Directors of Cancer Biology Program

Laura Attardi


Departments of Radiation Oncology and Genetics

Julien Sage


Departments of Pediatrics and Genetics

Name School
Reece Akana Harvard University
Mo Ameen   University of Minnesota
Brooks Benard     Arizona State University
Kelvin Cho     UC Berkeley
Asiri Ediriwickrema     Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Deshka Foster     Stanford University
Noah Greenwald    Harvard University 
Laura Kellman    Yale University 
Gunsagar Gulati Stanford University
Derek Le   UC Los Angeles  
Brianna McIntosh    University of Washington 
Monica Nesselbush    Harvard University 
Katherine Pogrebniak Stanford University
Jason Rodencal    University of South Florida 

Program News

Class 2017
PhD Lab Coat Ceremony

Sept 25, 2017

Oct 18, 2017

Howard Chang elected to National Academy of Medicine

Howard Chang, MD, PhD, professor of dermatology, has been elected members of the National Academy of Medicine.

Oct 13, 2017

2017 STAT Wunderkind

Alumnus Daniel E. Webster, Ph.D., recognized as a “2017 STAT Wunderkind”.  He was in Dr. Paul Khavari Lab and is currently a Damon Runyon Fellow at the National Cancer Institute working with Dr. Louis Staudt on B cell lymphoma genomics. 

The Landers, Doudnas, and Bradners of the world grab plenty of headlines. So we set out to find the next generation of scientific superstars. Over the past several months, a team of STAT editors and reporters pored through nearly 300 nominations from across North America. We didn’t set an age limit; we were on the hunt for the most impressive doctors and researchers on the cusp of launching their careers but not yet fully independent. Most were postdocs, fellows, and biopharma employees working with more senior scientists. All are blazing new trails as they attempt to answer some of the biggest questions in medicine. Meet the 2017 STAT Wunderkinds.

Oct 9, 2017

Study uncovers mutation that supercharges tumor-suppressor

Laura Attardi, PhD, Professor, Departments of Radiation Oncology and of Genetics, and her collegues have found a mutation in the p53 tumor-suppressor protein that turns it into a "super" suppressor.

Apr 10, 2017

Monounsaturated fats help roundworms live longer

Anne Brunet and her team were surprised to find that pudgy roundworms that accumulated more monounsaturated fat in their bodies had longer life spans than thinner worms. (Gregg Segal)

Apr 6, 2017

Stanford Medicine researchers named Outstanding Investigators by the National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute has named professor of dermatology HOWARD CHANG, MD, and professor of oncology RONALD LEVY, MD, as recipients of the institute’s Outstanding Investigator Awards for 2016.

Jan 5, 2017

Forbes 30 Under 30: Science

Congratulations to Michelle Atallah (and her PIs Ed Engleman and Parag Mallick) for being selected in the top "30 under 30" by Forbes.

Science judge Cigall Kadoch was a Cancer Biology graduate student in Gerald Crabtree lab.

Cancer Biology Program


2018 NSF Awards: Cancer Biology Program

NSF Recipients:

Mo Ameen  

Derek Li  

NSF Honorable Mentions:

Reece Akana  

Brooks Benard  

Kelvin Cho  

Noah Greenwald  

Laura Kellman  

Awards at Cancer Biology Annual Scientific Conference: September 15-16, 2017

CONGRATULATIONS to all winners of Best Thesis, Best Talk, Best Poster and Best Design for swag at this year's retreat.

The Denise A. Chan Best Thesis Award: 

Jing Shan Lim

Best Talk:

First Place: Tie between Zintis Inde and Chris Murray

Second Place: Tie between Stefanie Morgan and  Kathryn Bieging-Rolett

Best Poster:

Winners: Tied between Katie Yost and Sean Hunter

Best Design:

First Place: Irene Li

Second Place: Amy Tarangelo

Cancer Biology Program Photos