David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA Hematology and Oncology Training Program 
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Fellows in the UCLA Hematology-Oncology undertake research projects ranging from benchtop, basic science to investigator-initiated clinical trials and projects in public health and health care policy. There will be scheduled formal one-on-one meetings with the Fellowship Research Committee members in the fall of year 1 to review the process of finding and selecting a research area as well as prospective mentors. Research mentors are faculty within any division in the UCLA campus, as well as Jonnson Comprehensive Canter Center (JCCC), and Caltech.

During fellowship, some fellows additionally complete Masters of Science (MS) or Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degrees through the STAR Program. Fellows interested in health policy research may also apply to the Robert Wood Johnson Clinical Scholars Program at UCLA to pursue a Masters of Science in Health Services. Research progress reports are given by all fellows in research at our Fall and Spring Research Retreats. Below is a representative list of recent fellows, their mentors, and research projects.




Aaron Lisberg, MD

Edward Garon, MD

Evaluation of a Large Lung Tumor Bank to Further Characterize the Immune Microenvironment and Tumor Mutational Burden in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

Sandy Liu, MD Isla Garraway, MD, PhD Determinants of Prostate Cancer Bone Metastatic Progression

Kelly McCann, MD, PhD

Dennis Slamon, MD, PhD

Rational use of PARP inhibitors

Mina Nikanjam, MD, PhD

Caius Radu, MD

Assessment of a Novel dCK inhibitor for Leukemia and Lymphoma using PET Imaging to explore Pharmacokinetics, Pharmacodynamics, and Disease Response

Aditya Shetty, MD*

Owen Witte, MD

PI3KA/B Alterations in Prostate Cancer

Nicolaos Palaskas, MD Tom Graeber, MD
Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD
Metabolic profiling of T-Cells modulated by
PD-1:PD-L1 signaling

Andrae Vandross, MD*

Dennis Slamon, MD, PhD
Sarah Larson, MD

Translational research in hematologic malignancies

Tiffany Hogan, MD*

John Glaspy, MD,
Arash Naeim, MD, PhD
Lee Rosen, MD

Developing a Hematology-Oncology Quality Improvement Study with a Focus on Identifying Preventable Admissions of Cancer Patients

Ryan Kendle, MD*

John Timmerman, MD

Ibrutinib plus anti-CD20-interferon alpha fusion protein for treatment of B cell lymphomas

Nicholas Reese, MD*

Matthew Rettig, MD

MAPK inhibition in metastatic castrate resistant prostate cancer

Joshua Sasine, MD*

John Chute, MD

Bone Marrow Vascular Niche Regulation of Multiple Myeloma

Tina Wang, MD*

Rob Prins, PhD

Targeting Neoantigens for Glioblastoma Immunotherapy

*STAR fellow   #Geriactrics/Oncology fellow
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