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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.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Katja Karjalainen

Research Assistant II

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

Odyssey Fellow

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. Hui Ling

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.

Paloma Monroig

Graduate Research Assistant - GSBS
Email: pmonroig@mdanderson.orgPaloma Monroig

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.

Ioana Neagoe

Visiting Associate Professor

Masahisa Ohtsuka

Graduate Student

Barbara Pasculli

Graduate Student

Martin Pichler, Ph.D.

Postodoctoral Fellow

Jun Qian

Visiting Associate Professor

M. Diana Qian

Research Laboratory Manager

Roxana Simona Redis, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Fellow
Email: rsredis@mdanderson.orgRoxana Simona Redis

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.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Maitri Y. Shah

Rosalie B. Hite Graduate Research Assistant
Email: myshah@mdanderson.orgMaitri Shah

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 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

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 ofKatrien Van Roosbroeck 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.

Former Members




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Nicoloso, M.D., MilenaResearch Investigator02-01-0912-21-10Italy
Rossi, SimonaData Analyst08-06-0812-13-09Italy
Spizzo, M.D., RiccardoResearch Investigator02-01-0912-21-10Italy

Visiting Scientists

Jung, Ph.D., Eun-JungVisiting Associate Professor09-01-0908-17-11South Korea
Lee, Ph.D., Gyeong WonVisiting Associate Professor06-15-1206-14-13Korea
Lee, Ph.D., Sang KilVisiting Assistant Professor09-01-0902-15-11South Korea
Lu, Ph.D., Cheng-ChanVisiting Professor08-09-1001-25-11China
Munker, M.D., ReinholdAdjunct Associate Professor10-25-1008-31-11USA
Nam, Ph.D., Su YounVisiting Scientist10-11-1003-31-12Korea
Setoyama, Ph.D., TetsuroVisiting Scientist08-19-1008-31-12Japan
Vivas-Mejia, Ph.D., PabloVisiting Associate Professor01-01-1109-16-11Puerto Rico

Educational Trainees

Ahn, Enid InhyeRotating Resident Researcher10-17-1110-16-12Korea
Almeida, Maria InesGraduate Student-non-UTHSCH10-05-0903-31-12Portugal
Barbarotto, Ph.D., ElisaResearch Intern04-07-0810-06-08Italy
Bhattacharya, SharmitaHigh School Student07-27-0908-31-09USA
Chen, LuGraduate Research Asst-GSBS03-15-1005-31-10USA
Cortez, Maria Angelica AbdallaGraduate Student-non-UTHSCH06-02-0810-31-08Brazil
Cortez, Maria Angelica AbdallaPostdoctoral Fellow04-05-1007-31-11Brazil
D'Abundo, LucillaResearch Intern11-07-1104-11-12Italy
D'Andrea, SaraResearch Intern09-07-1011-06-10Italy
deOliveira, JacquelineGraduate Student09-06-1112-31-11Brazil
Dimitri, FedericaCollege Student06-02-0808-31-08Italy
Gwak, Dong-HoCollege Student11-14-1105-11-12USA
Edwards, JulianaGraduate Research Asst-GSBS09-01-0912-31-09USA
Falchi, LorenzoPostdoctoral Fellow09-06-1109-05-12Italy
Ferdin, JanaGraduate Student-non-UTHSCH08-03-0905-25-12Slovenia
Ferreira, Aline FernandaGraduate Student-non-UTHSCH09-19-11 01-18-12Brazil
Fogarty, JuliaHigh School Student06-01-0807-31-08USA
Guerrero, Manrique Alberto Graduate Research Asst-GSBS07-14-0808-31-08USA
Haderk, FranziskaGraduate Student-non-UTHSCH09-13-1012-10-10Germany
Hsiao, AnnieResearch Aide05-03-1005-02-12USA
Jasra, BhartiObserver09-01-0709-30-07India
Jethwa, AlexanderGraduate Student-non-UTHSCH 09-19-1112-16-11Germany
Lazarescou, NatalieCollege Student10-10-1109-25-12USA
Liang, Sean XiangyuResearch Aide06-28-1008-25-10USA
Manohar, Vijay AsokanHigh School Student06-20-1108-12-11USA
Medina, AmildaSummer Student05-31-1108-05-11USA
Merchant, Omar FarooqCollege Student06-08-0908-31-09USA
Momin, ArifResearch Intern05-23-1106-30-11USA
Nasr, RihabResearch Aide01-10-1102-28-11USA
Neugebauer, JuliaGraduate Student-non-UTHSCH10-11-1012-10-10Germany
Nouraee, NazilaGraduate Student09-06-1105-05-12Iran
Pham, KhanhSummer Student05-31-1108-05-11USA
Raia, Rachel MarieGraduate Research Asst-UTHSCH08-23-1005-31-12USA
Ravoori, VineetHigh School Student06-27-1108-20-11USA
Redis, Roxana SimonaGraduate Student-non-UTHSCH04-04-1104-03-12Romania
Rehman, Sumaiyah KhaleelGraduate Research Asst-GSBS01-03-0803-15-08USA
Rosa, Fabiola EncinasResearch Intern06-01-0908-31-09Brazil
Rushworth, DavidGraduate Student07-01-0808-31-08USA
Scholl, VanesaGraduate Student-non-UTHSCH10-31-1112-31-11Argentina
Sheng, ZhengjiCollege Student05-31-1108-30-11China
Teruel, RaulGraduate Student-non-UTHSCH01-12-0905-11-09Spain
Tiron, AidaCollege Student08-03-0910-09-09Romania
Vannini, IvanResearch Intern05-02-1107-24-11Italy
Zhou, PengResearch Aide05-17-1006-16-10USA

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