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  • Robbie Majzner

    Robbie Majzner

    Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Hematology/Oncology) at the Stanford University Medical Center

    Bio Robbie Majzner is an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics in the Division of Hematology and Oncology. After graduating with a BA from Columbia University, Dr. Majzner attended Harvard Medical School, where he developed an interest in pediatric oncology. He completed his residency training in pediatrics at New York Presbyterian-Columbia and fellowship training in pediatric hematology-oncology at Johns Hopkins and the National Cancer Institute. During his fellowship, he cared for some of the first pediatric patients to receive CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cells, children with B cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (B-ALL) who often had no other therapeutic option. Witnessing the success of CAR T cells in these patients drove Dr. Majzner to the laboratory, where he focuses on extending the use of CAR T cells to solid tumors. He has generated and optimized novel receptors to recognize antigens over-expressed on pediatric solid tumors such as GD2 (Mount/Majzner et al., Nature Medicine, 2018) B7-H3 (Majzner et al., Clinical Cancer Research, 2019), and ALK (Walker/Majzner et al., Molecular Therapy, 2017). Current work focuses on imparting multi-specificity to CAR T cells and optimizing these receptors to enhance their efficacy when the amount of target (antigen density) is limiting (Majzner et al., Cancer Discovery, 2020). By drawing on state of the art bioengineering techniques, the Majzner Laboratory focuses on enhancing the potency and specificity of CAR T cells for children with cancer.

    Clinically, Dr. Majzner cares for all patients with neuroblastoma at the Lucile Packard Children's Hospital and has a specific interest in bringing novel immunotherapies to clinical trials for these patients and those with other solid tumors. He is board certified in pediatrics and pediatric hematology-oncology.

  • Yvonne Maldonado

    Yvonne Maldonado

    Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Development and Diversity, Professor of Pediatrics (Infectious Diseases) and of Epidemiology and Population Health

    Current Research and Scholarly Interests My research focuses on epidemiologic aspects of viral vaccines and perinatal HIV infection. This includes the molecular epidemiology of factors affecting the immunogenicity of oral polio vaccine (OPV) in developing areas of the world, and now the epidemiology of transmission and circulation of vaccine derived polioviruses in order to assist in global eradication of polio. I also work in development of methods to prevent breastfeeding transmission of HIV in Africa.

  • Ivana Maric

    Ivana Maric

    Research Scientist, Pediatrics - Neonatology

    Bio Ivana Maric received her B.S. degree from the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. She received her M.S and Ph.D. fromRutgers Universityin 2000 and 2006, respectively. 2006 to 2010 she was a postdoctoral scholar atStanford University. From 2010 to 2013 she was with Aviat Networks, Santa Clara, CA. From 2013 to 2017 she was at Ericsson Research, Santa Clara, CA. During Spring 2016 she was an adjunct faculty atSanta Clara University. Since 2017, she is a Research Scientist at the Prematurity Research Center atStanford University, School of Medicine.

    Her research focuses on applying machine learning to improving maternal and perinatal health. Previously, her research has focused on information theory, a mathematical discipline tightly related to statistics and machine learning. She co-edited and co-authored a book, a monograph, two book chapters and 14 journal and 41 papers conference papers on the topic. She served as an Associate Editor for the IEEE Communications Letters from 2009 to 2012, for the Trans. on Emerging Telecommunications Technologies from 2016 to 2018. She is a co-recipient of the 2013 IEEE Communications Society Best Tutorial Paper Award.

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