Genetics, Genomics & Cancer Biology


College of Life Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy


Center City


On Campus


4 - 5 Years

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Name: Lucia Languino, PhD
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Philadelphia, PA 19107

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Name: Danielle Park
Position: Program Coordinator
Organization: Jefferson

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Current Students

Sarah Ahr

Laboratory: TBD

Project: TBD

Samantha Barnada

Laboratory: Steven McMahon, PhD

Project: TBD

Robert Carlson

Laboratory: Adam Snook, PhD

Project: Development of novel adoptive cellular therapies (CAR-T, CAR-NK, etc.) targeting universally overexpressed tumor-associated antigens in solid cancers.

David Deming

Laboratory: Alexander Mazo, PhD

Project: TBD

Brittiny Dhital

Laboratory: Veronica Rodriguez-Bravo, PhD

Project: The Role of the Nuclear Pore Protein TPR in the Pathogenesis of Lethal Prostate Cancer

Latese Evans

Laboratory: Matthew Schiewer, PhD

Project: TBD

Samuel Evans

Laboratory: TBD

Project: TBD

Tyler Fenstermaker

Laboratory: Alexander Mazo, PhD

Project: TBD

Brianna Hill

Laboratory: My Mahoney, PhD

Project: TBD

Annalise Koup

Laboratory: TBD

Project: TBD

Jessica Kopenhaver

Laboratory: Scott Waldman, MD, PhD

Project: TBD

Michael Lawler

Laboratory: Sara Meyer, PhD

Project: I focus on the effects of innate immune signaling on differentiation in acute myeloid leukemia. My work will look to reveal the phenotypic and signaling consequences of TLR2 activation on DNMT3A-mutant AML and look to provide the first single cell map of innate immune signaling in AML cells, which will reveal genes and/or pathways that can be leveraged therapeutically for AML treatment.

Justin Myers

Laboratory: TBD

Project: TBD

Nicole Naranjo

Laboratory: Lucia Languino, PhD

Project: TBD

Pyung hun Park

Laboratory: Andrew South, PhD

Project: TBD

Douglas Ralph

Laboratory: Qiaoli Li, PhD

Project: Investigating the genotype-phenotype correlation of genetic calcification disorders, as well as the relationship between calcification and cancer progression.

Alexandra Redding

Laboratory: Elda Grabocka, PhD

Project: Mechanisms regulating Stress Granule formation

Laura Reynolds

Laboratory: Hien Dang, PhD

Project: TBD

Ross Staudt

Laboratory: Adam Snook, PhD

Project: Investigating the use of GUCY2C-directed CAR-T cells as a therapeutic for upper-GI cancers.

Bernadette Tiberi

Laboratory: TBD

Project: TBD

Francis Waltrich

Laboratory: Andrew Aplin, PhD

Project: Identifying new therapeutic strategies for melanomas harboring both GNAQ and GNA11 mutations. 

Haley Wilson

Laboratory: Andrew Aplin, PhD

Project: Utilize 3D culture to elucidate the mechanisms of drug tolerant persister cells in cutaneous melanoma


Stephanie Renna

Thesis Title: “Guanylyl Cyclase C Vaccines for Secondary Prevention of Metastatic Colorectal Cancer”

Advisor: Steven McKenzie, MD, PhD



Tess Cherlin

Thesis Title: “Identifying, Characterizing, and Exploring Profiles of Ribosomal RNA Fragments (rRFs) and their Implications for Personalized Medicine Contexts”

Advisor: Isidore Rigoutsos, PhD


Marina Domingo Vidal

Thesis Title: “Metabolic compartmentalization as a driver of head and neck squamous cell carcinoma aggressiveness”

Advisor: Ubaldo Martinez-Outschoorn, MD


Rachel Hodge

Thesis Title: “Human Sex-Specific Synaptic Adhesion Proteins NLGN4X and NLGN4Y Regulate the Dual Innervation of Dendritic Spines”

Advisor: Matthew Dalva, PhD

Current Position: Postdoctoral Fellow, Thomas Jefferson University


Amir Hossein Saeidian

Thesis Title: “Investigating the Molecular Genetics and Viral Repertoire of Patients with Epidermodysplasia Verruciformis”

Advisor: Jouni Uitto, MD, PhD


Alison Shupp

Thesis Title: “The Role of “Educated” Osteoblast-Derived Small Extracellular Vesicles in Regulating Breast Cancer Proliferation”

Advisor: Karen Bussard, PhD



Lebaron Agostini

Thesis Title: “Targeting Poly (ADP) Ribose Glycohydrolase as a Combinatorial Strategy to Enhance DNA Damage in Gastrointestinal Cancers”

Advisor: Jonathan Brody, PhD


Alex Haber

Thesis Title: “Pre-Clinical Investigations Of The Second-Generation Polymeric Fluoropyrimidine, AraC-FdUMP[10] (CF10), For The Treatment of Gastrointestinal Cancers”

Advisor: Jonathan Brody, PhD


Amanda Pattison

Thesis Title: “Reactivating the GUCY2C signaling axis for colorectal cancer chemoprevention”

Advisor: Scott Waldman, MD, PhD