Graduate program memberships
1987 - B.A., molecular, cellular, developmental biology, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO
1994 - Ph.D., molecular cellular pathobiology, Bowman Gray School of Medicine/Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC
1995-1998 - Postdoctoral Fellow, Washington University School of Medicine
1998-2001 - Instructor, Washington University School of Medicine
2001-2008 - Assistant Professor, OHSU
2008-present - Associate Professor, OHSU
2013-present - Vice Chair, Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology
Education: Education: B.S. in biology, University of Southern California
Interests: Cooking and going on road trips.
Research Assistant 2
Education: B.S. in human physiology, University of Oregon
Scientific interests: I am interested in understanding tumor behavior at the molecular and cellular level, and how a novel population of circulating cells affects disease progression and metastasis.
Catherine “Zoë” Beach
Research Assistant 2
Education: B.A. in biochemistry and biology, Oberlin College
Scientific interests and hobbies: I am interested in understanding tumor microenvironment as well as the role of cancer immune cell fusions in metastasis and as a metric for early detection in pediatric glioblastoma and pancreatic cancer. In my free time, I enjoy hiking, cooking, and practicing aerial circus arts.
Matthew Dietz, D.O., M.S.Ed.
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Fellow
Education: B.A. chemistry, F&M College, D.O. and M.S.Ed., University of New England, Biddeford, ME
Training: Pediatric residency and Hematology and Oncology fellowship, Doernbecher Children’s Hospital, OHSU, Portland, OR
Scientific interests: My current project is aimed at investigating macrophage-tumor cell hybrids as a biomarker for diagnosis, treatment response, treatment related tumor evolution in pediatric high grade gliomas. My long-term research interests involve the development of a comprehensive understanding of key mechanisms of tumor evolution and how alterations in the tumor microenvironment contribute to tumor heterogeneity, treatment resistance and disease progression.
Brett Walker, M.D.
Education: B.S. biomedical sciences, Texas A&M University, M.D., Texas A&M University, Health Science Center
Scientific interests: I am a surgical resident interested in the management of malignancies, specifically colorectal cancer with liver metastasis and pancreatic cancers. I am investigating tumor biology with a focus on biomarkers for earlier cancer detection and to guide treatment strategies.
Education: B.S. health sciences, Portland State University (in progress)
Scientific interests and hobbies: The current research I partake in involves stratifying pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma within a circulating hybrid cell early detection platform. Hobbies include traveling, hiking, being active, cooking, reading and painting.
Charlie Gast, Ph.D.
Nicholas Smith, Ph.D.
Luai Zarour, M.D.