Graduate Program in Molecular and Cellular Biosciences
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
Fellowship: Post doctoral fellow, Univ. of Calif., San Francisco; Lab of Douglas Hanahan, Ph.D.
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
- American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Gertrude B. Elion Award (2001)
- AACR-Women in Cancer Research Charlotte Friend Memorial Lectureship (2012)
- 13th Rosalind E. Franklin Award from the National Cancer Institute (2015)
- Doctor Honoris Causa from the University of Buenos Aires, Argentina (2018)
- 2th AACR-Princess Takamatsu Memorial Lectureship (2018)
- Career Award from the European Academy of Tumor Immunology (2018)
- 2018 Susan G. Komen Brinker Award for Scientific Distinction in Basic Science,
- Elected as Fellow of the American Association for Advancement of Science (AAAS; 2018)
- Fellow of the AACR Academy (2019)
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.
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.
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.
Honors and Awards: Recipient of the 2019 best young physician scientists in Japan, by the Otorhinolaryngological Society of Japan.
Visiting Ph.D. Student
Education: PhD student, Maastricht University, The Netherlands; M.S. in Biomedical Sciences, Maastricht University; B.S. in Health Sciences, Maastricht University.
Scientific interest: To better understand the communication between cancer cells and the environment, specifically with natural killer cells, and to apply this knowledge to improve immunotherapy
Eric Berens, Ph.D.
Education: Postdoc at the University of California - San Francisco (with Zena Werb, 2018-2020); Ph.D. in Tumor Biology, Georgetown University (2018), M.S. in Integrated Biosciences, University of Minnesota (2012); B.A. in Biology, St. Olaf College (2008)
Scientific Interests: Anything and everything related to tumor metastasis. Most recently, I'm intrigued by the phenomenon of breast cancer cells acquiring specific immune surface markers when they disseminate. My research is addressing the extent to which metastasis shares parallels with the physiologic trafficking of immune cells.
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.
Eivind Valen Egelan, Ph.D.
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.
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.
Ana Howells-Ferreira, M.S.
Education: M.S. in Bioinformatics and Genomics, University of Oregon (2018); B.S. in Biology, Georgia State University(2008); women's volleyball scholarship recipient, member of Women in Science, Portland.
Scientific Interests: T cell biology and the tumor microenvironment. I enjoy working on effective communication by applying data visualization principles, generating interactive reports and making use of best practices in software development to work with researchers as a team.
Christian Huisman, Ph.D.
Education: PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology, University of Groningen, Netherlands, 2015
Postdoctoral training: Oregon Health & Science University, 2015 – 2020
Scientific Interests: Understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of cancer and the role of immune cells. My focus is on using single-cell RNA sequencing technologies combined with the latest bioinformatics tools to visualize which genes and gene networks are affected during the various stages of cancer to improve treatment.
Nell Kirchberger, B.A.
Research Assistant 2
Education: B.A., Biology, NYU, 2019, minors in Chemistry and Bioethics.
Scientific Interests: My research interests involve how cancer metabolism shapes the tumor microenvironment, particularly its effect on immune cells, and how these interactions can provide insight into drug responsiveness.
Meghan Lavoie, B.S.
Senior Research Assistant
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.
Dhaarini Murugan, Ph.D.
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.
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.
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.
Jacklyn Woods, Ph.D.
Lab & Facilities Operations Manager
Education: PhD in Biomedical Engineering from University of California, Davis (2019); MS in Bioengineering from University of California, Riverside (2014); BS in Bioengineering from California Lutheran University (2013)
Scientific Interests: I apply engineering principles to medicine. My previous research focused on cell-based tissue engineered therapies. I look forward to gaining knowledge in regards to cancer biology.
Teresa Beechwood, B.S.
Gina Choe, B.S.
Tiziana Cotechini, Ph.D.
Femke Ehlers, M.S.
Patrick Flynn, B.S.
Charlie Gast, Ph.D.
Cecil Gomes, Ph.D.
Huanhuan (Mahsa) He, Ph.D.
Wes Horton, M.S.
Rie Kawashima D.D.S., Ph.D.
Will Larson, B.S.
Kenna Leis, B.S.
Elaine Lin, M.D., Ph.D.
Shannon Liudahl, Ph.D.
Lauren Maloney, B.S.
Zenette McCoy, B.S.
Terry Medler, Ph.D.
Padraic Robinson, B.S.
Brian Ruffell, Ph.D.
Justin Tibbitts, M.S., M.B.A.
University of Minnesota
Jennifer Wherley, M.D., M.S.