Fellowship Highlights

Ronald Siebenaler

Featured Undergraduate Student

Ronald Siebenaler
Ron received a Pelotonia Undergraduate Fellowship to test novel therapies targeting the effects of two genetic mutations, MLLPTD and FLT3ITD, found in patients with a blood cell cancer called acute myeloid leukemia (AML). Ron has contributed to five publications in prestigious journals including Blood and Leukemia and has received prestigious awards including the American Society of Hematology Trainee Research Award and being named a Barry M. Goldwater Excellence in Education Program Scholar. Ron graduated from The Ohio State University Summa Cum Laude, with Honors Research Distinction in Biomedical Science and is now in the Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) at the University of Michigan Medical School doing genetic cancer research under the guidance of Arul Chinnaiyan MD, PhD.
(Mentor-Michael Caligiuri, MD)

Joelle Fenger

Featured Graduate Student

Joelle Fenger, DVM, PhD
Dr. Fenger received a Pelotonia Graduate Fellowship to investigate the expression and activation of a small regulatory RNA, miR-9, in osteosarcoma, a common form of bone cancer in children and dogs. Dr. Fenger recently received a prestigious National Institutes of Health (NIH) K01 career development training award to continue her cancer research studying the role of miR-9 in normal and malignant mast cell biology and is currently an assistant professor in the department of Veterinary Clinical Science in the College of Veterinary Medicine at The Ohio State University.
(Mentors-William Kisseberth, DVM, PhD & Cheryl London, DVM, PhD)

Shreyas Rao

Featured Graduate Student

Shreyas Rao, PhD
Dr. Rao received a Pelotonia Graduate Fellowship to develop novel, physiologically relevant hyaluronic acid (HA)-based neural hydrogel biomaterials (artificial brain-like substance) to explore the migration behavior of Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) in three dimensional environments. Dr. Rao continued his postdoctoral work at Northwestern University and the University of Michigan and is currently an assistant professor continuing his cancer research at the University of Alabama in the Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering.
(Mentor-Jessica Winter, PhD)

Sigurdis Haraldsdottir

Featured Postdoctoral Fellow

Sigurdis Haraldsdottir, MD
Dr. Haraldsdottir received a Pelotonia Postdoctoral Fellowship to investigate the incidence of Lynch syndrome, an inherited syndrome which increases the risk of several cancers including colorectal, uterine, ovarian, stomach and ureteral, in the population of Iceland. Dr. Haraldsdottir has 12 first author publications in extremely high impact journals like The Lancet and the Journal of Clinical Oncology and is currently continuing her cancer research as an assistant professor at Stanford University in the division of Medical Oncology.
(Mentor-Richard M. Goldberg, MD)

Joseph Markowitz

Featured Postdoctoral Fellow

Joseph Markowitz, MD, PhD
Dr. Markowitz received a Pelotonia Postdoctoral Fellowship to work on a new method to enhance the patient immune response to pancreatic cancer and study new strategies to overcome the inhibitory effects of very powerful immune suppressor cells known as a myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC). Dr. Markowitz has received numerous grants for his cancer research from multiple sponsors including the University of Pennsylvania, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Dr. Markowitz continues his cancer research at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute as an assistant professor in the Morsani College of Medicine at the University of South Florida.
(Mentor-William Carson, MD)

Where are they now?


(38) Currently in Program
Moved on to:
  • (61) Medicine – University of Cincinnati, University of Toledo, University of Michigan, Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine, Wright State University, Duke University, Columbia University
  • (30) Graduate – Yale University, Johns Hopkins, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of North Carolina, University of Michigan, Northwestern University, Rice University, University of Chicago
  • (25) Science related positions – OncoSec Medical Inc., Battelle Memorial Institute, NexTech Materials, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Teach for America
  • (7) Other


(44) Currently in Program
Moved on to:
  • (39) Postdoc – National Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, University of Michigan, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Stanford University, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital
  • (8) Industry & Biotech – Genentech, Novartis, One Medical Group
  • (5) Academics (faculty) – The Ohio State University, University of Alabama, Birla Institute of Technology and Science
  • (3) Other

Medical Students

(0) Currently in Program
Moved on to:
  • (3) PhD programs
  • (1) Residency/Internship program


(14) Currently in Program
Moved on to:
  • (31) Postdoc – Nationwide Children’s Hospital, University of Florida, Washington State University, INRIA Rennes – Bretagne Atlantique Center, Harvard Medical School
  • (4) Industry & Biotech – Claritas Genomics Inc., Octapharma Pharmazeutika Produktionsges
  • (15) Academics (faculty) – The Ohio State University, Stanford University, University of South Florida, University of Prince Edward Island, Tufts University, Beihang University, West Virginia University
  • (2) Other

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