Fellow - University of Pennsylvania, Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA, 2010-2015
Ph.D. - Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences & The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX, 2010
B.S. - Texas A&M University, College Station, TX, 2004
Schadler is originally from Austin, Texas. She completed her B.S. in Molecular & Cell Biology at Texas A&M University, where she had her first job in a scientific setting making fly food for a drosophila genetics lab. Schadler then completed her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology at The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and MD Anderson Cancer Center. Her thesis work demonstrated the critical role of DLL4-Notch signaling for bone marrow-derived cell participation in vasculogenesis in Ewing’s sarcoma. For this work, Schadler was awarded the Alfred Knudson Award for Excellence in Graduate Research by MD Anderson Cancer Center. During graduate school, Schadler completed over 100 hours of observation in the pediatric non-neural solid tumors clinic in the Children’s Cancer Hospital at MD Anderson, and earned a certification in Clinical and Translational Research. After graduate school, Schadler completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute. During this fellowship, Schadler’s love for tumor vascular development was combined with a scientific interest in the role of exercise in cancer treatment, and she launched the basis of her current focus on the effects of exercise on tumor response to therapy. Schadler returned to MD Anderson Cancer Center as faculty in 2015. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, traveling and running or cycling the bayou trails of Houston.
Graduate Research Assistant
B.S.- Biology from Northern Illinois University
Savage was born and raised in Cedar Falls, Iowa. She received her B.S. in Biology from Northern Illinois University where she ran track and cross country for the university all four years. Her passion for cancer research prompted her to apply to the MD Anderson University of Texas Health Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences to begin her PH.D. in 2016. Specifically, her interests lie in cancer metabolism. In her free time she enjoys running, relaxing with friends and classmates, and reading.
Ph.D. - Graduate School of Biomedicine, University of Barcelona, Spain
M.S. - Medical Biotechnology applied to reparative and regenerative medicine, University of Parma, Parma, Italy
B.S. - Biotechnology, University of Pavia, Pavia, Italy
Marmonti is an Italian researcher. At the age of 18, she left her small village in the province of Milan to begin studying bioscience at the University of Pavia (Italy), where she completed her B.S. in Medical Biotechnology. She then began her master’s degree in Medical Biotechnology at the University of Parma (Italy). The strong desire to travel and discover new cultures encouraged her to participate to the LLP-ERASMUS project doing a 12 month laboratory training at the University of Barcelona (Spain) and 3 month training at the University of Edinburgh (Scotland), in which she collaborated with research groups specializing in the study of cancer cachexia. She developed a great passion for this topic which motivated her to focus on the study of muscle atrophy. Marmonti completed her Ph.D. in Biomedicine at the University of Barcelona (Spain) in October 2016. She was interested in studying the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying muscle wasting that result from reduced physical activity or a pathological state, and testing whether combined therapies (nutritional supplements and exercise) are able to counteract muscle disuse and disease-induced atrophy. She likes to spend her free time with family and friends. She loves salsa dancing, cooking Italian delicacies and watching movies.
Avis Harden M.D.
Pediatric Oncology Fellow
Avis Harden was born and raised in Dallas, Texas. She completed her undergraduate education at George Mason University in Northern Virginia, then obtained her medical degree at Howard University College of Medicine in Washington, D.C. She completed her Pediatric residency at The University of Miami Holtz Children’s Hospital in Miami, Florida, before returning to the great state of Texas for a Pediatric Hematology and Oncology fellowship at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center. Her interests include stem cell transplant, cell therapy and immunotherapy, all of which are the focus of her research. Dr. Harden enjoys reading fiction, historical fiction novels, cooking, swimming and dancing.
Meredith Buzbee, B.S.
Research Assistant 1
Meridith is from the piney woods of East Texas. She received her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Texas A&M University. She completed a research internship at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, motivating her to pursue pediatric cancer research. She desires to attend medical school to be a pediatric oncologist. Meridith enjoys volunteering for Young Life at a high school in the Houston area. In her free time, she explores the trails of Houston through cycling and running.
Schadler Lab Alumni
Miriam Morrell, D.O.
Position in the Schadler Lab: Pediatric Oncology Fellow
Currently: Attending Pediatric Oncologist, St. Joseph’s Hospital in Tampa, Florida
Aiqian Zhang, Ph.D.
Position in the Schadler Lab: Graduate Research Assistant
Currently: Physician, Third Xiangya Hospital of Central South University