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andrew godwin portraitAndrew Godwin, Ph.D.
Chancellors Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Sciences Endowed Professor
Professor and Director, Molecular Oncology, University of Kansas Medical Center
Division Director of Genomic Diagnostics, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, The University of Kansas Medical Center
Deputy Director, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Director, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
Director, Biospecimen Shared Resource
Kansas Bioscience Authority Eminent Scholar
Email: agodwin@kumc.edu
Assistant: Cassaundra Shipman, cshipman2@kumc.edu


Dr. Soper

Steven A. Soper, Ph.D.
Foundation Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Center of BioModular Multiscale Systems for Precision Medicine, University of Kansas
Director, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
Associate Editor, Analyst
Adjunct Professor, Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology
William H. Pryor Emeritus Chair of Chemistry (LSU)
Chief Science Officer, BioFluidica, Inc.
Chief Science Officer, Digital NanoGenetics, LLC
Email: ssoper@ku.edu
Assistant: Lindsey Roe, lindseyp@ku.edu


Alan Yu portrait

Alan Yu, MB, BChir
Harry Statland and Solon Summerfield Professor of Medicine
Director, Division of Nephrology and Hypertension and The Kidney Institute
Director, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
University of Kansas Medical Center
Email: ayu@kumc.edu

Leonidas  portraitLeonidas Bantis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Data Science, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Junior Faculty, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
Member, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Email: lbantis@kumc.edu


Shellie Ellis portraitShellie D. Ellis, M.A., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Junior Faculty, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
NCI/Academy Health Visiting Scholar
National Cancer Institute
Email: sellis4@kumc.edu


Ryan Funk portraitRyan S. Funk, PharmD, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Pharmacy Practice, University of Kansas
Junior Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Junior Faculty, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
Email: ryanfunk@kumc.edu


Gregory Gan portrait

Gregory N. Gan, M.D., Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology and Department of Cancer Biology,  University of Kansas School of Medicine
Director of Technology and Oligometastasis Program
Junior Faculty, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
Professor, Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Email: ggan@kumc.edu
Assistant: Kija Cunningham- kcunningham7@kumc.edu


Deepika Polineni portraitDeepika Polineni, M.D., MPH
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Critical Care and Sleep Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Junior Faculty, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
Email: dpolineni@kumc.edu

Cheryl Jernigan portraitCheryl L. Jernigan, CPA, FACHE (PACE)
Survivor of Breast Cancer, co-Survivor of HPV Tonsil Cancer & Metastatic Prostate Cancer
Lead Patient Advocate & Co-Leader, Patient and Community Engagement, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
Lead Patient Advocate, Patient & Investigator Voices Organizing Together, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Lead Patient Advocate, Greater Plains Collaborative, University of Kansas Medical Center
Lead Patient Advocate and Co-Leader, Patient Partners group, Frontiers: University of Kansas Clinical and Translational Science Institute
Email:  callcjjj@gmail.com


Hope Krebill portrait

Hope Krebill, MSW, BSN, RN
Assistant Director, Outreach, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Executive Director, Masonic Cancer Alliance
Co-Leader, Patient and Community Engagement Core, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
Email: hkrebill@kumc.edu


Sara Douglas portrait

Sara Douglas, MSN, RN, OCN
Co-Leader, Patient and Community Engagement Core, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
Primary Care and Community Research Network Manager, Masonic Cancer Alliance 
Patient and Investigator Voices Organizing Together (PIVOT) Program Manager
Email: sdouglas3@kumc.edu

andrew godwin portraitAndrew Godwin, Ph.D.
Chancellors Distinguished Chair in Biomedical Sciences Endowed Professor
Professor and Director, Molecular Oncology, University of Kansas Medical Center
Division Director of Genomic Diagnostics, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, The University of Kansas Medical Center
Deputy Director, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Director, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
Director, Biospecimen Shared Resource
Kansas Bioscience Authority Eminent Scholar
Email: agodwin@kumc.edu
Assistant: Cassaundra Shipman, cshipman2@kumc.edu


Harsh PathakHarsh Pathak, Ph.D. (BBV Core)
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Director, Biomarker Discovery Lab
Co-Director, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE BBV Core
Email: hpathak@kumc.edu


Steven HyterSteven Hyter, Ph.D. (BBV Core)
Clinical Assistant Professor and Assistant Director, Clinical Molecular Oncology Laboratory, Department of Pathology & Laboratory MedicineCo-Director, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE BBV Core
Email: shyter@kumc.edu


Devin Koestler portraitDevin Koestler, Ph.D. (QOC)
Associate Professor of Biostatistics and Data Science, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Director, Quantitative Omics Core, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
Director (KUMC-site), Biostatistics and Informatics Shared Resource, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Email: skoestler@kumc.edu


Jeffrey Thompson portraitJeffrey A. Thompson, Ph.D. (QOC)
Assistant Professor, Department of Biostatistics & Data Science, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Associate Director, Quantitative Omics Core, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
Co-Director, Curated Cancer Clinical Outcomes Database, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Email: jthompson21@kumc.edu


Steven SoperSteven A. Soper, Ph.D. (BME)
Foundation Distinguished Professor
Department of Chemistry
Department of Mechanical Engineering
Director, Center of BioModular Multiscale Systems for Precision Medicine, University of Kansas
Director, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE
Associate Editor, Analyst
Adjunct Professor, Ulsan National Institute of Science & Technology
William H. Pryor Emeritus Chair of Chemistry (LSU)
Chief Science Officer, BioFluidica, Inc.
Chief Science Officer, Digital NanoGenetics, LLC
Email: ssoper@ku.edu
Assistant: Lindsey Roe - lindseyp@ku.edu


Maggie Witek portraitMalgorzata (Maggie) A. Witek, Ph.D. (BME)
Associate Research Professor, Department of Chemistry, University of Kansas
Associate Research Professor, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine, COBRE
Director, Training and Dissemination program, Center of BioModular Multiscale Systems for Precision Medicine
Adjunct Assistant Research Professor, Department of Biomedical Engineering, The University of North Carolina
Email: mwitek@ku.edu
Assistant: Melissa Robinso-Winemiller - mrbobinson-winemiller@kumc.edu

Pathology Pilot

Fariba Behbod portraitFariba Behbod, PharmD, PhD
Professor, Division of Cancer and Developmental Biology, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine
E-mail: fbehbod@kumc.edu


Harsh Pathak portraitHarsh Pathak, Ph.D. (BBV Core)
Research Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
Director, Biomarker Discovery Lab
Co-Director, Kansas Institute for Precision Medicine COBRE BBV Core
Email: hpathak@kumc.edu


KU Cancer Center Pathology Pilot

Liang Xu portrait

Liang Xu, M.D., Ph.D.
Professor of Cancer Biology
Department of Molecular Biosciences
University of Kansas
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Kansas Cancer Center
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Director, Experimental and Preclinical Imaging Core
Director, Biological Irradiation Core
3177 ISB
1567 Irving Hill Road
Lawrence, KS  66045
Tel: 785-864-6319
Email: xul@ku.edu
Website: http://www.molecularbiosciences.ku.edu/liang-xu
http://scholar.google.com/citations?user=MBAmAvMAAAAJ


Previous Recipients:

  • Shane Stecklein, MD, Ph.D
  • Priyanka Sharma, M.D.

No current recipient


Previous Recipients:

  • Jill Morris, Ph.D.

Francisco Diaz portraitFrancisco J. Diaz, Ph.D. (Mentor to Dr. Bantis)
Associate Professor, Department of Biostatistics & Data Science, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Email: fdiaz@kumc.edu


Liskin Swint-Kruse portraitLiskin Swint-Kruse, Ph.D. (Mentor to Dr. Bantis)
Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Email: lswint-kruse@kumc.edu


Ed Ellerbeck portraitEdward Ellerbeck, M.D., MPH (Mentor to Dr. Ellis)
Chair, Department of Population Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Email: eellerbe@kumc.edu
Assistant: Marilyn Painter, mpainter@kumc.edu


Elizabeth Wulff-Burchfield portraitElizabeth Wulff-Burchfield, M.D. (Mentor to Dr. Ellis)
Assistant Professor of Internal Medicine, Divisions of Medical Oncology and Palliative Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Email: ewulffburchfield@kumc.edu
Assistant: Cheryl Jacobsen, cjacobsen@kumc.edu


Mara BeckerMara L. Beck, M.D., MSCE, (Mentor to Dr. Funk)
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Duke University School of Medicine
Email: mara.becker@duke.edu


Teruna SiahaanTeruna J. Siahaan, Ph.D. (Mentor to Dr. Funk)
Aya & Takeru Higuschi Distinguished Professor
Associate Chair, Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry
Director, Center for Global Health & Research, University of Knasas School of Pharmacy
Email: siahaan@ku.edu


Joaquina Baranda portraitJoaquina C. Baranda, M.D. (Mentor to Dr. Gan)
Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Medical Oncology, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Medical Director, Early Phase Program
Email: Jbaranda@kumc.edu
Assistant: Kelly Vandiver, kvandiver@kumc.edu


Sufi Thomas portraitSufi Thomas, Ph.D. (Mentor to Dr. Gan)
Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Cancer Biology Program Co-Leader, The University of Kansas Cancer Center
Email: sthomas7@kumc.edu
Assistant: Jaci Blancarte, jbossow@kumc.edu


Navneet Dhillon portraitNavneet Dhillon, Ph.D. (Mentor to Dr. Polineni)
Professor of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Email: ndhillon@kumc.edu


Matthias Salathe portraitMatthias Salathe, M.D. (Mentor to Dr. Polineni)
Peter T. Bohan Professor and Chair, Department of Internal Medicine
Associate Director, Adult Cystic Fibrosis Center, The University of Kansas Health System
Email: msalathe@kumc.edu


Steven Weinman portraitSteven A. Weinman, M.D., Ph.D. (Mentor to Dr. Polineni)
Professor and Vice-Chair for Research, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Director, Liver Center
Email: sweinman@kumc.edu
Assistant: Erin Dunn, edunn@kumc.edu

Dale Abrahamson portraitDale R. Abrahamson, Ph.D.
University Distinguished Professor
Chair, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Director, Molecular Regulation of Cell Development and Differentiation Phase III COBRE
Email: dabrahamson@kumc.edu


Mario Castro portraitMario Castro, M.D., M.P.H.
Professor of Medicine
Chief, Pulmonary, Critical Care and Sleep Medicine
Vice-Chair for Clinical and Translational Research
Director, Frontiers: Univ Kansas Clinical & Translational Science Institute
Director, Rainbow Clinical Trials Science Unit
Email: mcastro2@kumc.edu


Dianne Durham, Ph.D. portraitDianne Durham, Ph.D.
Professor, Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery
Senior Associate Dean, Faculty Affairs and Development
University of Kansas School of Medicine
Email: ddurham@kumc.edu


Ed Ellerbeck portraitEdward Ellerbeck, M.D., MPH (Mentor to Dr. Ellis)
Chair, Department of Population Health, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Email: eellerbe@kumc.edu
Assistant: Marilyn Painter, mpainter@kumc.edu


Hartmut Jaeschke portraitHartmut Jaeschke, Ph.D.
Professor and Chair, Department of Pharmacology, Toxicology & Therapeutics, University of Kansas School of Medicine
Email: hjaeschke@kumc.edu