CDRN is proud to recognize the outstanding scholarship of investigators throughout our region.  The below investigators graciously agreed to be interviewed and share with the network their research passions and advice for early stage investigators.  Thank you!

Name: Erica T. Warner, ScD MPH
Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School
Title: Instructor in Medicine
Lab or Personal webpage: http://thewarnerlab.org/
Research Area: epidemiology

Dr. Warner is an Instructor in the Department Medicine at Harvard Medical School and an Assistant Investigator at Massachusetts General Hospital where she conducts epidemiological research on cancer. She is also Research Associate at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in the Department of Epidemiology. She is a member of the Dana-Farber Harvard Cancer Center in the Cancer Epidemiology and Risk and Health Disparities Programs.  Dr. Warner is a cancer epidemiologist, studying how lifestyle, behavioral and genetic factors affect risk of cancer, particularly aggressive subtypes.  She also examines factors that lead to more aggressive subtypes of cancer and higher risk of cancer mortality in minority populations.  Dr. Warner’s work appears in leading public health, medical, oncology, and epidemiology journals. Dr. Warner’s recent work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Aetna Foundation and the Alliance for Clinical Trials in Oncology. Dr. Warner has a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a master’s in public health degree (MPH) from Yale School of Public Health. Dr. Warner completed her doctorate and the Alonzo Smythe Yerby Postdoctoral Fellowship, both in Epidemiology, at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.

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Name: Patricio I. Meneses
Institution: Fordham University
Title: Associate Professor
Lab or Personal webpage: http://www.meneseslab.com/
Research Area: Virology, Cancer Biology

“I began my career at Cornell University Medical College (now the Weill) studying Neuroscience and applying viral gene therapy as a means to treat primary brain tumors.  I realized there was a gap in our understanding viral production and thus moved into papillomavirus research at Harvard Medical School as a post-doctoral fellow and focused on viral capsid proteins.  I then moved on to the University of Pennsylvania for continued training and obtained my first position as an Assistant Professor at Chicago Medical School, Rosalind Franklin University.  After five years and three PhD students, I and family returned to the NYC area and I joined the Faculty at Fordham University, Bronx New York.  I now have a laboratory with five graduate students and many undergrads.”

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Name: Anjana Saxena
Institution: City University of New York (Brooklyn College)
Title: Associate Professor
Lab or Personal webpage: http://www.brooklyn.cuny.edu/
Research Area: RNA binding proteins, post-transcriptional control of gene expression, DNA damage response, cell cycle.

Our focus is to dissect the positive and negative regulation on cell proliferation by nucleolin (NCL), an abundant nucleolar RNA binding phosphoprotein.

Our broader scientific focus is to delineate nucleolar control of gene expression during cellular response to DNA damage (DDR) and in tumorigenesis, with the potential to identify novel cancer therapeutics.

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