Principal Investigator

Julien Sage

B.S., Ecole Normale Superieure, France, Biology
Ph.D., Nice University, France, Biology

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Postdoctoral Fellows

Debadrita Bhattacharya

B.S., University of Calcutta, Kolkata, India, Microbiology Honours
M.S., Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, India, Biological Sciences
Ph.D., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Molecular Biology and Genetics

Research Interest: Investigating mechanisms promoting cell fate plasticity in cancers.

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Maya Baron-Gershkovitz

B.S., Tel-Hai College, Israel, Nutrition
M.S., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Biomedical Science
Ph.D., Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Biomedical Science

Research Interest: Investigating the cancer-microbiome axis in small cell lung cancer.

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Wen-Hao (Howard) Hsu

B.S., Fu Jen Catholic University, New Taipei City, Taiwan, Life Science
M.S., Taiwan University, Taipei, Taiwan, Cancer Biology
Ph.D., UT MD Anderson, Houston, TX, Cancer Biology

Research Interest: My research interests lie in the mechanisms of cancer metastasis and seeking interventions for small cell lung cancer (SCLC) progression. I expect my work to contribute to clinical prevention and therapy in SCLC.

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Jun Kim

B.S., University of California, Los Angeles, Bioengineering
Ph.D., Stanford University, Bioengineering

Research Interest: I am interested in studying alterations in signaling pathways in cancer cells and developing novel therapeutic strategies.

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Yoko Nishiga

Joint appointment with lab of Edward Graves

B.S., Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan
M.D., Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, Medicine
Ph.D., Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan, Radiation Oncology and Image-applied Therapy

Research Interest: I’m interested in how radiotherapy affects immune cells in the tumor microenvironment and how to overcome the radioresistance of tumors.

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Graduate Students

Caterina I. Colón

B.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Biology

Research Interest: I’m interested in leveraging immunotherapies against small cell lung cancer.

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Oscar Donosa

B.S., University of California at San Diego, Biochemistry and Cell Biology, and, B.S in Social Psychology

Research Interests: I'm interested in basic science research, in the context of cancer biology, that can lead to novel therapeutics.

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Gina Nicole Duronio

B.S., Northeastern University, double major in Math and Cell and Molecular Biology

Research Interests: I'm interested in understanding the role of cancer stem cells in disease development and the importance of cell state plasticity and stem cell signaling in determining processes such as metastasis and the development of therapeutic resistance in cancer..

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Taylar Hammond

B.S., Stanford University, Biology

Research Interests: I'm interested in mechanisms underlying changes in cancer cell fate decisions, especially in relation to changes in proliferation, metastasis, and differentiation state.

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Griffin Hartmann

B.S., Brown University, Neuroscience (with Honors)

Research Interests: I’m interested in understanding environmental and intrinsic factors that aid metastatic seeding and colonization with an emphasis on brain metastasis.

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Clara Poupault

B.Sc., University of Massachusetts Boston

Research Interests: I am interested in the role of the immune system in cancer development and progression and how we can use immunotherapies to treat cancer.

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Undergraduate Student

Kyle Lambert

Junior at Stanford University, Neurobiology Major (Minor in Classics)

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Lab Manager

Thuyen Nguyen

B.S., Texas A&M, Biochemistry

Research Interests: Since learning about organelles in seventh grade I fell in love with cell biology. I feel fortunate to have a rewarding career studying the protein pathways of disease, which had included analysis of the proteins involved in pigment formation, antibody drug therapy, and how certain drug treatments affect small cell lung cancer.

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Visiting Student Researchers

Zoé Ginestet

B.S, Paris-Saclay University, École Normale Supérieure Paris Saclay, Biology and Health

Research Interests: I'm interested in determining how the immune system interacts with the tumour microenvironment and how this knowledge can be used to design innovative immunotherapies.

Anissa Handjar

B.S., Toulouse III University, Cellular Biology and Physiology
Research Interests: I am interested in understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of metastasis to the brain in small-cell lung cancer.


Maria Marques Martelo

B.S, NOVA School of Science and Technology, Cellular and Molecular Biology
M.S, Lisbon School of Medicine, Biomedical Research (ongoing)

Research Interests: I am interested in better understanding the relationship between cancer and the host, more specifically, how the tumor microenvironment affects not only disease progression but also sensitivity/resistance to therapy.


Research Administrator

Alyssa Ray

B.A., University of California at Los Angeles, Anthropology

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