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Lab Members

Principal Investigator

Darren Carpizo

Darren Carpizo, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Surgery and Oncology Chief, Division of Surgical Oncology, Vice-Chair of Basic/Translational Research

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Research Staff

Wade Narrow

Wade Narrow

Technical Associate I

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Chris R. Harris, Ph.D.

Chris R. Harris, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor,Department of Surgery

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Research Interest: I use mouse genetics to identify pharmacologically actionable weaknesses of metastatic and dormant tumors.  This approach has led to clinical trials for patients with pancreatic, neuroendocrine and breast cancer.

Research Fellow

Orjola Prela, M.D.

Orjola Prela, M.D.

General Surgery Residency Program, Department of Surgery

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Research Interest: Investigating the role of circadian rhythm genes in promoting tumor growth and metastasis in pancreatic cancer.

Graduate Students

Muhammad Sadeqi Nezhad

Muhammad. Sadeqi Nezhad

Ph.D. program in Translational Biomedical Science (TBS), Clinical and Translational Science Institute (CTSI)

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Research Interest: I study cellular plasticity and metastasis of Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma (PDAC) to develop novel therapeutic and preventive approaches for tumor metastasis in PDAC patients.
Lan Wang
Lan (Amber) Wang

Ph.D. Program in Pathology, Cell Biology of Disease

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Research Interest: Investigating the mechanisms of pancreatic cancer dormancy.