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Lab Members

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.

Maria (Nadia) Ciccone

Postdoctoral Fellow

Beatriz de Melo Maia

Graduate Student

Dana Giza


Yoshiaki Kita, M.D., Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor

Hui Ling, M.D., Ph.D.

Odyssey Fellow

Paloma Monroig

Graduate Research Assistant

Naohiro Nishida

Postdoctoral Fellow

Martin Pichler

Postodoctoral Fellow

Roxana S. Redis

Graduate Student

Maitri Y. Shah

Graduate Research Assistant

Masayoshi Shimitsu

Research Investigator

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.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Former Members

Bharti Jasra (India) – Observer; September 2007
Sumayiah Rehman – Graduate Student; January to March, 2008
Cortez Angelica (Brazil) – Graduate Student; June to August, 2008
Dimitri Federica (Italy) – Graduate Student; June to August, 2008
Guerrero Manrique – Graduate Student; June to August, 2008
Julia Fogarty – High School Student; June and July, 2008
David Rushworth – Graduate Student; July to August, 2008
Elisa Barbarotto, Ph.D. -- Research Intern; April to October 2008
Simona Rossi -- Data Analyst; January 2008 to December 2009
Raul Teruel -- Graduate Student; March to May 2009
Fabiola Rosa -- Research Intern; June to August 2009
Aida Tiron -- College Student; August to October 2009
Maria Ineês Almeida -- Graduate Student
Jana Ferdin -- Graduate Student
Eun-Jung Jung, M.D., Ph.D. -- Visiting Associate Professor
Sang Kil Lee, M.D., Ph.D. -- Visiting Assistant Professor
Milena S. Nicoloso, M.D. -- Research Investigator
Riccardo Spizzo, M.D. -- Research Investigator

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