People

Melissa Wong, Ph.D.

Melissa (Missy) Wong, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Vice Chair
Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology
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Education

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

Experience

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

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John Swain

John Swain
Research Associate

Education: Education: B.S. in biology, University of Southern California

Interests: Cooking and going on road trips.

Michael Parappilly

Michael Parappilly
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. 

Zoë Beach

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

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.

Brett Walker, M.D. 
Surgery Resident 

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. 

Sarah Bumatay

Sarah Bumatay

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.

Charlie Gast, Ph.D. 

Nicholas Smith, Ph.D.

Nicholas Smith, Ph.D.

Luai Zarour, M.D.

Luai Zarour, M.D.