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  • Edward Esplin

    Edward Esplin

    Postdoctoral Medical fellow, Genetics

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests Familial adenomatous polyposis (FAP), a heritable colon cancer syndrome, causes colorectal adenocarcinoma (CRC) in children as young as 9 years, and confers 100% lifetime risk of CRC. FAP patient CRCs have accumulation of alterations in multiple tumor suppressors (i.e. Kras, p53), which accumulate due to the initial APC mutation. We hypothesize that there is a reproducible cascade of molecular changes in FAP that lead to CRC and will test this using genomic and transcriptomic technologies.

  • Shanil Ebrahim

    Shanil Ebrahim

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, SCRDP/ Heart Disease Prevention

    Bio Dr. Shanil Ebrahim specializes in clinical epidemiology, meta-analytic methods, insurance medicine, disability management, and mental health issues in the workplace. His primary methodological focus is in the evaluation of re-analyses and secondary analyses of randomized trials, addressing the impact of missing participant data in meta-analyses, multilevel regression modeling, and multiple treatment comparison models. His primary focus in insurance medicine is in determining optimal management and evaluating predictors of recovery in patients receiving disability benefits, and systematically evaluating the evidence of independent medical evaluations. For his doctoral work, Dr. Ebrahim developed the first rigorous approach to address missing participant data for continuous outcomes in systematic reviews.

    Dr. Ebrahim has authored numerous publications in high impact peer-reviewed journals including JAMA, CMAJ, Journal of Clinical Epidemiology, PLoS ONE, BMJ Open, Chest, Clinical Pharmacology & Therapeutics, and Journal of Public Health Policy. For his academic efforts, Dr. Ebrahim has received numerous scholarships including the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Fellowship and Doctoral, and the MITACS Elevate and Accelerate awards.

  • Rami El Assal

    Rami El Assal

    Postdoctoral Research fellow, Radiology

    Bio Dr. El Assal is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Canary Center for Cancer Early Detection, Department of Radiology, Stanford University School of Medicine. Before moving to Stanford, he was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Medicine at Harvard Medical School, and Brigham and Women?s Hospital, Boston, MA. Dr. El Assal received his Doctor of Dental Surgery (D.D.S.) degree from Ajman University of Science and Technology, Ajman, UAE in 2007. His research interests revolved around the applications of nanotechnology and bio-inspired materials in medicine, including regenerative and transfusion medicine. He has published his research work in esteemed peer-reviewed journals and conference proceedings, including Advanced Materials, Biotechnology Journal, Molecular Pharmaceutics, and Lab on a Chip, and Journal of Tissue engineering and Regenerative Medicine. His research achievements have been recognized by the Center of Nanoscale Systems (CNS) at Harvard University. Dr. El Assal has a multifaceted and challenging career in research and patient care and he is now aspiring to a career that will help fulfill his ambition of being an effective researcher and clinician. His ultimate goal, along with treating patients on an individual basis, is to be able to treat them on a larger scale through using the problem solving methodologies that he has learned in research. During his free time, Dr. El Assal likes to help the people and serve the community.

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