Dorigo Lab Members

Oliver Dorigo, MD, PhD - Principal Investigator

Dr. Dorigo’s clinical focus is the treatment of patients with gynecologic cancers, including ovarian, cervical, endometrial, vaginal and vulva cancer. In his surgical practice, Dr. Dorigo is emphasizing the use of minimal invasive technologies in particular laparoscopic and robotic surgery. In addition to his clinical practice, he is committed to the development of innovative new therapies for patient with gynecologic malignancies. These efforts are focused both on the continuous expansion of the clinical trials program in Gynecologic Oncology and the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center, as well as the preclinical development of novel therapies in the laboratory.

Venkatesh Krishnan, PhD - Instructor

Dr. Krishnan is currently an Instructor at the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Stanford University. Dr. Krishnan has identified a key role for adipose tissue macrophages in ovarian cancer colonization of the omentum. His research interests are focused on defining the mechanism(s) by which the omental microenvironment supports and promotes progression of precursor cells to high-grade serous ovarian cancers, and ultimately peritoneal metastases. Dr. Krishnan graduated with a PhD from Penn State University and received further training at the University of Chicago where he carried out preclinical validation studies and identified signals that could be used as biomarkers for risk and ultimately targets for prevention.

Hilja Henn, MD - Visiting Scholar

Dr. Henn is an OB/GYN resident from Germany and currently a visiting scholar in Dr. Dorigo’s lab. Her research focus is on clinical studies analyzing the role of monocytes and omental metastasis in ovarian cancer. Dr. Henn enjoys playing with her son, spending time with family, as well as baking and traveling.

Ashley Moon, MD - Gynecologic Oncology Fellow

Dr. Moon is a Gynecologic Oncology fellow completing a research year in Dr. Dorigo’s lab. Her research focuses on optimizing tumor associated macrophages to better study and understand the tumor microenvironment in ovarian cancer. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with a B.S. in Molecular and Cellular Biology. After service with AmeriCorps, Dr. Moon earned her medical degree from the University of Queensland-Ochsner Clinical School in Australia and New Orleans. She completed her residency training in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Danbury Hospital in Connecticut.

Kalika Kamat, MS - LSRP III

Kalika joined the Dorigo lab as a Life Science Research Professional III in 2018 to better understand the mechanism of early metastasis in ovarian cancer. Her goal is to use a combination of genomic, transciptomic and proteomic approaches on patient sera to help predict onset of ovarian cancer. Outside of work, Kalika reads, plays board games, hikes and travels.

Supreeti Tallapragada, MS - LSRP II

Supreeti is a Life Science Research Professional II with training in molecular biology and cancer immunology. She hails from the garden city of India and moved to the forest city of Illinois to pursue a master’s in medical biotechnology at University of Illinois in Chicago. During her master’s education, Supreeti moved to sunny California to pursue a year long graduate thesis in Dr. Dorigo’s lab. Post-graduation, Supreeti transitioned to an LSRP role in Dr. Dorigo’s lab. Currently, she is working on several projects that help to better understand and characterize the tumor-immune microenvironments in various murine preclinical ovarian cancer models. Outside lab, her hobbies include arts/crafts, singing, dancing and photography.

Justine Chan, BA - Lab Manager, LSRP I

Justine earned a B.A. in Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley. After graduation, she joined Abbvie Inc. and developed hybridoma cells lines and novel antibody therapeutics for cancer research. In the Dorigo Lab, Justine seeks to understand the signaling cascades and processes which promote dissemination of ovarian cancer cells to the omentum. Currently, she is investigating the role of myeloid cells on early metastatic development and focuses on characterization of cells within the tumor-immune microenvironment with high-throughput image-based screening. Justine enjoys baking, reading comics, or hiking with family and friends.