"I'm very fortunate to work with a great group of scientists with diverse talents. They love their craft and are passionate about discovery. Here's a glimpse about what they do and who they are..."
Mohamed E. Abazeed, MD, PhD PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR BS, University of Michigan, Biochemistry (2000) MD, University of Michigan (2008) PhD, University of Michigan, Biological Chemistry (2008) Diplomate of the American Board of Radiology (DABR), Harvard Radiation Oncology Program (2013) B. Leonard Holman Fellow, Laboratory of Matthew Meyerson, Dana Farber Cancer Institute and Broad/MIT (2013) Assistant Professor of Medicine, Cleveland Clinic (2014) Current Lab Members
"My work focuses on elucidating the genetic and molecular determinants of radiation resistance in head and neck cancer, as well as small cell lung cancer. These studies include whole genome and expression analysis of radiation recurrent patient tissues, development and utilization of patient-derived xenografts in mice, and detailed cell/molecular analyses. I am also a huge Star Wars fan and have been since I was 5 years old."
Aaron Petty, MS SENIOR RESEARCH TECHNOLOGIST
"I am intent on discovering how androgens and androgen receptor signaling confer resistance to radiation and chemotherapy in breast cancers. As part of this work, I am pioneering the use of antiandrogens for breast cancer treatment. I am an avid South Carolina Gamecock fan – ‘forever to thee’!"
Brian Yard, PhD POST-DOCTORAL FELLOW
"I am seeking to understand the processes behind the frequent and rapid evolution by small cell lung cancers from a state of chemo-sensitivity to one of intractable resistance. Underpinning this work is our growing compendium of tumor tissues that serve as more faithful avatars of patient disease, due to their in vivo propagation. Outside of research I operate a successful limousine, catering, house-cleaning and arbitration service for the exclusive use of my two, young sons."
Craig D. Peacock, PhD PROJECT STAFF SCIENTIST
"I am a recent graduate from the College of Wooster with a degree in biochemistry and molecular biology. Currently, I am exploring research interests in breast and endometrial cancers alongside my lab colleagues. When not at the bench side, I enjoy playing golf, pottery and reading. I also enjoy baking and increasing the glycemic index of my fellow lab mates."
Gwendolyn Kuzmishin, BS TECHNICIAN
"I am hoping to make a significant advances in the resources available for cancer research. I collaborate with the physicians and researchers here at The Cleveland Clinic to obtain patient tumor samples and develop patient derived xenografts in mice. My scientific research doesn’t end when I walk out the door, at home I breed sugar gliders for various recessive traits. I spend my spare time chasing after a two year old and trying to convince my boss that Ohio State is way better than that team up North!"
Laurie Harrison, BS RESEARCH TECHNOLOGIST
"My work is driven towards changing therapeutic strategies in lung cancer. I really enjoy being a graduate student in an environment with many distinct intellectual and physical resources. My favorite Will Rogers axiom is: 'Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.'"
Priyanka Gopal, MS GRADUATE STUDENT
"My research focuses on aggressive variants of endometrial cancer and exploring novel therapeutic strategies in vitro and in vivo. By applying computational and analytical data obtained from genomic studies to molecular-based approaches, I hope to institute a precision medicine approach to clinical care. When I'm not in the lab or the operating room, I enjoy spending time with my wife and son, dining out and tinkering with electronics."
Roberto Vargas, MD GYN ONCOLOGY FELLOW Lab Alumni
Eui Kui Chie, MD, PhD VISITING SCHOLAR SEOUL NATIONAL UNIVERSITY
Kevin Rogacki, MD MEDICAL STUDENT, CWRU

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