Program 2: Experimental Therapeutics (ET)

The experimental therapeutics program focuses on:

  • Therapeutic targets and lead discovery
  • Novel drug delivery approaches
  • Clinical therapeutics

Program Leader: Aliasger K. Salem, PhD, professor, Pharmaceutics

Program Co-Leader: Bryan Allen, MD, PhD, assistant professor, Radiation Oncology

Program Members

Bryan G. Allen, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Radiation Oncology

Zuhair K. Ballas, MD

  • Professor
  • Department: Radiation Oncology

Andrew M. Bellizzi, MD

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Department: Pathology

Daniel J. Berg, MD

  • Co-Leader Gastrointestinal Neuroendocrine MOG
  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Charles M. Brenner, PhD

  • Professor and Chair
  • Department: Biochemistry

James A. Brown, MD

  • Professor
  • Department: Urology

Marisa R. Buchakjian, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Otolaryngology, Physiology and Biophysics

David L. Bushnell, Jr., MD

  • Professor
  • Department: Radiology

Thomas H. Carter, MD, PhD

  • Co-Leader of the Leukemia MOG
  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Joseph M. Caster, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Radiation Oncology

Gerald H. Clamon, MD

  • Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Donghai Dai, MD, PhD

  • Visiting Associate Professor
  • Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Kris A. DeMali, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Biochemistry

Joseph S. Dillon, MD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Michael W. Duffel, PhD

  • Professor
  • College of Pharmacy Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Programs
  • Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics

Umar Farooq, MD

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Muhammad Furqan, MD

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Rohan Garje, MBBS

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Katherine Gibson-Corley, DVM, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Comparative Pathology Laboratory Director
  • Department: Director, Comparative Pathology Laboratory, Pathology

Michael J. Goodheart, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Wade R. Gutierrez

  • Medical Scientist Training Program (MD/PhD) Trainee
  • Department: Biology

Donna L. Hammond, PhD

  • Roy J. and Lucille A. Carver College of Medicine Executive Associate Dean and Vice Dean for Academic Affairs
  • Professor
  • Department: Professor, Anesthesia

Taher Abu Hejleh, MBBS, MS

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Michael D. Henry, PhD

  • Professor
  • Deputy Director for Research for Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Department: Molecular Physiology and Biophysics

Henry T. Hoffman, MD

  • Professor
  • Department: Otolaryngology

Hisakazu Hoshi, MD

  • Co-Leader Melanoma MOG
  • Associate Deputy Director for Clinical Cancer Services for Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Clinical Professor
  • Department: Surgery

M. Nedim N. Ince, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Marina Ivanovic, MD

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center Director of Thoracic Pathology
  • Department: Pathology

Yogesh S. Jethava, MBBS, FACP

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Zhendong Jin, PhD

  • Professor
  • Department: Medicinal and Natural Products

Nitin J. Karandikar, MD, PhD

  • Professor
  • Chair
  • Department: Pathology

Mark W. Karwal, MD

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Robert J. Kerns, PhD

  • Professor
  • Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics Department Chair
  • Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences and Experimental Therapeutics

Amnon Kohen, DSc

  • Professor
  • Department: Chemistry

Douglas E. Laux, MD, MS

  • Co-Leader of the Head and Neck Cancer MOG
  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Caitlin D. Lemke-Miltner, PhD

  • Assistant Research Scientist
  • Department: Cancer Center

Kimberly K. Leslie, MD

  • Associate Director of Translational Research for Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Professor and Chair of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Vincent Liu, MD, FAAD

  • Clinical Professor
  • Department: Dermatology, Pathology

David M. Lubaroff, PhD

  • Professor Emeritus
  • Department: Microbiology, Urology

Yi Luo, MD, PhD

  • Associate Professor
  • Department: Urology

Laurel J. Lyckholm, MD

  • Clinical Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Margarida Magalhaes-Silverman, MD

  • Clinical Professor
  • Director of the Blood and Marrow Transplant Program
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Xiangbing Meng, PhD

  • Research Associate Professor
  • Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Mohammed M. Milhem, MBBS

  • Holden Chair of Experimental Therapeutics
  • Deputy Director for Clinical Research and Clinical Services at the Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Director of the Melanoma Program
  • Chief Section of Oncology, Department of Internal Medicine
  • Clinical Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Arunkumar J. Modi, MBBS, MPH

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Department: Pediatrics

Varun Monga, MBBS

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Craig Morita, MD, PhD

  • Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Michael O'Donnell, MD

  • Professor
  • Department: Urology

Oana Valeria Paun, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Alan Reed, MD, MBA

  • Professor
  • Department: Surgery

Kevin G. Rice, PhD

  • Professor
  • Department: Medicinal and Natural Products

Robert A. Robinson, MD

  • Professor
  • Department: Pathology

David L. Roman, PhD

  • College of Pharmacy Associate Professor
  • Department: Medicinal and Natural Products

Shakoora Sabree

  • Graduate Research Assistant
  • Department: Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP)

Aliasger K. Salem, PhD

  • Professor
  • Department: Pharmaceutics

Annette J. Schlueter, MD, PhD

  • Clinical Professor
  • Department: Pathology

Saima Sharif, MD, MS

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Joel Shilyansky, MD

  • Professor
  • Robert and Hélène Soper Chair of Pediatric Surgery
  • Surgeon-in-Chief
  • Department: Pediatrics, Surgery

Laura L. Stunz, PhD

  • Associate Research Scientist
  • Department: Microbiology

Sonia Sugg, MD

  • Clinical Professor
  • Medical Director of the Breast Health Center
  • Co-Leader of the Breast MOG
  • Department: Surgery

Fatima Toor, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Electrical and Computer Engineering, Physics and Astronomy

Carlos E. Vigil, MD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Ronald Weigel, MD, PhD, MBA

  • Professor
  • Department Chair
  • Department: Surgery

George J. Weiner, MD

  • Director for Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Professor
  • Department: Holden Comprehensive Cancer Center, Internal Medicine

David F. Wiemer, PhD

  • Professor
  • Department: Chemistry

Meng Wu, PhD

  • Adjunct Assistant Professor
  • Department: Director, High Throughput Screening Core, Pharmacy, Biochemistry

Shujie Yang, PhD

  • Research Assistant Professor
  • Department: Obstetrics and Gynecology

Yousef Zakharia, MD

  • Clinical Associate Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Fenghuang (Frank) Zhan, MD, PhD

  • Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Jun Zhang, MD, PhD

  • Clinical Assistant Professor
  • Department: Internal Medicine

Chen Zhao, MD, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Department: Pathology