Philadelphia University + Thomas Jefferson University

Team

Our Team

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Nicole Simone
Associate Professor

Dr. Simone received her medical degree from the New Jersey Medical School, UMDNJ, in Newark, N.J., and her bachelor of science in engineering at the University of Pennsylvania. She completed her medical residency in radiation oncology at the National Cancer Institute from 2004 to 2008, and became an Assistant Clinical Investigator at the NCI. In 2011, she joined the department of radiation oncology at Thomas Jefferson University leading her lab to understand various aspects of cancer biology. She is now currently the Margaret Q. Landenberger Professor and the Radiation Director of the Jefferson Breast Care Center.

Ajay Palagani

Ajay Palagani
Post-Doctoral Fellow

Ajay is originally from Visakhapatnam, India, and earned his BTech from India after completing a Master’s in Sweden. He joined the lab of Dr. Wim Vanden Berghe at University of Antwerp, Belgium, to pursue his PhD. In January 2015, he joined Thomas Jefferson University to continue his research study as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Dr. Nicole Simone in the Department of Radiation Oncology. The main focus of his research is to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying the oncogenic potential of mir-21 in breast cancer, and how caloric restriction helps for efficient drug delivery in breast and prostate cancer.

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Tiziana DeAngelis
Research Assistant

Tiziana is from Rome, Italy, where she earned the “Diploma di Laurea” in Biological Sciences, at “La Sapienza” University. She also completed a Master in Pharmacology at Thomas Jefferson University. In joining Dr. Nicole Simone laboratory as Research Assistant, she combined her classic biology background and experience with the field of nutrition that has interested her most from the beginning. She’s currently working at in vivo studies to identify dietary interventions that may directly affect the biology of the tumor.

Brittany Simone

Brittany Simone
Resident

Brittany is from upstate New York and completed her undergraduate biomedical engineering studies at Boston University. She then completed her medical training at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Manhattan in 2014.  She is currently a 4nd year resident in the department of Radiation Oncology at Thomas Jefferson University. Her research interests include understanding the effects of caloric restriction on tumor microenvironment and tumor immunology.

Kaitlyn Dykes

Kaitlyn Dykes

Kaitlyn is currently a third year medical student at Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Thomas Jefferson University.  She graduated from the University of Minnesota College of Biological Sciences in 2015 with a degree in Genetics, Cell Biology, and Cell Development. While at Minnesota, she conducted research in a hematology and oncology laboratory and has also worked in clinical research in geriatrics. At Sidney Kimmel she is in the Clinical Translational Research track at Jefferson, were she is expanding her interest in the elucidation of disease processes and mechanisms of treatment outcomes.

Kevin Ko

Kevin Ko 

Kevin is a post-bac student currently applying to medical school. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis in 2014 with a degree in biochemistry.