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Chris Cho

Years at the Academy: 2007 and 2008
Mentor: Dr. John J. Rossi
Research area: Anti-HIV therapeutics using the RNA interference cellular pathway
School while in the Academy: Yale University, B.S./M.S. in Biology, Class of 2012
Current education: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, M.D./Ph.D. program, 1st year


 
 

Adam He

Years at the Academy: 2012 and 2013
Mentor: Dr. Karen Aboody
Research area: Hydrogel-based delivery systems for therapeutic neural stem cells
School while in the Academy: Shanghai Community International School, China
Current education: Freshman at Pomona College
 
 
 

Vaishnavi Balendiran

Years at the Academy: 2011
Mentor: Dr. Marcia Miller
Research area: Identify polymorphisms between MHC haplotypes in chicken and understand the effects of these polymorphisms on binding groove and CD8 interactions, as well as on the function of the YF1 MHC molecule.
School while in the Academy: Arcadia High School, Arcadia, CA.
Current education: Undergraduate portion of six-year accelerated combined B.S./M.D.  program at NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University) – Undergraduate Education is currently being completed at Youngstown State University, Ohio.
 
 


 
 

Academy Alumni

Academy Alumni

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Chris Cho

Years at the Academy: 2007 and 2008
Mentor: Dr. John J. Rossi
Research area: Anti-HIV therapeutics using the RNA interference cellular pathway
School while in the Academy: Yale University, B.S./M.S. in Biology, Class of 2012
Current education: Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, M.D./Ph.D. program, 1st year


 
 

Adam He

Years at the Academy: 2012 and 2013
Mentor: Dr. Karen Aboody
Research area: Hydrogel-based delivery systems for therapeutic neural stem cells
School while in the Academy: Shanghai Community International School, China
Current education: Freshman at Pomona College
 
 
 

Vaishnavi Balendiran

Years at the Academy: 2011
Mentor: Dr. Marcia Miller
Research area: Identify polymorphisms between MHC haplotypes in chicken and understand the effects of these polymorphisms on binding groove and CD8 interactions, as well as on the function of the YF1 MHC molecule.
School while in the Academy: Arcadia High School, Arcadia, CA.
Current education: Undergraduate portion of six-year accelerated combined B.S./M.D.  program at NEOMED (Northeast Ohio Medical University) – Undergraduate Education is currently being completed at Youngstown State University, Ohio.
 
 


 
 
Education and Training
As one of only a select few National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers in the country, City of Hope integrates all aspects of cancer research, treatment and education. We offer a range of programs serving students, post-doctoral trainees, health and medical professionals.

City of Hope’s Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences equips students with the skills and strategies to transform the future of modern medicine.
City of Hope has a long-standing commitment to Continuing Medical Education (CME), sharing advances in cancer research and treatment with the health-care community through CME courses such as conferences, symposia and other on and off campus CME opportunities for medical professionals.
Local and national conferences, in-depth educational training and a certification program provide both current and aspiring health professionals opportunities to further their knowledge in their fields of interest.
 
 
City of Hope offers a range of programs and services, such as Graduate Medical Education & Clinical Training, that serve students, post-doctoral trainees, medical professionals and staff.
The goal of the Postdoctoral Training Office is to ensure the postdoctoral experience at City of Hope is rewarding and meaningful to all participants.


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