapy treatments for TNBC patients.

Shannon Liudahl

Shannon Liudahl, B.S.
Graduate Student

Education: Ph.D. in progress, cancer biology, Oregon Health & Science University; B.S., molecular biology, Portland State University (2012)

Scientific interests: Chronic inflammation as a driver of neoplasia, pancreatitis & pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma, acinar cell plasticity, pancreatic regeneration following injury.

Justin Tibbitts, M.S., M.B.A

Justin Tibbits, M.S., M.B.A.
Laboratory Manager

Education: M.S. in biology, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology; M.B.A. in technology, University of New Mexico

Interests: Family, cancer biology, geosciences, hockey, fishing and all things outdoors.

Konjit Betre

Konjit Betre, B.S.
Research Assistant 2

Education: B.S. in biochemistry, University of Minnesota, December 2006, B.S. in in genetics, cell biology and development, University of Minnesota, May 2002

Scientific interests: Immunotherapeutic treatments of cancer and identifying new biomarkers that could potentially improve cancer screening, diagnosis and treatment. 

Giovanney Gonzalez

Giovanney Gonzalez, B.S.
Research Assistant 2

Education: B.S. in biochemistry and molecular biology, Linfield College

Scientific interests: Immunotherapy and utilizing new advances to personalize cancer treatment.

Wes Horton

Wes Horton, M.S. 
Computational Biologist

Education: M.S., 2016, biology with an emphasis in bioinformatics, University of Oregon; B.S., 2015, biology and Spanish, minor in chemistry, University of Oregon

Scientific interests: Leveraging emerging technologies, such as DNA sequencing of T-Cell receptors and CRISPR-Cas9 knockouts as well as microarray and other high-throughput sequencing technologies, to provide insight into cancer progression and possible therapy targets.

Will Larson

Will Larson, B.S.
Multiplex IHC Data Analyst

Education: B.S. in biology, minor in chemistry, University of Portland

Scientific interests: Multiplex image cytometry analysis, cancer immunotherapy, drug development, trauma and emergency medicine, ornithology

Meghan Lavoie

Meghan Lavoie, B.S.
Research Assistant 2

Education: B.S. health studies, concentration in community health, Portland State University

Scientific interests: Proactive and preventative health care, efficient cancer diagnostic and treatment approaches, and epidemiology. 

Zenette McCoy

Zenette McCoy, B.S.
Research Assistant 2

Education: B.S. in neuroscience, Washington State University

Scientific interests: Neuro-oncology, cancer immunotherapy, cancer clinical translation, pathophysiology of cancer and pediatric oncology.

Sam Sivagnanam, M.S.

Sam Sivagnanam, M.S.
Research Associate, Computational Biology

Education: M.S. in bioinformatics and genomics, University of Oregon (2016); molecular bioscience, University of Kansas (2007).

Scientific interests: Fascinated by cancer biology, I aim to provide quantitative analysis, and develop automated image analysis pipelines for predictive models and biomarker discovery in cancer using biology, art and code to extract meaning from biological images.

Jennifer Wherley, MD, MS

Jennifer Wherley, M.D., M.S.

Otolaryngology Resident

Education: M.D., Oregon Health and Science University, 2017. M.S. in microbiology, immunology, and molecular genetics, University of California, Los Angeles 2013.

Scientific interests: I am interested in studying the interface between the immune system and the development and evolution of thyroid cancer with the goal of using this information to guide decisions in surgical management of disease.

Teresa Beechwood

Teresa Beechwood, B.S.

Gina Choe

Gina Choe, B.S.

Tiziana Cotechini

Tiziana Cotechini, Ph.D.

Patrick Flynn

Patrick Flynn, B.S.

Charlie Gast, Ph.D.

Charlie Gast, Ph.D.

Cecil Gomes, Ph.D.

Cecil Gomes, Ph.D.

Huanhuan (Mahsa) He, Ph.D.

Huanhuan (Mahsa) He, Ph.D.

Rie Kawashima D.D.S., Ph.D.

Rie Kawashima D.D.S., Ph.D.

Kenna Leis

Kenna Leis, B.S.

Elaine Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

Elaine Lin, M.D., Ph.D.

 Lauren Maloney

 Lauren Maloney, B.S.

Terry Medler

Terry Medler, Ph.D.

Padraic Robinson, B.S.

Padraic Robinson, B.S.

Brian Ruffell, Ph.D.

Brian Ruffell, Ph.D.

Coussens Lab researchers dining out together, 2019.
Coussens Lab, summer 2019 (above)
Coussens Lab researchers together, outside among trees.
Coussens Lab 2017