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.

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Amber DeGroot:  Amber is a graduate student in Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences. She is studying the role of IL4 receptor alpha in macrophage polarization. 

Liang Dong: Liang is a Urologist from Shanghai Jiao Tong University pursuing post-doctoral studies in the laboratory. He is studying the biology and predictive power of CTCs and exosomes in Urologic Malignancies.

Liang Dong: Liang is a Urologist from Shanghai Jiao Tong University pursuing post-doctoral studies in the laboratory. He is studying the biology and predictive power of CTCs and exosomes in Urologic Malignancies.

Laurie Kostecka:  Laurie is a graduate student in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) and is pursuing her PhD in the lab.  She is working on understanding the role of Keystone Cancer Cells in tumorigenesis.

Laurie Kostecka: Laurie is a graduate student in Cellular and Molecular Medicine (CMM) and is pursuing her PhD in the lab. She is working on understanding the role of Keystone Cancer Cells in tumorigenesis.

Kayla Myers: Kayla is a pharmacology graduate student who is pursuing her PhD in the laboratory. She is working on understanding how the TAM receptors contribute to the role of macrophages in promoting tumorigenesis.

Kayla Myers: Kayla is a pharmacology graduate student who is pursuing her PhD in the laboratory. She is working on understanding how the TAM receptors contribute to the role of macrophages in promoting tumorigenesis.

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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.

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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.

 

Kim Smith: Kim is a technician in the lab, helping on multiple projects.

Kim Smith: Kim is a technician in the lab, helping on multiple projects.

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Don Vindivich:   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.

Richard Zieren: Richard is a physician from the Netherlands pursuing his PhD in the laboratory. He is studying the predictive role of CTCs and exosomes in Urologic Malignancies

Richard Zieren: Richard is a physician from the Netherlands pursuing his PhD in the laboratory. He is studying the predictive role of CTCs and exosomes in Urologic Malignancies