Pelotonia Fellowship Committee and Leadership


The Pelotonia Fellowship Committee is chaired by Joanna Groden, PhD. 

The committee is made up of some of Ohio State’s most well-known cancer researchers. This committee meets several times per year to review all applications and make all major program decisions. They represent departments as diverse as Molecular Genetics and Internal Medicine to Psychology and Human Nutrition.

Deborah Parris, PhD, moderates the postdoctoral reviews, assuring the reviews are fair, rigorous and unbiased.

Committee Members

Sharon Amacher, PhD

Department of Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology

College of Arts and Sciences


Barbara AndersenBarbara Andersen, PhD

Department of Psychology 

College of Arts and Sciences



Irina Artsimovitch, PhD

Department of Microbiology

College of Arts and Sciences


Robert_Baiocchi_ImageRobert Baiocchi, MD, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine

College of Medicine



Charles Bell, PhD

Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology

College of Medicine


Martha_Belury_ImageMartha Belury, PhD

Department of Human Sciences

College of Education & Human Ecology



Theodore_Brasky_ImageTheodore Brasky, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine

College of Medicine



Ralf Bundschuh, PhD

Department of Physics

College of Arts and Sciences


John ByrdJohn Byrd, MD

Department of Hematology

College of Medicine



WilliamCarson IIIImageBill Carson, MD

Department of Surgical Oncology

College of Surgery



Carlos_Castro_ImageCarlos Castro, PhD

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

College of Engineering



Helen Chamberlin, PhD

Department of Molecular Genetics Admin

College of Arts and Sciences


Dawn_Chandler_ImageDawn Chandler, PhD

Department of Pediatrics

College of Medicine



David_Cohn_ImageDavid Cohn, MD

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

College of Medicine



Susan Cole, PhD

Department of Molecular Genetics

College of Arts and Sciences


Vincenzo_Coppola_ImageVincenzo Coppola, MD

Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics

College of Medicine



James Cowan, PhD

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

College of Arts and Sciences


Timothy_Cripe_ImageTimothy Cripe, MD, PhD

Department of Pediatrics

College of Medicine



Nicholas_Denko_ImageNicholas Denko, MD, PhD

Department of Radiation Oncology

College of Medicine



Harold Fisk, PhD

Department of Molecular Genetics

College of Arts and Sciences


Michael Freitas, PhD

Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics

College of Medicine


Ramesh_Ganju_ImageRamesh Ganju, PhD

Department of Pathology

College of Medicine



Ramiro_Garzon_ImageRamiro Garzon, MD

Department of Internal Medicine

College of Medicine



Samir Ghadiali, PhD, MS

Department of Biomedical Engineering

College of Engineering


H_Grimes_ImageLee Grimes, PhD

Department of Pediatrics

College of Medicine, University of Cincinnati



Joanna_Groden_ImageJoanna Groden, PhD

Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics

College of Medicine



Erich_Grotewold_ImageErich Grotewold, PhD

Department of Molecular Genetics

College of Arts and Sciences



Denis Guttridge, PhD

Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics

College of Medicine


Tsonwin_Hai_ImageTsonwin Hai, PhD

Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology

College of Medicine



Paul Herman, PhD

Department of Molecular Genetics

College of Arts and Sciences


F KayHuebnerImageKay Huebner, PhD

Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics

College of Medicine



Mira_Katz_ImageMira Katz, PhD

Department of Health Behavior and Health Promotion

College of Public Health



Balveen_Kaur_ImageBalveen Kaur, PhD

Department of Neurological Surgery

College of Medicine



Janice_KiecoltGlaser_ImageJanice Kiecolt-Glaser, PhD

Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health

College of Medicine



Thomas LudwigThomas Ludwig, PhD

Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics

College of Medicine



Sarmila Majumder, PhD

Department of Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry and Cellular Biochemistry

College of Medicine


Karin Musier-Forsyth, PhD

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

College of Arts and Sciences


Natarajan MuthusamyNatarajan Muthusamy, DVM, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine

College of Medicine



Michelle Naughton, PhD

Department of Internal Pedicine

College of Medicine


Stephen Osmani, PhD

Department of Molecular Genetics

College of Arts and Sciences


Gregory OttersonGreg Otterson, MD

Department of Internal Medicine

College of Medicine



Deborah Parris, PhD

Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics

College of Medicine


Jeffrey ParvinJeffrey Parvin, MD, PhD

Department of Biomedical Informatics

College of Medicine



Electra PaskettElectra Paskett, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine

College of Medicine



Matthew RingelMatthew Ringel, MD

Department of Internal Medicine

College of Medicine



Sameek RoychowdhurySameek Raychowdhury, MD, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine

College of Medicine



Deepa Sampath, MD

Department of Internal Medicine

College of Medicine


Daniel SchoenbergDan Schoenberg, PhD

Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology

College of Medicine



Amanda Simcox, PhD

Department of Molecular Genetics

College of Arts and Sciences


Keith Slotkin, PhD

Department of Molecular Genetics

College of Arts and Sciences


Daniel StarczynowskiDaniel Starczynowski, PhD

Department of Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology

University of Cincinnati



Adrian Suarez, MD

Department of Pathology

College of Medicine


Vish SubramaniamVish Subramaniam, PhD

Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

College of Engineering



Zucai Suo, PhD

Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry

College of Arts and Sciences


Amanda TolandAmanda Toland, PhD

Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics

College of Medicine



Michael TweedleMichael Tweedle, PhD

Department of Radiology

College of Medicine



Mary Ellen WewersMary Ellen Wewers, RN, PhD, MPH

Department of Health Behaviors and Health Promotion

College of Public Health



Robin Wharton, PhD

Department of Molecular Genetics

College of Arts and Sciences


Jessica Winter, PhD

Department of Chemical and Biochemical Engineering

College of Engineering


Jian-Qiu Wu, PhD

Department of Molecular Genetics

College of Arts and Sciences


Jianhua YuJianhua Yu, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine

College of Medicine



Senior Program Moderator

Deborah Parris, PhD

Professor Emeritus, College of Medicine

Department of Molecular Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics


Internal Advisors

Electra PaskettElectra Paskett, PhD

Cancer Control Research Program Co-Leader




Mary Ellen WewersMary Ellen Wewers, RN, PhD, MPH

Cancer Control Research Program Co-Leader



John ByrdJohn Byrd, MD

Leukemia Research Program Co-Leader




Michael_Grever_ImageMichael Grever, MD

Leukemia Research Program Co-Leader




Michael Ostrowski, PhD

Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics Research Program Co-Leader


Matthew RingelMatt Ringel, MD

Molecular Biology and Cancer Genetics Research Program Co-Leader




Steven_Clinton_ImageSteven Clinton, MD, PhD

Molecular Carcinogenesis and Chemoprevention Research Program Leader




David_Carbone_ImageDavid Carbone, MD, PhD

Translational Therapeutics Research Program Co-Leader




Denis Guttridge, PhD

Translational Therapeutics Research Program Co-Leader


Michael_Caligiuri_ImageMichael A. Caligiuri, MD

Director, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center and CEO, James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute




Peter ShieldsPeter Shields, MD

Deputy Director, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center – James Cancer Hospital and Solove Research Institute




External Advisors: Symposia Speakers

2016


Shelly Berger, PhD Daniel S. Och University Professor

Director, Epigenetics Programs

University of Pennsylvania

TOPIC: Epigenetics Dysregulation in Senescence, Aging and Cancer


Valerie Weaver, PhD

Professor and Director, Center for Bioengineering and Tissue Regeneration

Director, Center for Human Immunology and Immunotherapy Programs

Co-Director Bay Area Center for Physical Sciences and Oncology

University of California, San Francisco

TOPIC: Forcing Form and Function


2015


Frank McCormick, PhD, FRS, DSc (Hon)

Professor Emeritus, UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

David A. Wood Distinguished Professorship of Tumor Biology and Cancer Research


Brenda Schulman, PhD

Joseph Simone Chair in Basic Research

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


Philip Tsichlis, MD

Professor of Stem Cell Research

Blizard Institute


2014


Carlos Arteaga, MD

Professor of Medicine & Cancer Biology

Director Breast Cancer Program

Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center


David Beach, PhD, FRS

Professor of Stem Cell Research

Blizard Institute


Guillermina (Gigi) Lozano, PhD

Chair and Professor

Department of Genetics

U.T. MD Anderson Cancer Center


2013


Stephen Elledge, PhD

Department of Genetics

Harvard Medical School


Michele Pagano, MD, PhD

New York University School of Medicine

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Jon Aster, MD, PhD

Department of Pathology

Brigham and Women’s Hospital

Harvard Medical School


2012


Charles J. Sherr, MD, PhD

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Faculty

Chair, Tumor Cell Biology

Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute


Martine F. Roussel, PhD

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital Faculty

Endowed Chair in Molecular Oncogenesis

The University of Tennessee Memphis


David E. Fisher, MD, PhD

Chief, Department of Dermatology

Massachusetts General Hospital

Harvard Medical School


2011


Ross Levine, MD

Geoffrey Beene Junior Faculty Chair

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


John H. J. Petrini, PhD

Paul A. Marks Chair of Molecular Cell Biology

Head, Laboratory of Chromosome Biology

Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center


Judith Campisi, PhD

Professor, Buck Institute for Age Research Sr Scientist

Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory

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