Team members: The people working in the Pienta lab are dedicating to understanding the ecology of cancer, how cancer metastasizes and developing new therapies for patients suffering from cancer.
Sarah Amend: Sarah is an Assistant Professor, partnering with Dr. Pienta to study the ecology of cancer. She was a post-doctoral fellow in the lab and received her undergraduate degree from N.C. State University in Biological Sciences and did her Ph.D. thesis work on contributions of the microenvironment to bone resident cancer at Washington University in St. Louis. She is studying the role of the malignant cancer niche in inducing cancer cell biodiversity.
Emily Caruso: Emily is a research technician. She plays a key role in consenting patients to help the lab collect blood and bone marrow from patients who are helping us by donating biospecimens. She is coordinating the Prostate Cancer Precision Medicine Center of Excellence database.
Amber DeGroot: Amber is a graduate student in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences. She is studying the role of IL4 receptor alpha in macrophage polarization.
Princy Parsana: Princy graduated from Johns Hopkins with a Masters degree in Bioinformatics in 2013. Princy is a graduate student in Computational Science and is being jointly mentored by Dr. Pienta and Dr. Alexis Battle to apply machine learning to studying epithelial to mesenchymal transitions as well as discovery from large datasets.
Diane Reyes: Diane is a Nurse Practitioner who helps drive the Pienta lab translational research efforts. She also teams with Dr. Pienta to deliver the best possible care of our patients.
Gonzalo Torga: Gonzalo is a post-doctoral fellow in the lab who did his MD in Spain. He joined the Pienta lab in spring of 2014 to study translational research while developing new therapies for prostate cancer. He is interested in pursuing a career in Medical Oncology.
Don Vindivich: Don Vindivich was neither born nor raised in Maryland however he is proud to say “Ich bin ein Baltimoron”. He studied at Towson University, obtained his degree and immediately began work in the Urology Department here at Johns Hopkins. Don has been the key leader of the laboratory under 3 Urological Research directors. Don’s major interests in the lab include rare cell isolation and facilitating the cataloging of human urological specimens.