George Adrian Calin, M.D., Ph.D.
George Adrian Calin received both his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees at Carol Davila University of Medicine in Bucharest, Romania.
After working in cytogenetics as an undergraduate student with Dr. Dragos Stefanescu in Bucharest, Calin completed cancer genomics training in Dr. Massimo Negrini’s laboratory at the University of Ferrara, Italy, and in 2000, he became a postdoctoral fellow in Dr. Carlo Croce’s laboratory at Kimmel Cancer Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
In June 2007, Calin joined MD Anderson as an associate professor in the Department of Experimental Therapeutics and was promoted to Professor with tenure in 2013. He explores new RNA therapeutic options for cancer patients and studies the roles of microRNAs and other non-coding RNAs in cancer initiation and progression, as well as the mechanisms of cancer predisposition.
Linda Fabris, Ph.D.
Research Assistant II
Hui Ling, M.D., Ph.D.
Hui Ling received his medical degree from First Military Medical University, China, in 2000 and his Ph.D. from National University of Singapore, Singapore, in 2010.
After graduation from medical school, he worked in hospital as a physician from 2000 to 2005. The training in clinical medicine and working experience in the hospital nurtured in him a strong interest in biomedical research, especially in the field of cancer research. In January 2006, he applied for and was offered the graduate research scholarship from National University of Singapore. While working on his Ph.D., he investigated the anticancer potential of triterpenoids contained in Poria cocos, a well-known herb widely used in traditional Chinese medicine. In addition to this project, he also explored the beneficial activities of shogaols, the pungent components of dry ginger, against breast cancer initiation, progression and metastasis.
In October 2010, he joined Dr. Calin’s laboratory at MD Anderson as a postdoctoral fellow studying the role of SNP-flagged non-coding RNAs in the initiation and progression of colorectal cancer. His research also involves the study of miRNA localization and its significance in cancer development.
Graduate Research Assistant - GSBS
Paloma Monroig is originally from Puerto Rico and obtained a bachelor's degree in Industrial Microbiology at the University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus in 2009. She is currently an M.D./Ph.D. student of the affiliated program between UPR-Medical Science Campus and The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS).
Paloma joined Dr. Calin's laboratory to complete her Ph.D. in 2012. Her primary focus is on the roles of non-coding RNAs in cancer metabolism.
Visiting Associate Professor
Martin Pichler, Ph.D.
Visiting Associate Professor
M. Diana Qian
Research Laboratory Manager
Roxana Simona Redis, Ph.D.
Roxana Redis graduated with a degree in biochemical engineering from “Babes-Bolyai” University, Romania, in 2009 and began a Ph.D. program in genetics at the University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca the same year. In December 2009, she has been working in the Department of Functional Genomics and Experimental Pathology at the “I. Chiricuta” Oncological Institute, Cluj-Napoca, focusing primarily on gene expression evaluation and molecular diagnosis.
She joined Dr. George Calin’s laboratory in April 2011, where her work focuses on the role of non-coding RNAs in tumor initiation and development in colon and pancreatic cancers.
Yukie Sato Kuwabara, Ph.D.
Maitri Y. Shah
Rosalie B. Hite Graduate Research Assistant
Maitri graduated with a Bachelor of Pharmacy in 2008 from the University of Mumbai, India and then completed a Master of Science in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology in 2010 from East Carolina University, North Carolina. In 2010, she began a Ph.D. program in Experimental Therapeutics at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at Houston (GSBS).
Maitri joined Dr. George Calin’s lab in June 2011 for her Ph.D. dissertation. Her main project will focus on understanding the role of ultraconserved genes in cancer initiation and progression.
Masayoshi Shimizu is a research investigator with 15 years of experience in molecular biology.
He has worked with Dr. George A. Calin for the last eight years – initially in genomics and then, beginning in 2002, in the field of microRNAs and cancer. He was involved in major non-coding RNA projects, including the genome-wide profiling of microRNAs, the discovery of miRNA germline mutations and the involvement of ultraconserved genes in cancer.
Masa followed Dr. Calin to MD Anderson Cancer Center in June 2007 and he performs the high throughput, non-coding RNA profiling by microarray and several genomics techniques related to non-coding RNAs.
Katrien Van Roosbroeck, Ph.D.
Katrien Van Roosbroeck earned a masters degree in Bioscience Engineering in 2005 and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences with a focus on cancer biology at the Center for Human Genetics in 2010 -- both from the University of Leuven, Belgium.
After one year of working as a postdoctoral fellow in Leuven, Katrien decided that Belgium was too small and wanted to broaden her horizons. She was granted a fellowship from the Belgian American Educational Foundation (B.A.E.F.) to conduct leukemia research at MD Anderson Cancer Center. She joined the lab of Dr. George Calin as a postdoctoral fellow in September 2011 and her main focus is on the roles of microRNAs and other non-coding RNAs in leukemias.
Country of Origin
|Nicoloso, M.D., Milena||Research Investigator||02-01-09||12-21-10||Italy|
|Rossi, Simona||Data Analyst||08-06-08||12-13-09||Italy|
|Spizzo, M.D., Riccardo||Research Investigator||02-01-09||12-21-10||Italy|
|Jung, Ph.D., Eun-Jung||Visiting Associate Professor||09-01-09||08-17-11||South Korea|
|Lee, Ph.D., Gyeong Won||Visiting Associate Professor||06-15-12||06-14-13||Korea|
|Lee, Ph.D., Sang Kil||Visiting Assistant Professor||09-01-09||02-15-11||South Korea|
|Lu, Ph.D., Cheng-Chan||Visiting Professor||08-09-10||01-25-11||China|
|Munker, M.D., Reinhold||Adjunct Associate Professor||10-25-10||08-31-11||USA|
|Nam, Ph.D., Su Youn||Visiting Scientist||10-11-10||03-31-12||Korea|
|Setoyama, Ph.D., Tetsuro||Visiting Scientist||08-19-10||08-31-12||Japan|
|Vivas-Mejia, Ph.D., Pablo||Visiting Associate Professor||01-01-11||09-16-11||Puerto Rico|
|Ahn, Enid Inhye||Rotating Resident Researcher||10-17-11||10-16-12||Korea|
|Almeida, Maria Ines||Graduate Student-non-UTHSCH||10-05-09||03-31-12||Portugal|
|Barbarotto, Ph.D., Elisa||Research Intern||04-07-08||10-06-08||Italy|
|Bhattacharya, Sharmita||High School Student||07-27-09||08-31-09||USA|
|Chen, Lu||Graduate Research Asst-GSBS||03-15-10||05-31-10||USA|
|Cortez, Maria Angelica Abdalla||Graduate Student-non-UTHSCH||06-02-08||10-31-08||Brazil|
|Cortez, Maria Angelica Abdalla||Postdoctoral Fellow||04-05-10||07-31-11||Brazil|
|D'Abundo, Lucilla||Research Intern||11-07-11||04-11-12||Italy|
|D'Andrea, Sara||Research Intern||09-07-10||11-06-10||Italy|
|deOliveira, Jacqueline||Graduate Student||09-06-11||12-31-11||Brazil|
|Dimitri, Federica||College Student||06-02-08||08-31-08||Italy|
|Gwak, Dong-Ho||College Student||11-14-11||05-11-12||USA|
|Edwards, Juliana||Graduate Research Asst-GSBS||09-01-09||12-31-09||USA|
|Falchi, Lorenzo||Postdoctoral Fellow||09-06-11||09-05-12||Italy|
|Ferdin, Jana||Graduate Student-non-UTHSCH||08-03-09||05-25-12||Slovenia|
|Ferreira, Aline Fernanda||Graduate Student-non-UTHSCH||09-19-11||01-18-12||Brazil|
|Fogarty, Julia||High School Student||06-01-08||07-31-08||USA|
|Guerrero, Manrique Alberto||Graduate Research Asst-GSBS||07-14-08||08-31-08||USA|
|Haderk, Franziska||Graduate Student-non-UTHSCH||09-13-10||12-10-10||Germany|
|Hsiao, Annie||Research Aide||05-03-10||05-02-12||USA|
|Jethwa, Alexander||Graduate Student-non-UTHSCH||09-19-11||12-16-11||Germany|
|Lazarescou, Natalie||College Student||10-10-11||09-25-12||USA|
|Liang, Sean Xiangyu||Research Aide||06-28-10||08-25-10||USA|
|Manohar, Vijay Asokan||High School Student||06-20-11||08-12-11||USA|
|Medina, Amilda||Summer Student||05-31-11||08-05-11||USA|
|Merchant, Omar Farooq||College Student||06-08-09||08-31-09||USA|
|Momin, Arif||Research Intern||05-23-11||06-30-11||USA|
|Nasr, Rihab||Research Aide||01-10-11||02-28-11||USA|
|Neugebauer, Julia||Graduate Student-non-UTHSCH||10-11-10||12-10-10||Germany|
|Nouraee, Nazila||Graduate Student||09-06-11||05-05-12||Iran|
|Pham, Khanh||Summer Student||05-31-11||08-05-11||USA|
|Raia, Rachel Marie||Graduate Research Asst-UTHSCH||08-23-10||05-31-12||USA|
|Ravoori, Vineet||High School Student||06-27-11||08-20-11||USA|
|Redis, Roxana Simona||Graduate Student-non-UTHSCH||04-04-11||04-03-12||Romania|
|Rehman, Sumaiyah Khaleel||Graduate Research Asst-GSBS||01-03-08||03-15-08||USA|
|Rosa, Fabiola Encinas||Research Intern||06-01-09||08-31-09||Brazil|
|Rushworth, David||Graduate Student||07-01-08||08-31-08||USA|
|Scholl, Vanesa||Graduate Student-non-UTHSCH||10-31-11||12-31-11||Argentina|
|Sheng, Zhengji||College Student||05-31-11||08-30-11||China|
|Teruel, Raul||Graduate Student-non-UTHSCH||01-12-09||05-11-09||Spain|
|Tiron, Aida||College Student||08-03-09||10-09-09||Romania|
|Vannini, Ivan||Research Intern||05-02-11||07-24-11||Italy|
|Zhou, Peng||Research Aide||05-17-10||06-16-10||USA|