Advisory Committee and Mentors

The K12 Advisory Committee is the central policy- and decision-making body of the City of Hope K12 Program. This leadership team selects the scholars, oversees their academic progress and provides input on the curriculum. It is composed of Joanne Mortimer, M.D., and Jonathan Espenschied, M.D., as well as eight K12 advisors (Rowan Chlebowski, M.D., Ph.D., Susan Kane, Ph.D., Matthew Loscalzo, L.C.S.W., Guido Marcucci, M.D., Susan Neuhausen, Ph.D,. Edward Newman, Ph.D., Tim O’Connor, Ph.D. and Tim Synold, Pharm.D).

Each scholar will select both a clinical and a laboratory mentor upon entrance into the program. The Advisory Committee will review each new scholar’s selected mentors and may recommend different or additional mentors based on the scholar’s proposed research proposal, career goals and educational plan. The mentors will work on a daily basis to supervise the scholar’s research program, evaluate his or her progress and serve as role models.
 
 

Advisory Committee Members and Mentors

 
Behnam Badie, M.D. (Mentor to Dan Raz, M.D., M.A.S.)
Vice Chair and Professor, Department of Surgery
Chief, Division of Neurosurgery
Director, Brain Tumor Program
Neurosurgeon
 
Rowan Chlebowski, M.D., Ph.D.
Research Professor, Department of Medical Oncology and Therapeutics Research

John Chan, M.D. (Mentor to Alex Herrera, M.D.)
Dr. Norman & Melinda Payson Professor in Hematologic Cancers
Co-leader, Hematology Malignancies Program, Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor, Department of Pathology
Hematopathologist

Don Diamond, Ph.D. (Mentor to Laleh Melstrom, MD, MS)
Chair and Professor, Department of Experimental Therapeutics

Jonathan Espenschied, M.D.
K12 Curriculum Director
Director, Graduate Medical Education and Clinical Training
Director, Clinical Investigation Training Program

Stephen Forman, M.D. (Mentor to Alex Herrera, M.D.)
Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Chair and Professor, Department of Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Leader, Hematologic Malignancies and Stem Cell Transplantation Institute
Co-leader, Hematologic Malignancies Program
Principal Investigator, Lymphoma SPORE
Director, T Cell Immunotherapy Laboratory
Hematologist/Oncologist

Arti Hurria, M.D. (Mentor to Mina Sedrak, M.D., M.S., and Yuan Yuan, M.D., Ph.D.)
Director, Cancer and Aging Research Program
Co-leader, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program
Professor, Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research and Department of Population Sciences
Medical Oncologist

Susan Kane, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus, Department of Cancer Biology
Director, Science Education Partnership Award Program

Larry Kwak, M.D., Ph.D. (Mentor to Joseph Chao, M.D.)
Dr. Michael Friedman Professor in Translational Medicine
Director, Toni Stephenson Lymphoma Center
Associate Director for Translational Research and Developmental Therapeutics
Professor, Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Hematologist/Oncologist

Matthew Loscalzo, L.C.S.W.
Liliane Elkins Professor in Supportive Care Programs
Executive Director, Department of Supportive Care Medicine
Administrative Director, Sheri and Les Biller Patient and Family Resource Center
Professor, Division of Population Sciences

Guido Marcucci, M.D.
Professor, Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation
Chief, Division of Hematopoietic Stem Cell and Leukemia Research
Director, Gehr Family Center for Leukemia Research
Hematologist/Oncologist

Joanne Mortimer, M.D. (Mentor to Mina Sedrak, M.D., M.S.)
K12 Principal Investigator and Program Director
Baum Family Professor in Women’s Cancers
Vice Chair and Professor, Department of Medical Oncology & Therapeutics Research
Director, Women’s Cancers Program
Associate Director for Affiliate Programs
Breast Cancer Oncologist

Susan Neuhausen, Ph.D. (Mentor to Yuan Yuan, M.D., Ph.D.)
The Morris & Horowitz Families Professor in Cancer Etiology & Outcomes Research
Professor, Department of Population Sciences
Co-leader, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, Comprehensive Cancer Center

Edward Newman, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Cancer Biology
Co-leader, Developmental Cancer Therapeutics Program, Comprehensive Cancer Center
Co-director, Analytical Pharmacology Core

Timothy O’Connor, Ph.D.
Associate Chair and Professor, Department of Cancer Biology

Steven Rosen, M.D. (Mentor to Laleh Melstrom, M.D., M.S.)
Irell & Manella Cancer Center Director’s Distinguished Chair
Director, Beckman Research Institute of City of Hope
Provost and Chief Scientific Officer
Director and Professor, Comprehensive Cancer Center
Professor, Department of Hematology & Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation

Binghui Shen, PhD (Mentor to Dan Raz, M.D., M.A.S.)
Chair and Professor, Department of Cancer Genetics and Epigenetics
Co-leader, Molecular Oncology Program, Comprehensive Cancer center

Timothy Synold, Pharm.D.
Professor, Department of Cancer Biology
Director, Clinical Immunobiology Correlative Studies Laboratory
Co-director, Analytical Pharmacology Core

Emily Wang, Ph.D. (Mentor to Joseph Chao, M.D.)
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology, UC San Diego