Neuro-Oncology Branch Teams


Clinical Team


  • Attending Physicians

    • Mark Gilbert, MD (Chief, Senior Investigator) 
    • Jing Wu, MD, PhD (Clinical Fellowship Director, Investigator)
  • Clinical Collaborators

  • Clinical Fellows

    • Orwa Aboud, MD, PhD
    • Christine Cordova, MD
    • Carlos Romo, MD (Clinical Rotator)
    • Karisa Schreck, MD (Clinical Rotator)
    • David Kamson, MD (Clinical Rotator)
  • Nurse Practitioners

    • Nancy Garren, CRNP
    • Lisa Boris, CRNP
    • Christine Siegel, CRNP
    • Ramya Antony, CRNP
  • Research Nurses

    • Christine Bryla, RN
    • Ann McCoy, RN
    • Sonja Crandon, RN
    • Lisa Chamberlain, RN
  • Patient Care Coordinators

    • Tracy Ani
    • Kiera Caffee
    • Kristen Stevens Brown

Brain Tumor Trials Collaborative (BTTC)

  • Katie Blackburn (Project Manager)
  • Jennifer Reyes (Protocol Coordinator)

NCI-CONNECT

  • Kathleen Mercure (Project Manager)
  • Kristin Odom (Communications Editor)
  • Brittany Cordeiro (Advocacy Liaison & Navigator)
  • Christine Siegel, CRNP (Nurse Practitioner)
  • Kristen Stevens Brown (Patient Care Coordinator)
  • Yamini Vyas (CRTA Fellow)

Patient Outcomes Team

  • Terri Armstrong, PhD (Senior Investigator) 
  • Elizabeth Vera (Bio-Behavioral Research Analyst)
  • Alvina Acquaye (Bio-Behavioral Research Associate)
  • Dorela Shuboni-Mulligan, PhD (CRTA Fellow)
  • Maria Fletcher Ruiz (CRTA Fellow)
  • Nicole Leggiero (CRTA Fellow)
  • Madeline Dahut (CRTA Fellow)
  • Nikki Hatamian (CRTA Fellow)
  • Caitlin Figiel (Lab Technician)
  • James Rogers (Special Volunteer)
  • Michael Timmer (Special Volunteer)

Stem Cell Team

  • Zhengping Zhuang, MD, PhD (Senior Investigator) 
  • Herui Wang, PhD (Visiting Fellow)
  • Jing Cui, PhD (Visiting Fellow)
  • Qi Song (Visiting Fellow)
  • Jared Rosenblum (CRTA Fellow)
  • Pauline Dmitriev (CRTA Fellow)
  • Rogelio Medina (MRSP Fellow)
  • Yang Wang, MD, PhD (Special Volunteer)
  • Timothy Westlake, PhD (Special Volunteer)
  • Qi Li, PhD (Special Volunteer)
  • Jingcheng Zhou (Special Volunteer)
  • Rebecca Breese (Special Volunteer)

Genomics Team

  • Chunzhang Yang, PhD (Investigator) 
  • Yang Liu, PhD (Visiting Fellow)
  • Yiqiang Zhou, PhD (Visiting Fellow)
  • Di Yu (Special Volunteer)

Metabolomics Team

  • Mioara Larion, PhD (Investigator) 
  • Adrian Lita, PhD (Research Fellow)
  • Victor Ruiz Rodado, PhD (Visiting Fellow)
  • Tyrone Dowdy, PhD (Lab Technician)

Translational Team

  • Jing Wu, MD, PhD (Investigator, Clinical Fellowship Director) 
  • Yu-Ting Su, PhD (Visiting Fellow)
  • Funita Phan, PhD (CRTA Fellow)
  • Madison Butler (CRTA Fellow)

Developmental Therapeutics Team

  • Sadhana Jackson, MD (Assistant Clinical Investigator)
  • Amelie Vezina, PhD (Visiting Fellow)
  • Caitlin Meeks (NCI/JHU Fellow)

Immunotherapy Team

  • Amber Giles, PhD (Research Fellow)
  • Nivedita Ratnam, PhD (Visiting Fellow)
  • William Kelly, MD (Special Volunteer)

Bioinformatics Team

  • Orieta Celiku, PhD (Research Fellow)
  • Aiguo Li, PhD (Biologist)
  • Mimi Li (Special Volunteer)

Preclinical Translational Research Team

  • Wei Zhang, MD, PhD (Technical Lab Manager)
  • Meili Zhang, MD, PhD (Scientist II)
  • Hua Song, PhD (Scientist I)
  • Dionne Davis (Lab Technician)
  • Nicole Briceno (Lab Technician)
  • Jinkyu Jung, PhD (Research Fellow)
  • Lee Hwang, MD (Clinical Rotator)

Tissue Procurement Team

  • Virginia Rodriguez, PhD (Biologist)
  • Susie Ahn (Biologist)

Administrative Team

  • Lilian Yang (Senior Branch Administrator)
  • Sherita Morris (Executive Assistant)
  • Courtney Moore (Clinical Program Assistant)
  • Adam Benedek (Lab Program Assistant)