Current Staff

GU Fornace Group enjoying dinner at a restaurant in 2017

  • Pelagie Y. Ake., L.A.T., Research Assistant IV
  • Jerry J. Angdisen, M.S., Laboratory Manager
  • Renxiang Chen, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Mark Debettencourt, Special Projects / Research Assistant
  • Rachel Farnsworth, Research Assistant
  • Karen Howenstein, M.S., PMP, CRA, Business & Administrative Mgr/ Grants & Contracts Admin III / Program Mgr
  • Santosh Kumar, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Lorreta Lin, M.S., Research Assistant
  • Bo-Hyun Moon, M.S., Research Associate
  • Evan Pannkuk Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow
  • Linze Song, M.S., Research Technician IV
  • Shubhankar Suman, Ph.D., Research Instructor
  • Harinder Sarao, ProCard Analyst
  • Alexandra Taraboletti, Ph.D., Post-Doctoral Fellow

Faculty Collaborators

Affiliate Staff

Previous Staff

  • Jui-Jung (Rae) Chung, Research Assistant (2010-2014)
  • Nicholas Dellasanta, Research / Special Projects Assistant (2016-2017)
  • Kathryn Doiron, Lab Manager (2006-2009); University of Utah, 2009
  • Ziling Fan, Graduate Student
  • M. Christine Hollander, Ph.D., Microbiologist, NCI
  • Victor Jolly, M.S., Georgetown University Hospital
  • Christine Koch-Paiz, Biologist, NCI
  • Jamie Liu, M.S., Research Staff; University of Michigan School of Public Health, Fall 2010, Doctoral Program
  • Elkhansa Sidahmen, M.S., Senior Technician, 2010; Graduate Student, University of Michigan, 2010
  • Steve Strawn, M.S., Lab Manager (2010-2015); Research Scientist, ProMetic BioTherapeutics Inc.
  • Jiafang Sun, M.D.
  • Hemang Thakor, NOVA Southestern University, Osteopathic Medicine
  • John B. Tyburski, Ph.D. 
  • Yi-Wen Wang, M.S., Research Associate/Research Assistant IV (2009-2016); The Scripps Research Institute
  • Zhuoli Xuan, M.S.

Alumni Fellows

  • Sally A. Amundson, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Center for Radiological Research, Columbia University
  • Insoo Bae, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Breast Cancer, Georgetown University Medical Center
  • Galina Belova, Ph.D., Research Biologist, NCI Center for Cancer Research, NIH
  • Terrence M. Black, Ph.D., Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Hofstra University; Instructor, Department of Chemistry, Nassau Community College
  • Dmitry V. Bulavin, M.D., Ph.D., Team Leader (Professor), Institute for Research on Cancer and Aging (IRCAN), Nice, France
  • France Carrier, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, University of MD School of Medicine
  • Hyukjin Cha, Ph.D., Associate Professor, College of Life Science, Sogang University, Seoul, Korea
  • I-Tsuen Chen, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Biotechnology and Labratory Science in Medicine, National Yang Ming University, Taiwan
  • Maria Elena Díaz-Rubio, Ph.D., Scientific Officer, EMBL
  • Maryam Goudarzi, Ph.D., Project Scientist, Department of Cellular & Molecular Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute 
  • Laura Henmueller, Ph.D, Technology Transfer Specialist, NCI Technology Transfer Branch, NIH
  • Jeffrey Hildesheim, Ph.D., Program Director, Cancer Cell Biology Branch, NCI Division of Cancer Biology, NIH
  • Daniel R. Hyduke, Ph.D., GUMC Adjunct; Senior Scientist in the Bioinformatics Department, Stemcentrx
  • H. Udo Kontny, M.D., Vice Chair, Department of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology, University of Freiburg, Germany
  • Oleg I. Kovalsky, Ph.D., Moscow, Russia
  • Jesús M. Salvador, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Consejo Superior de Investigaciones Cientificas (CSIC), Department of Immunology and Oncology, National Center for Biotechnology, Madrid
  • M. Saeed Sheikh, M.D., Ph.D., Professor, Department of Pharmacology, S.U.N.Y., Syracuse, N.Y.
  • Martin L. Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Indiana University Cancer Center
  • Daniela Trani, Ph.D., Research Policy Advisor/ Project Leader at Maastricht University, Netherlands
  • John B. Tyburski, Ph.D., Science & Health Writer for Daily Digest News at KPR Media, Baltimore, MD
  • Stuart D. Tyner, Ph.D., Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Science
  • Qimin Zhan, M.D., President, Peking University Health Science Center (PUHSC)

Alumni Student Fellows

  • Rania Awaad, University of Virginia School of Medicine, Class of 2009
  • Donald M. Ayers, University of Chicago School of Medicine, Class of 2001
  • Patricia Blank-DePaez, UCLA School of Public Health
  • Khanh T. Do, George Washington University School of Medicine, Class of 2006
  • Crissy Dudgeon (Phillips), Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University, 2007; Research Teaching Specialist, Arnold Levine Laboratory, Cancer Institute of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
  • Will Ferguson, Senior Applications Consultant, Agilent Technologies, Inc., Life Science Solution Unit, Washington, D.C., 2007
  • Bill Giasi, George Washington University Medical School, Class of 2003
  • David Gutkind, Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine, Class of 2004
  • M. Christine Hollander, Graduate Student, NIH-GWU, Ph.D., Class of 1993
  • Kate Kim, University of Chicago Law School, Class of 2003
  • Richard A. Lee, Drexel University College of Medicine, Class of 2006
  • Julie Lowe, Ph.D., Graduate Student, Georgetown Univ., 2007-2010; NIEHS Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2010
  • Thomas Molinaro, New Jersey Medical School, Class of 2002
  • Sarah Ogden, Columbia University Medical School, Class of 2001
  • Andrew D. Patterson, Graduate Student, NIH-GWU, Ph.D., 2006; Associate Professor of Molecular Toxicology, Center for Molecular Toxicology and Carcinogenesis, Penn State University, 2015
  • Robyn Philburn, Ph.D., Program at Columbia University School of Public Health, 2004
  • Matt Robertson, University of Minnesota Medical School, Class of 2009
  • David S. Seres MD, ScM, PNS, Associate Professor of Medicine at the Institute of Human Nutrition; Director, Medical Nutrition and Nutrition Support Service; Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons
  • Sohrab Shabab, Eastern Virginia School of Medicine, Class of 2004
  • Lisa Vinikoor, Ph.D., Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina, 2003
  • Sylvia Wong, Pre-Doctoral Fellow, NHGRI
  • Michelle Wyatt, Biological & Biomedical Sciences Ph.D. Program, Vanderbilt Unversity, 2003
  • Kelly Yu, Yale School of Public Health

Masters Program Interns

  • Xinyue Zheng, 2016
  • Rihem Ajina, 2014
  • Glowi Alasiri, 2014
  • Erin Conn, 2014
  • Victor Jolly, 2014
  • Yigi Zhou, 2014
  • Dainen Li, 2013
  • Sara Maimouni, 2013
  • Dong Niu, 2012
  • Meng Gao, 2012
  • Christina J. Lee, 2011
  • Anita Roach, 2011
  • Jui-Jung Chung, 2010-2011
  • Xiaojun Zou, 2007

​Other Interns

  • Rachael Farnesworth, 2016-Pres, Attending Georgetown University (Master's Nursing School)
  • Mark Debettencourt, 2016-Pres, Attending Georgetown University; GUMC Sponsored Research Associate (2017- )
  • Junjie Chen, MPP, 2016, Graduated Georgetown University; Pew Research Center, Intern; GUMC Sponsored Research Associate (2016-2017)
  • Anjik Ghosh, 2016, Attending University of Maryland
  • Nicholas Dellasanta, 2016, Graduated Georgetown University; Attending the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine
  • Elisse Park, 2010-2014, Graduated Georgetown University; Attending Georgetown University Medical School

High School Interns

  • Anna Zeng, 2015, 2016, McLean High School, VA
  • Chaitanya Singh, 2014, Winston Churchill High School
  • Christina Lee, 2012, Attending the University of Virginia
  • Bridget Park, 2012, Attending Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Daniel Tavakol, 2012, Attending James Madison High School
  • Rujia Teng, 2012, Attending Blaire High School Magnet Program
  • Remy Lee, 2011, Attending Thomas Jefferson High School
  • Caroline Park, 2011, Admitted to Columbia University
  • Jeemin Wooh, 2011, Admitted to Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Caroline Chen, 2010, Attending Columbia University

GU Fornace Group Photos Across Time

GU Fornace Group enjoying dinner at a restaurant in 2016


GU Fornace Group enjoying dinner at a restaurant in 2014


GU Fornace Group posing for a picture outside the Med Dent building in 2012