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Third Year Fellows

Madhav Vissa MD

Residency: Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Pittsburgh, PA.

Clinical Interests: Adolescent and Young Adult sickle cell disease, thrombosis and hemostasis, transition of care for pediatric patients with chronic hematologic conditions into adult care

Fellowship Research: Clinical and laboratory biomarkers that correlate with disease severity in sickle cell anemia. In particular, I am collecting patient samples and clinical data as well as working in the lab of Dr. Frans Kuypers at Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute (CHORI) to develop a sensitive assay for free heme and investigate the role of haptoglobin, hemopexin and other biomarkers that may contribute to further understanding of pathophysiology of sickle cell disease and potentially identify therapeutic targets. I am also working with a team to develop consensus guidelines in the care of patients with sickle cell disease.

Nura El-Haj, MD

Residency: Internal Medicine/Pediatrics, Baystate Medical Center/Tufts University, UMMS, Springfield, MA.

Clinical Interests: Cancer survivorship, late effects, transition of care, adolescent young adults, hemostasis and thrombosis. .

Fellowship Research: My research, under the mentorship of Dr. Deanna Kroetz, Ph.D. at UCSF, explores the molecular mechanisms underlying chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN). My research incorporates genome-wide association studies and RNA sequencing data to investigate targetable pathways involved in CPIN. By utilizing human induced pluripotent stem cells differentiated into peripheral sensory neurons, I aim to explore these mechanisms in a cellular model representative of human toxicity. My work focuses specifically on the role of phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K) signaling in taxane induced sensory peripheral neuropathy to encourage the development of therapeutic or preventive neuroprotective strategies, thereby improving clinical outcomes.

Second Year Fellows

Lauren Ferrerosa, MD

Residency: Pediatrics, University Hospitals - Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio.

Clinical Interests: Oncology, in particular treatments for refractory or relapsed disease, Neuro-Oncology. I will be working in the lab of Hideho Okada, MD, PhD at UCSF exploring immunogenicity in brain tumors. .

Schuyler Tong, MD

Residency: Pediatrics, UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital-Oakland.

Clinical Interests: Pharmacogenomics, Immunotherapy. I will be working in the lab of Joseph Shieh, MD, PhD at UCSF exploring my interests in genetics, bioinformatics, and disease modulation.

 

First Year Fellows

Stephen M. Smith, DO

Residency: Pediatrics, University of Nevada Las Vegas, NV.

Clinical Interests: Syndromes with inherited predisposition to childhood cancers, disorders of coagulation, and transplantation of bone marrow & stem cells. .

Adam Gasser, MD, PhD

Residency: Pediatrics, University of Louisville, KY.

Clinical Interests: Tumor immunology, cancer immunotherapy, drug design and delivery.

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