Sandra Orsulic, PhD
Sandra Orsulic is the Director of Women’s Cancer Biology in the Women’s Cancer Program and Associate Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Cedars-Sinai. She is also an Associate Professor-in-Residence in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Orsulic was Principal Investigator of a research laboratory at Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she also served as Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.
Xiaojiang Cui, PhD
Xiaojiang Cui obtained his doctoral degree in biology from the University of Texas at Austin. His breast cancer-related translational studies began at Baylor College of Medicine Breast Center, where he received his postdoctoral training and used murine models to study the role of insulin-like growth factor signaling in breast cancer development and metastasis. He also investigated the crosstalk between growth factors and progesterone in breast cancer cells. Results from those studies have implications for the treatment of estrogen receptor (+) / progesterone receptor (-) breast cancers and may help explain why progestins in hormone replacement therapy enhance the risk of breast cancer relative to estrogen use alone. In 2007 he joined the John Wayne Cancer Institute as an assistant professor, where he directed the institute’s translational breast cancer research program. In 2011, he moved to the Cedars-Sinai. He has received competitive funding from DOD, NCI, the Komen Foundation, and other agencies to administer and successfully complete research projects on biomarkers and stress signaling pathways in breast cancer development and metastasis.
Ruprecht Wiedemeyer, PhD
Ruprecht Wiedemeyer is a scientist in the Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program. Dr. Wiedemeyer earned his doctorate at the German Cancer Research Institute in Heidelberg, Germany. He completed postdoctoral training at the German Cancer Research Center in Heidelberg, Germany, and at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts.
Christine Walsh MD, MS
Christine Walsh is director of the Gynecologic Oncology Fellowship Program and a gynecologic oncologist and research scientist at the Cedars-Sinai Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.
Hasmik Agadjanian, PhD
Hasmik Agadjanian graduated from Yerevan State University (Armenia) with BS/MS in biophysics/biology (summa cum laude). She earned her PhD in biochemistry from Yerevan State University, Moscow, Russia. She completed her postdoctoral research in the Institute of Experimental Biology of the Armenian National Academy of Sciences, studying biotransformation of proteins and peptides in CNS. After moving to the United States, she taught college biology courses (Union College, NY, and Pepperdine University, CA), as well as continued her research in cancer biology at USC Norris Comprehensive Center. She began working at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in 2003. Her current research includes studying the role of XPG in ovarian cancer response to cisplatin chemotherapy and the role of some oncogenes in collaboration with CyclinE in ovarian cancer initiation. She works primarily with Dr. Christine Walsh.
P-J Aspuria, PhD
P-J Aspuria earned his doctoral degree from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). As a graduate student, he trained with Dr. Fuyuhiko Tamanoi, where his research focused on metabolic pathways. He is interested in the roles of HOXB13 in ovarian cancer progression and mesenchymal cell differentiation. Dr. Aspuria works primarily with Dr. Orsulic.
Jessica Beach, BA, MS
Jessica Beach earned her degrees in cell and molecular biology from California State University, Northridge. As a Master’s student, she trained with Dr. Rheem Medh, where her research focused on the regulation of apoptosis in human lymphoid cells. Jessica is interested in cancer stem cell metabolism and its potential as a therapeutic target. She is a student in the Cedars-Sinai Graduate Program in Biomedical Science and Translational Medicine and works primarily with Dr. Orsulic.
Anthony Braswell, MBA
Tony Braswell is a graduate of Emory University and holds masters degrees from Georgia State University. He is the Program Director for Women’s Cancer Program.
Ellen Cheon, PhD
Ellen Cheonearned her doctoral degree in molecular genetics from the University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. She trained in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Behringer, where she gained extensive experience in mouse embryology and developmental biology. She is interested in the roles of embryonic genes in ovarian cancer development and progression.Dr. Cheon works primarily with Dr. Orsulic.
Joshua Cohen, MD
Joshua Cohen attended medical school at Northwestern University and completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of California, San Francisco. He is currently a clincal and research fellow in Gynecologic Oncology at Cedars-Sinai/UCLA Medical Centers. This year he is working in the Women's Cancer Program laboratory at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center under the mentorship of Christine Walsh,MD, evaluating the role of tissue factor in the treatment of ovarian clear cell carcinoma.
Bingchen Han, PhD
Bingchen Han, a postdoctoral fellow, obtained his PhD in cancer biology from the Genetics Institute at the Chinese Academy of Sciences in Beijing, China.Dr. Han works primarily with Dr. Cui.
Barbie Taylor Harding, PhD
Barbie Taylor Harding received her doctorate in molecular biology from the University of London, U.K. She trained with Dr. Nicholas Dyson at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center and Harvard Medical School, where her research focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying cancer development. She is currently in Dr. Wiedemeyer’s laboratory, where her research interests focus on how tumor-specific genetic alterations dictate response to targeted therapies in ovarian cancer.
Clinical Research Program Assistant
Lourdes supports the biorepository and the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program.
Tilley Jenkins Vogel, MD
Tilley Jenkins attended medical school at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She thereafter completed a residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at The University of Washington Medical Center in Seattle. She is currently a clinical and research fellow in Gynecologic Oncology at Cedars-Sinai/UCLA Medical Centers. At present she is working in the Women's Cancer Program laboratory at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center under the direction of Xiaojiang Cui, PhD investigating the role of FOXC1 in ovarian cancer metastasis and invasion.
Yanli Jin, PhD
Yanli Jin postdoctoral fellow, graduated with a PhD in cancer biology from Zhongshan School of Medicine, Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou, China. Dr. Jin works primarily with Dr. Cui.
Jenny Lester, MPH, CCRP
Senior Research Project Advisor
Jenny Lester is a Senior Research Project Advisor with the Women's Cancer Program in the Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute. She graduated from University of Georgia and earned her Master of Public Health (MPH) degree from Morehouse School of Medicine. She has worked in clinical research for over 20 years.
Clinical Research Coordinator
Diane Park is a clinical research coordinator for the Women’s Cancer Program. She graduated from the University of Washington with a BS is biology and is currently pursuing a Masters degree in public health. She supports the biorepository program, the Gilda Radner Hereditary Cancer Program, and the clinical trials unit.
Ying Qu, MD, PhD
Ying Qu, MD, PhD, attended medical school at Shanghai JiaoTong University in China. She finished her PhD program at Shanghai JiaoTong University medical school. She was trained at John Wayne Cancer Institute in Santa Monica on breast cancer translational research. She is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Gynecologic Oncology at Cedars-Sinai/UCLA Medical Centers. At present, she is working in the Women's Cancer Program laboratory at the Samuel Oschin Cancer Center under the direction of Xiaojiang Cui, PhD, investigating the role of TXNL2 in regulating breast cancer malignancy and stem cell property.
Leah Sabacan, MBA
Clinical Research Data Specialist II
Leah develops databases, maintains regulatory compliance, and abstracts clinical data for a variety of Women’s Cancer Program projects.
Shin Saito, MD
Visiting Postdoc Scientist
Shin Saito, MD, attended Asahikawa Medical University in Japan. He completed a residency in surgery at Jichi Medical University in Japan. After attending graduate school at Jichi Medical University, he joined Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. At present, he is working in the Women's Cancer Program laboratory under the direction of Harmik Soukiasian, MD and Xiaojiang Cui, PhD, investigating the role of FOXC1 in lung cancer and/or breast cancers progression
Emi Suzuki graduated from University of California, Santa Barbara with a degree in Biological Sciences. She is a research associate for cell culture and molecular research fields in Dr. Xiaojiang Cui’s lab within the Women’s Cancer Program.
Hang Tran, BS
Hang Tran has been an integral member of the Women’s Cancer Program during her 16 years at Cedars-SInai. She graduated from Cal State University, Fullerton, with a degree in biology, and has put her education to good use as the primary technician for cell culture research as well as other molecular research fields within WCP.
Xiao Yang graduated from Dental School West China University of Medical Sciences, Chengdu China. She gained clinical research experience in Peking Union Medical College Hospital and Jichi Medical School, Japan. She acquired biomolecular skills in the Institute of Biophysics, Academia Sinica, China. She started as a specimen procurement specialist at WCP seven years ago and now also works with Dr.Cui.