Research Team

Cancer Biology Researchers
Skubitz

Amy Skubitz, PhD

Director, OCEDP
612-625-5920
skubi002@umn.edu

Boylan

Kristin Boylan, PhD

Assistant Director, OCEDP
612-625-4942
boyla002@umn.edu

UMN Collaborators
Argenta

Peter Argenta, MD

Associate Professor, Division of Gynecologic Oncology

Bazzaro

Martina Bazzaro, PhD

Associate Professor
612-625-2889
mbazzaro@umn.edu

Cao

Qing Cao

Senior Research Fellow, BDAC
612-624-2604
caox0075@umn.edu

Felices

Martin Felices, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Geller

Melissa Geller, MD, MS

Professor and Division Director, Gynecologic Oncology
612-626-3111

Hoffman

Samantha Hoffman, MD

Assistant Professor
612-273-7111

Koopmeiners

Joseph Koopmeiners, PhD

Professor and Division Head
612-624-7486
koopm007@umn.edu

Markowski

Todd Markowski

Scientist
612-625-6283
marko025@umn.edu

McCarthy

James McCarthy, PhD

Professor and Chairman's Fund Professorship in Cancer Research
612-625-7454
mccar001@umn.edu

Mullany

Sally Mullany, MD

Assistant Professor

Odde

David Odde, PhD

Professor
612-626-9980
oddex002@umn.edu

Petersen

Ashley Petersen, PhD

Assistant Professor
612-626-8156
pete6459@umn.edu

Sanders

Mark Sanders

Program Director
612-624-3454
msanders@umn.edu

Starr

Tim Starr, PhD

Associate Professor
612-625-4425
star0044@umn.edu

Thomas

Stefani Thomas, PhD

Assistant Professor
612-624-1054
stefanit@umn.edu

Vallera

Daniel Vallera, PhD

Professor of Therapeutic Radiology-Radiation Oncology
valle001@umn.edu

Wang

Jianping Wang

Professor
612-625-9509
jpwang@umn.edu

Marques

Guillermo Marques, PhD

Research Project Specialist
612-624-0976
marques@umn.edu

External Collaborators

Robert C. Bast, Jr., MD, and Karen Lu, MD
MD Anderson Cancer Center, Univ of TX, Houston 

Ugo Cavallaro, PhD
IRCCS Istituto Europeo di Oncologia S.r.l. in Milan Italy

Denise Connolly, PhD
Fox Chase Cancer Center, Philadelphia, PA

Kevin Elias, MD and Daniel Cramer, MD, ScD
Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School

Tanja Pejovic, MD, PhD
Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR

Nasrin Perskvist, PhD
Director of Clinical Cytology Biobank, Coordinator of National Cytology Biobank, Karolinska Institute, Stockholm, Sweden

Karin Rodland, PhD, Paul Piehowski, PhD, and Tao Liu, PhD
Pacific Northwest National Laboratories, Richland, WA

Previous Researchers

Post-doctoral Fellows:

  • Somi Afiuni, Ph.D.
  • Petra Buchanan, Ph.D.
  • Rachael Casey, Ph.D.
  • Khashayar Lessan, Ph.D.

Graduate Students:

  • Kathryn Burleson, Ph.D.
    Thesis entitled, “Determination of the metastatic potential of ovarian carcinoma spheroids”
  • Melissa DeRycke, Ph.D.
    Thesis entitled, “S100A1 and nectin 4 biomarkers in ovarian cancer”
  • Kate Hibbs, M.S.
    Thesis entitled, “Gene expression profiles of ovarian carcinoma: A search for unique tumor protein markers”
  • Yi-Ju Hung, M.S.
    Thesis entitled, “Identification of the cell surface molecules involved in the adhesion of ovarian carcinoma cells to endothelial cells”
  • Anna Rogers, M.S.
    Thesis entitled, "Optimization of mass spectrometry-based proteomic identification of ovarian cancer biomarkers from residual Pap test fixative"
  • Jeannine Thiele, M.S.
    Thesis entitled, “Identification of genes up-regulated in ovarian cancer by large-scale gene expression analysis”

Medical Students:

  • Dip Shukla, B.S.
    Project entitled, “Knockout of Nectin-4 expression in ovarian cancer cell lines with CRISPRs”
  • Kate Geschwind, B.S.
    Project entitled, “Identification of ovarian cancer biomarkers in serum samples using Proseek® plates”                       

Undergraduate Students:

  • Daniel Beacher
  • Craig Benson
  • Madelyn Blake
  • Stefanie Bradford
  • Kelly Braumberger
  • Cody Bruggemeyer
  • Carlye Burd
  • Jacqueline Byrne
  • Adam Chanthakeo
  • Christine Fink
  • Allyssa Freeman
  • Katherine Harrington
  • Jessica Hermanson
  • Resa Jones
  • Kimberly Koch
  • Stephanie Kroon
  • Jennifer Lang
  • Risha Mathur
  • Adam Meyer
  • Benjamin Misemer
  • Laura Ruff
  • Ines Sauer
  • Heena Shah
  • Sarah Trehey
  • Feifei Xue

Summer Undergraduate Students:

  • Natalie Bott
  • Stephanie Fuchs
  • Kayla Hickey

High School Students

  • Kelsey Koch

Research Technicians:

  • John Anderson, B.S.
  • Rory Manion, B.S.
  • Alan Zimmerman, B.S.