Carson Lab Members

William Carson

William Carson III, MD

Professor, Internal Medicine, College of Medicine

Dr. Carson is a surgical oncologist with clinical interests in breast cancer, melanoma and general cancer surgery. His primary research focus is the immunotherapy of tumors, which can be thought of as using drugs and other treatments to boost the human immune system's innate ability to fight tumor cells. Dr. Carson has a number of active cancer research grants that look at novel immunological approaches to the treatment of advanced malignant melanoma, the most deadly form of skin cancer.

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Robert Wesolowski

Robert Wesolowski, MD

Assistant Professor, Internal Medicine, College of Medicine


  • Undergraduate Institution: Hunter College
  • Medical School: SUNY Downstate Medical Center
  • Residency: Internal Medicine, Cleveland Clinic Foundation
  • Fellowship: Hematology and Oncology, Cleveland Clinic Foundation

Dr. Wesolowski joined the Division of Solid Tumor Oncology in 2010. His research interests include breast cancer immunology, in particular myeloid-derived suppressor cells (MDSC) and early phase trials of experimental therapeutics. MDSC are important inhibitors of anti-tumor immune response. He is studying using MDSC as biomarkers of response to neoadjuvant chemotherapy and recently received a grant supporting this work. He also coordinates phase I solid tumor trials for the Division of Oncology, serves as local principal investigator on several phase I trials and is a member of the Precision Medicine Clinic, where cancer patients will have their tumor DNA sequenced to identify cancers with gene mutations that have commercially available drugs that target these gene mutations. Dr. Wesolowski provides clinical care to women with all stages of invasive breast cancer and sees phase I patients in the Precision Medicine Clinic.

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Debasish Sundi

Debasish Sundi, MD

Assistant Professor, Urology, College of Medicine

Dr. Sundi is a urologic oncologist who provides surgical care to patients with bladder cancer, kidney cancer and prostate cancer. He joined The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center as an assistant professor in the Department of Urology in 2017 after completing urology residency at Johns Hopkins and urologic oncology fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Dr. Sundi's basic science and translational research is focused on improving bladder cancer immunotherapy.

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Zhiwei Hu

Zhiwei Hu, MD, PhD

Research Associate Professor, Surgical Oncology

Dr. Hu joined our team from his position as a research associate professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine. Dr. Hu is one of first few scientists who proposed to target both the tumor cells and tumor neovasculature. For seven years, he served as a scientific advisor for Iconic Therapeutics, a Yale startup biotech company, where he successfully co-invented/developed a novel Icon molecule for dual neovascular- and cancer cell-targeted immunotherapy. As co-inventor, he holds four U.S. patents of Icon and its uses. Icon has been tested for immunotherapy of cancer, aged-related macular degeneration (AMD) and endometriosis in preclinical studies. Icon immunotherapy is currently being tested in phase I clinical trials for AMD patients. Recently, his laboratory developed other targeted therapeutics, namely factor VII (fVII)-targeted photodynamic therapy (fVII-tPDT), using fVII peptides-conjugated photosensitizers for cancer (including chemoresistant cancer) and AMD. He is also the recipient and Principal Investigator of four independent research grants from Komen for the Cure Foundation, Connecticut State Department of Public Health, Breast Cancer Alliance and Swebilius Foundation/Yale Cancer Center.

Dr. Hu is a member of the Yale Cancer Center, American Association for Cancer Research and the American Association of Immunologists. He is an adjunct professor of Sichuan University School of Medicine and Nanchang University School of Medicine in China and serves as Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Analytical & Bioanalytical Techniques, as well as editor and editorial board member of the Journal of Immune Based Therapies, Vaccines and Antimicrobials, Journal of Solid Tumors, Advances in Breast Cancer Research and The Open Journal of Immunology. Additionally, he is a reviewer for peer-reviewed journals in immunology, photomedicine and cancer research.

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Mallory Divincenzo

Mallory Divincenzo, DVM

Postdoctoral Fellow


  • Undergraduate Institution: New York University
  • Veterinary School: Tufts University
  • Residency: Anatomic Pathology, The Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine

Mallory is originally from Hamden, CT and did her undergraduate work at New York University. She graduated in 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry before beginning veterinary school at the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University. During her veterinary training, she developed interests in pathology, oncology and biomedical research, working as a research assistant in the Department of Comparative Pathology at the New England Primate Research Center at Harvard Medical School. She then spent a summer as a research fellow in the Department of Comparative Medicine at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before graduating with her Doctorate in Veterinary Medicine in May 2016. Mallory is currently a resident in the Combined Anatomic Pathology Residency/PhD program in the Department of Veterinary Biosciences at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She joined the Carson Lab as a postdoctoral research fellow under the T32 Oncology Training Program in 2017. Her current research focuses on exploring the role of microRNAs as diagnostic biomarkers and therapeutic targets in melanoma, particularly as an adjunct to current and developing immunotherapies.

Steven Sun

Steven Sun, MD

Postdoctoral Fellow

Steven is originally from Ann Arbor, MI, and obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry and Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis, LA. He then attended medical school at the University of Michigan Medical School, and following graduation, he was matched to a residency in general surgery at The Ohio State University. He has since completed three clinical years of surgery residency before deciding to take dedicated research time. He joined the Carson Lab in 2019 as a postdoctoral research fellow under the T32 ARTIST grant. His current research focuses on targeted inhibition of Bruton’s tyrosine kinase and its effect on myeloid derived suppressor cells.

Brooke Benner

Brooke Benner, BS

Graduate Research Assistant

Brooke grew up in Orrville, a small town in Northeastern Ohio. She attended the University of Mount Union and graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science in Biology with minors in Chemistry and Exercise Science. As an undergraduate, she had the opportunity to intern with the Kidney Project, a project dedicated to creating an artificial kidney to treat end stage renal failure, at the University of California San Francisco. The encouragement and support she found from Dr. Shuvo Roy and his lab is ultimately what inspired her decision to pursue a doctoral degree. After graduation, she moved to Columbus and worked as a research assistant for two years under Dr. Jonathan Godbout studying the lifelong issues associated with traumatic brain injury in the context of chronic neuroinflammation and cognitive decline. As a student in the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, Brooke chose to complete her doctoral research in the Carson Lab. Her current research focuses on inhibition of IL-1B in the tumor microenvironment using tumor associated macrophage depletion strategies such as Bruton’s Tyrosine Kinase inhibitors to impair the NLRP3 inflammasome.

Himanshu Savardekar

Himanshu Savardekar, BS

Research Assistant


  • Hometown: Dublin, Ohio
  • Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University

Ruthann Norman

Ruthann Norman, BS

Lab Manager


  • Hometown: Worthington, Ohio
  • Undergraduate Institution: Miami University

Logan Good

Logan Good

Undergraduate Research Assistant


  • Hometown: Avon Lake, OH
  • Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University

Zoe Barricklow

Zoe Barricklow

Undergraduate Research Assistant


  • Hometown: Sylvania, OH
  • Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University

Gabriella Lapurga

Gabriella Lapurga

Undergraduate Research Assistant


  • Hometown: Chillicothe, Ohio
  • Undergraduate Institution: The Ohio State University

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