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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.


NEWS & UPDATES
  • Anyone who tours City of Hope will almost certainly be taken by two key buildings: City of Hope Helford Clinical Research Hospital and the Arnold and Mabel Beckman Center for Cancer Immunotherapeutics & Tumor Immunology. The heart of the campus, in more ways than one, the two buildings are a stone’s t...
  • In June 2012, 28-year-old Emily Bennett Taylor was getting ready to celebrate her second wedding anniversary with her college sweetheart when she discovered that she had Stage 4 lung cancer. Taylor was a former college athlete, had led a healthy and active lifestyle and had never smoked. She quickly began treat...
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  • The connection between lifestyle and cancer is real. Knowing that, what can individuals do to lower their risk? City of Hope physicians recently came together to answer that precise question, explaining the links between cancer and the choices we make that affect our health. Moderator Vijay Trisal M.D., medical...
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  • Stopping cancer starts with research. To that end, STOP CANCER has awarded $525,000 in grants to City of Hope for 2015, supporting innovative research projects and recognizing the institution’s leadership in advancing cancer treatment and prevention. Founded in 1988, STOP CANCER underwrites the work of le...
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  • Eight years ago, Matthew Loscalzo surprised himself by accepting the offer to become City of Hope’s administrative director of the Sheri & Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center and executive director of the Department of Supportive Care Medicine. At the time, he was administrative director of the Sc...
  • The mental fog that patients can experience after undergoing chemotherapy treatment for cancer has a name: “chemo brain.” “Many patients report hearing or reading about chemotherapy-related cognitive deficits, but few are actually prepared to deal with these changes,” said Celina Lemon, M.A., an occupational th...
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