Recruitment and Retention

Funds raised by Pelotonia have been committed to recruiting or retaining some of the brightest minds in cancer research. Among those recruited with the help of Pelotonia dollars in 2012 are:

DAVID CARBONE, MD, PHD, an internationally renowned lung cancer authority who will develop and lead a new Thoracic Oncology Center at the OSUCCC – James. The Center will bring together physicians and scientists to develop targeted approaches to treating lung cancer. Carbone is an expert in the molecular genetics of lung tumors, which includes understanding the cells and genetic markers in each patient’s cancer and developing treatments and drugs that target specific tumor cells. He comes to Ohio State from Vanderbilt University, where he was a professor of medicine and cancer biology and directed the Experimental Therapeutics Program, and then the Thoracic and Head and Neck Cancer Program, at the Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center. He also led the Thoracic Oncology Program at Vanderbilt.

PAUL GOODFELLOW, PHD, a professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology and a member of the Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics Program at the OSUCCC – James. Goodfellow’s research focuses on understanding the role that loss of DNA mismatch repair plays in tumor initiation and progression, and on understanding molecular events that can be used to develop approaches to preventing and treating endometrial (uterine) and breast cancers. He was recruited from Siteman Cancer Center, Barnes Jewish Hospital, at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, Mo., where he was professor of surgery, of genetics, and of obstetrics and gynecology. He led a Specialized Program of Research Excellence (SPORE) in Endometrial Cancer and codirected the Hereditary Cancer Core at Siteman Cancer Center. 

SAMEEK ROYCHOWDHURY, MD, PHD, an assistant professor in the Department of Internal Medicine’s Division of Medical Oncology, and also in the School of Biomedical Science’s Department of Pharmacology. Roychowdhury’s clinical research focuses on personalized approaches to patient treatment through genomics. He was recruited from the University of Michigan, where from 2006 until earlier this year he had consecutively completed an internal medicine residency, a clinical fellowship in medical oncology and a postdoctoral fellowship. He had been a clinical lecturer in the Division of Hematology/Oncology at Michigan since 2011. Roychowdhury earned both his MD and his PhD in immunology at Ohio State, where he also received his undergraduate degree in molecular genetics.

In addition, the faculty recruits listed below will be profiled in an upcoming special Pelotonia edition of Frontiers magazine. Watch for it in the spring of 2013.

THEODORE BRASKY, PHD
Assistant Professor, College of Medicine
Recruited from Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

NICHOLAS DENKO, MD, PHD
Associate Professor, Radiation Oncology
Recruited from Stanford University School of Medicine

JOHN HAYS, MD, PHD
Assistant Professor, Medical Oncology
Recruited from the National Cancer Institute

JAY HOLLICK, PHD
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Genetics
Recruited from University of California, Berkeley

THOMAS LUDWIG, PHD
Associate Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Recruited from Institute of Cancer Genetics Columbia University, New York, N.Y.

SUSAN OLIVO-MARSTON, PHD, MPH
Assistant Professor, Epidemiology College of Public Health
Recruited from the National Cancer Institute

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