Neuro-Oncology Branch Teams


Clinical Team


  • Attending Physicians

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

    • Brett Theeler, MD
  • Clinical Fellows

    • Orwa Aboud, MD, PhD
    • Christine Cordova, MD
    • Carlos Romo, MD (Clinical Rotator)
    • Karisa Schreck, MD (Clinical Rotator)
    • David Kamson, MD (Clinical Rotator)
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  • 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
  • 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 (CRTA Fellow)
  • Maria Fletcher Ruiz (CRTA Fellow)
  • Madeline Dahut (CRTA Fellow)
  • Nikki Hatamian (CRTA Fellow)
  • Caitlin Figiel (Lab Technician)
  • James Frisbie (SCRTA Fellow)
  • James Rogers (SCRTA Fellow)
  • Michael Timmer (SCRTA Fellow)
  • Nicole Leggiero (Special Volunteer)
  • Karra Manier (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)
  • Yang Wang, MD, PhD (Special Volunteer)
  • Timothy Westlake, PhD (Special Volunteer)
  • Emeline Tabouret, MD (Special Volunteer)
  • Rebecca Breese (Special Volunteer)
  • Iris Indig (SCRTA Fellow)

Genomics Team

  • Chunzhang Yang, PhD (Investigator) 
  • Yang Liu, PhD (Visiting Fellow)
  • Yiqiang Zhou, PhD (Visiting Fellow)
  • Di Yu (Special Volunteer)
  • Kelsey Gallant (CRTA Fellow)
  • Sabrina Cai (SCRTA Fellow)

Metabolomics Team

  • Mioara Larion, PhD (Investigator) 
  • Adrian Lita, PhD (Research Fellow)
  • Victor Ruiz Rodado, PhD (Visiting Fellow)
  • Tyrone Dowdy, PhD (Lab Technician)
  • Alejandra Cavazos Saldana (NAEP Fellow)
  • Sriya Movva (SCRTA Fellow)

Developmental Therapeutics Team

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

Immunotherapy Team

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

Bioinformatics Team

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

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)
  • Yu-Ting Su, PhD (Visiting Fellow)
  • Funita Phan, PhD (CRTA Fellow)
  • Lee Hwang, MD (Clinical Rotator)
  • Victoria Shen (Special Volunteer)

Tissue Procurement Team

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

Administrative Team

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