Pediatric Hematology/Oncology: Our Fellows

First-Year Fellows

First-Year Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellows First-Year Fellows Melissa Mathias, MD
Miho Nakajima, MD
Katharine Offer, MD
Ugochi Ogu, MD
Michael Ortiz, MD
Katharine Rae, MD
Sara Zarnegar, MD

Second-Year Fellows

Ratna Behal, MD
PI: Praveen Raju, MD, PhD
Research Project: Role of p53 mutations in sonic-hedgehog driven medulloblastoma.

Angelica Garzon, MD
PI: Beau Mitchell, MD
Research Project: megakaryocytopoiesis and thrombopoiesis: understanding the differences between the stages of differentiation and platelet formation.

Anupa Kudva, MD
PI: Katharine Hsu, MD, PhD
Research Project: Genotyping KIRs in Neuroblastoma.

Manjusha Namuduri, MBBS
PI: Renier Brentjens, MD, PhD
Research Project: Development of CAR T cells for 8H9 positive tumors.

Javier Otero, MD, PhD
PI: Filippo Giancotti, MD, PhD
Research Project: Study of niche signals that promote tissue homeostasis of the normal prostate and how they are adapt during tumor initiation and progression, with special focus in how they are instrumental to the establishment of tumor heterogeneity.

Kavitha Ramaswamy, MD
PI: Alex Kentsis, MD, PhD
Research Project: Role of PP2A serine phosphates in AML.

Maya Suzuki, MD
PI: Nai-Kong Cheung, MD, PhD
Research Project: Developing anti-L1CAM bispecific antibody.

Third-Year Fellows

Ilia Buhtoiarov, MD
PI: Nai-Kong Cheung, MD, PhD
Research Project: Role of IL15 in immune reconstitution after cancer chemotherapy

Konstantin Dobrenkov, MD
PI: Nai-Kong Cheung, MD, PhD
Research Project: Genetically modified lymphocytes for adoptive immunotherapy of Neuroblastoma

Carolyn Jackson, MD
PI: Jean-Laurent Casanova, MD, PhD
Research Project: Inherited genetic susceptibilities underlying classic Kaposi sarcoma of childhood.

Nathan Millard, MD
PI: Scott Armstrong, MD, PhD
Research Project: Exome sequencing of pediatric leukemia.

Estibaliz Lopez, MD
PI: Alexandra Joyner, PhD
Research Project: Study of a perineural stem cell niche in developing long bones and the role of Hedgehog

Steven Quatela, MD, PhD
PI: Neal Rosen, MD, PhD

Zeena Salman, MBBS
PI: Monica Guzman, PhD
Research Project: Investigating a novel multi-kinase inhibitor in acute myeloid leukemia

Special Fellows

Leonid Dubrovsky, MD
PI: David Scheinberg, MD, PhD
Research Project: Therapy Utilizing ESKM Antibody Against Leukemias Expressing WT1 Peptide.

Christopher Forlenza, MD
PI: Katharine Hsu, MD, PhD
Research Project: Natural Killer Cells: Investigating their Role in Malignancy and Viral Infection.

Emily Slotkin, MD
Research Project: Novel Therapeutic Interventions in Pediatric Sarcoma: Exploiting Inhibition of the mTOR Pathway

Barbara (Gila) Spitzer, MD
PI: Ross Levine, MD
Research Project: Investigation of Gene Expression in AML using Next-Generation Sequencing.