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Resident Research Experience

2015-2017

Ian Solsky MD
Working with Ariadne Labs, a joint center for health systems innovation at Brigham and Women's Hospital and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Ian is developing the project "Building the Digital Phenotype of Recovery after Surgery: Harnessing smartphone data to improve patient quality of life following surgery" and completing an MPH in Quantitative Methods at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

PI: Alex B. Haynes, MD, MPH; Assistant Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School and Massachusetts General Hospital; Associate Program Director, Ariadne Labs

Raj Vaghjiani, MD
"With the recent rise of immunotherapy in the treatment of lung cancer, understanding the tumor immune microenvironment is a much needed area of investigation. My research project focuses on analyzing the impact of chemotherapy on the tumor immune microenvironment with an ultimate goal of defining a rational based strategy to combine chemotherapy and immunotherapy"

PI: Prasad S. Adusumilli
Department: Department of Surgery, Thoracic Service. Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Sonia Voiculescu MD
As a T32 recipient under the tutelage of John Condeelis PhD (Professor and Chair, Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology) and David Entenberg MSc (Director of Technological Development in the Gruss Lipper Biophotonics Center) at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Sonia's research has bridged surgery, engineering, and basic science to create a new technique for studying one of the most common metastatic sites, the lung. Together with her mentors, she invented a new imaging window for the murine lung which allows for the first time, direct visualization over multiple days of all stages of metastatic disease, including tumor cell arrival, extravasation, growth, progression to micro-metastasis, and reintravasation.

Kristen Wong MD
Kristen is researching the mutated, oncogenic pathways involved in thyroid cancer, and more specifically, she is testing a new, once a day, orally bioavailable drug that has promising growth inhibiting capabilities in anaplastic thyroid cancer cells. This is being performed with both in vitro and in vivo studies, and hopefully can be applied to many other cancers with similar driving mutations.

Department: Department of Molecular Biology
PI: Antonio DiCristofano, PhD

Jessica Pastoriza, MD
Jessica Pastoriza received a T32 training grant from 11/2015-6/2017. Under the mentorship of Dr. Maja Oktay, Dr. John Condeelis and David Entenberg, she developed novel multi-scale intravital imaging methods to investigate the effects of taxane based chemotherapeutics on the breast cancer microenvironment in living animals. She further correlated her laboratory work with clinical data and performed a retrospective chart review examining the distant recurrence free survival of breast cancer patients in the neoadjuvant versus adjuvant chemotherapy settings in a racially diverse population.

2014-2016

Benjamin Farber
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, Dept. of Surgery, Pediatric Surgical Service/PI-Michael LaQuaglia
Rockefeller University, Laboratory of Cellular Biophysics/Sanford Simon MD

Michael LaQuaglia
Boston Children’s Hospital / PI-Khashayar Vakili

YuXia
Department of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery, Montefiore Medical Center/David D’Alessandro MD
Will be completing the Masters of Clinical Research Training Program at Albert Einstein College of Medicine.

2013-2015

Lily Gutnik
Harvard School of Public Health + Center for Surgery and Public Health @ Brigham and Women’s Hospital (Year #1)/Mentors-Robert Riviello, Zara Cooper
Completed Masters of Public Health
UNC Project Malawi (Year#2)/Mentors-Satish Gopal, Clara Lee
Clinical Director of UNC Project-Mina Hosseinipour
Fulbright-Fogarty Fellow + Fogarty Global Health Fellow

Hillary Yaffe
Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Dept. of Radiation Oncology/PI-Chandan Guha, MBBS, PhD

Eleanor Muise
Yale University School of Medicine, Dept. of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery/Robert Cowles MD