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Cancer Biology Alumni

Nicholas Borcherding, MD, PhD

  • Defense: November 19, 2018  Big Data Analytics and Cancer Biology: Lessons in Taking Science from the Processor to the Patient  
  • Mentor: Weizhou Zhang, MD
  • Awarded MD, PhD in Cancer Biology and Medicine in Spring 2020
  • Current position:  Head of Computational Biology at Omniscope and Consulting Senior Computational Biologist at Santa Ana Bio, Inc. 
  • Previously: Pathology resident at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • Publications


Ajaykumar Vishwakarma, MS, MBA 

  • Mentor: Ali Salem, PhD
  • 2017-2020
  • Current position: Founder, Managing Director, and CEO of Cell Bioengines LLC since 2019
  • Publications


Zhaoming Wang, MSBS, PhD

  • Defense: June 17, 2021  Antibody Therapy and the Tumor Microenvironment
  • Mentor: George Weiner, MD
  • Awarded PhD in Cancer Biology in Summer 2021
  • Current position: Physician-Scientist at ZhongShan Hospital, Fudan University in Shanghai, China.   
  • Previously: Attending physician at Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center.
  • Publications


Devon Moose, PhD

  • Defense: November 12, 2021   The Influence of Hemodynamic Shear Stress on Circulating Tumor Cells
  • Mentor:  Michael Henry, PhD
  • Awarded PhD in Cancer Biology in Fall 2021
  • Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar in Dr. Sean Morrison’s lab at University of Texas: Southwestern Medical Center
  • Publications


Eliot Zhu, MD, PhD

  • Defense:  January 7, 2022   Modeling therapy resistance to targeted BRAF inhibition in cutaneous melanoma
  • Mentor: Adam Dupuy, PhD
  • Awarded MD, PhD in Cancer Biology and Medicine in Spring 2023
  • Current position: Resident at University of Texas - Southwestern Medical Center
  • Publications


Keith Garcia, PhD

  • Defense: July 7, 2022    TAZ and YAP dysregulation in sarcomas
  • Mentor: Munir Tanas, MD
  • Awarded PhD in Cancer Biology in Summer 2022
  • Current position: Postdoctoral Scholar in Dr. Ashby Morrison's lab at Stanford University
  • Publications


Wade Gutierrez

  • Defense: October 17, 2022  Elucidating the Mechanism of a Novel Chemotherapy Regimen for Soft Tissue Sarcomas
  • Mentor: Rebecca Dodd, PhD
  • Current position: Completing medical school, and then will graduate with MD, PhD
  • Publications


Divya Bhat, PhD

  • Defense: April 6, 2023  Therapeutic disruption of RAD52-ssDNA complexation using novel drug like scaffolds
  • Mentor: Maria Spies, PhD 
  • Awarded PhD in Cancer Biology in Spring 2023
  • Current position: Postdoctoral scholar in Dr. Ali Salem's laboratory at the University of Iowa
  • Publications