K12 Scholars/Graduates


William Curry
Year of Entry:
2004
Degree/Institution: MD from Cornell
Title of Research Project or Topic:
Antitumor Immunity in Patients with Malignant Glioma
Current Position & Institution: Associate Professor, Neurosurgery, MGH
Testimonial: The K12 program set the stage very significantly for almost every component of my career in clinical and translational research.  The skills that I acquired via the didactic clinical research training program have made me a stronger researcher and have significantly enhanced my ability to design and interpret clinical studies.  Most importantly the two years of protected and mentored time created the foundation for the clinical and preclinical work in brain tumor immunology that I have accomplished to date and continue to pursue.  The opportunity and the time to really “dig in” in that specialized environment made all the difference.


Santosh Kesari
Year of Entry:
2004
Degree/Institution:
MD-PhD from Univ. of Penn.
Title of Research Project or Topic: 
Clinical Research Training Program in Neuro-Oncology
Current Position and Institution: Chair, Department of Translational Neuro-Oncology and Neurotherapeutics; Professor of Neurosciences, John Wayne Cancer Institute; Director of Neuro-Oncology, Providence Saint John’s Health Center; Member, Los Angeles Biomedical Research Institute 


Helen Shih
Year of Entry:
2005 
Degree/Institution:
MD from Univ. of Penn.
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
(1) Proton radiation for CNS tumors, (2) Translational radiation development in treatment planning optimization & verification of proton therapy delivery
Current Position and Institution: 
Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Massachusetts General Hospital
Testimonial: The K12 program provided me with the opportunity to jump start my career in a structured academic environment with a combination of identified mentors, research interests, with parallel clinical responsibilities and classroom enrichments. It enabled me to pursue a MPH which has provided a valuable foundation to understanding and leading clinical research with a more critical and trained eye. My mentored research studies have developed into fruitful clinical and translational projects and publications which have led to further ongoing investigational opportunities.


Milan Chheda
Year of Entry: 
2006 
Degree/Institution: 
MD from Albert Einstein College of Medicine
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Functional Genomics of Glioblastoma
Current Position and Institution: 
Assistant Professor, Division of Medical Oncology,  Department of Medicine, Washington University School of Medicine
Testimonial: The K12 enabled me the time, funding, and freedom to ask the questions and acquire the data that has formed the basis of my own independent laboratory. The mentorship from William Hahn, my laboratory PI, and Tracy Batchelor and Robert Martuza, PIs of the K12, was instrumental in my career development.


Samuel Blackman
Year of Entry: 
2006 
Degree/Institution: 
MD-PhD from University of Illinois at Chicago
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Role of sonic hedgehog in high grade glioma biology
Current Position and Institution: 
Senior Medical Director, Juno Therapeutics Inc, Seattle WA (June 2014-present)



Andrew Chi
Year of Entry: 
2007 
Degree/Institution: 
MD-PhD from Chicago Medical School
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Epigenomic Profiling of Glioblastoma Stem Cells
Current Position and Institution: 
Chief, Neuro-Oncology Division, Laura and Isaac Perlmutter Cancer Center; Co-Director, NYU Langone Brain Tumor Center


Clark Chen
Year of Entry: 
2008 
Degree/Institution: 
MD-PhD from Harvard Medical School
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Targeting Oncogenic Stress in Glioblastomas
Current Position and Institution: 
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery and Vice Chair, Department of Neurosurgery; University of California, San Diego



Jorg Dietrich
Year of Entry: 
2009 
Degree/Institution: 
MD-PhD from Regensburg, Giessen, London
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Brain tumor microenvironment and biomarkers of treatment response
Current Position and Institution: 
Assistant Professor; Dept. Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital



Elizabeth Gerstner
Year of Entry: 
2007 
Degree/Institution: 
MD from Columbia University
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Evaluation of anti-angiogenic therapy in glioblastoma
Current Position and Institution: 
Assistant Professor, Dept. Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital



Eudocia Quant Lee
Year of Entry: 
2008 
Degree/Institution: 
MD from Washington University
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Comprehensive clinical and pathological analysis of correlates of survival in a matched case-control study of patients with glioblastoma
Current Position and Institution: 
Assistant Professor, Dept of Neurology, Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women's Cancer Center


Christine Lu-Emerson
Year of Entry: 
2010 
Degree/Institution: 
MD from University of Washington
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Cellular and Molecular Biomarkers of Glioblastoma Resistance to Anti-angiogenic Therapy in Humans
Current Position and Institution: 
Clinical Assistant Professor of Neurology, Maine Medical Center/ Tufts University



Fawn Leigh
Year of Entry: 
2009 
Degree/Institution: 
MD from University of Chicago
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Genetic Modifiers-NF1 tumor burden
Current Position and Institution: 
Instructor, Dept of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital




Priscila Brastianos
Year of Entry:
2010 
Degree/Institution: 
MD from John Hopkins
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Genomic Characterization of Brain Metastases
Current Position and Institution: 
Director of Brain Metastasis Program and Instructor, Massachusetts General Hospital
Testimonial: The K12 training grant provided me with phenomenal training opportunities at an early stage in my career. Importantly, I was able to bring together a team of mentors and collaborators to study a challenging clinical problem in cancer, that of brain metastases. We made some key scientific discoveries that are being translated to clinical care.


Matija Snuderl
Year of Entry: 
2011 
Degree/Institution: 
MD from Charles University, Prague
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Investigating the role of Placental Growth Factor (PlGF) in Biology of Medulloblastoma
Current Position and Institution: 
Assistant Professor, Department of Pathology and Neurology, New York University School of Medicine



Mikael Rinne
Year of Entry: 
2011 
Degree/Institution: 
MD-PhD from Indiana University
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Identifying novel genetic dependencies associated with PTEN loss in glioblastoma
Current Position and Institution: 
Instructor in Neurology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute



Brian Nahed
Year of Entry: 
2012 
Degree/Institution: 
MD from Yale, MSc from Harvard School of Public Health
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Identification of Circulating Tumor Cells in Glioblastoma Patients
Current Position and Institution: 
Assistant Professor of Neurosurgery, Massachusetts General Hospital



Jennie Taylor
Year of Entry: 
2012 
Degree/Institution: 
MD from University of Kentucky, MPH from Harvard School of Public Health
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Molecular mechanisms of resistance to anti-angiogenic therapy in malignant gliomas
Current Position and Institution: 
Assistant Professor Neurology and Neurosurgery, University of California, San Francisco



Soma Sengupta
Year of Entry: 
2013 
Degree/Institution: 
MD-PhD from Cambridge University, UK
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Elucidating Signaling Pathways for GABA-A Receptor Alpha5 in an Aggressive Subtype of Medulloblastomas
Current Position and Institution: 
Assistant Professor at Emory University, Georgia



Isabel Arrillaga-Romany
Year of Entry: 
2013 
Degree/Institution: 
MD-PhD from Tufts University
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Chemotherapy-induced cognitive and brain imagining changes in older adults with breast cancer
Current Position and Institution: 
Instructor, Dept Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital



Justin Jordan
Year of Entry: 
2014 
Degree/Institution: 
MD from UT Southwestern Medical Center
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Somatic Mutations Promoting Tumor Formation in NF2
Current Position and Institution: 
Assistant in Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital; and Instructor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School



Ashley Plant
Year of Entry: 
2014 
Degree/Institution: 
MD from Stanford
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Describing Immune landscape of pediatric brain tumors
Current Position and Institution: 
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow, Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center 



Martha Neagu
Year of Entry: 
2015 
Degree/Institution: 
MD-PhD from Columbia
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Elucidating and Overcoming Immune Evasion by Glioblastoma
Current Position and Institution: 
Clinical Neuro-Oncology Fellow (Dept of  Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana Farber, Brigham and Women's Hospital)


Mariella Filbin
Year of Entry: 
2015 
Degree/Institution: 
MD-PhD from Medical University of Graz, Austria
Title of Research Project/Topic: 
Epigenetic dependencies in pediatric high grade glioma and diffuse intrinsic pontine glioma (DIPG)
Current Position and Institution: 
Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow, Dana-Farber/Children's Hospital Cancer Center



Julie Miller
Year of Entry:
2016
Degree/Institution:
MD-PhD from Stanford University
Title of Research Project/Topic: Altered metabolism in IDH mutant glioma
Current Position and Institution: Clinical Neuro-Oncology Fellow (Dept of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital) 



Nancy Wang
Year of Entry:
2016
Degree/Institution:
MD from University of Chicago
Title of Research Project/Topic:
Effects of Wnt inhibition on glioblastoma vasculature
Current Position and Institution: 
Clinical Neuro-Oncology Fellow (Dept of Neurology, Massachusetts General Hospital, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Brigham and Women's Hospital)