Current Fellows

Yamilet Huerta, MD

(2015-2018; 2019)

Research mentor: Alex Huang, MD, PhD

Residency: Miami Children's, FL

Awards: FRAP (2017-2018; $7,500)

verania.huertaurrutia@uhhospitals.org

Divya Citla Sridhar, MD

(2017-2020)

Research mentor: TBA

Residency: Univ. Texas Health Sci Ctr.

divyaswathi.citlasridhar@uhhospitals.org

Ravi Talati, DO

(2015-2018)

Research mentor: Sanjay Ahuja, M

Residency: Dupont, DE

Awards: FRAP (2017-2018; $4,500)

ravi.talati@uhhospitals.org

Mohamad Sinno, MD

(2017-2020)

Research mentor: TBA

Residency: Univ. Kansas, Wichita, KS

mohamad.sinno@uhhospitals.org

Ajay Gupta, MD

(2016-2019)

Research mentor: Lalitha Vanayak, MD

Residency: Miami Children's, FL

ajay.gupta@uhhospitals.org

Zhongbo Hu, MD, PhD

(2018-2021)

Research mentor: TBA

Residency: Jackson Memorial, FL

zhongbo.hu@jhsmiami.org

Kristen VanHeyst, DO

(2016-2019)

Research mentor: Alex Huang, MD, PhD

Residency: Stony Brook, NY

kristen.vanheyst@uhhospitals.org

Maria Pereda, mD

(2018-2021)

Research mentor: TBA

Residency: SUNY Downstate

Maria.Pereda@downstate.edu

Recent Fellow Graduates (since 2007):

Stefanos Intzes, MD (2007-2010)

Research mentor: Alex Huang, MD, PhD

Research project: Osteosarcoma immune evasion 

Residency: Children's & Women's Hospital, Mobile, AL

Awards: St. Baldrick's Fellow (2008-2010; $132,000); FRAP Award (2009-2010; $15,000)

Current Position: Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center & Children's Hospital, Spokane, WA

Agne Petrosiute, MD (2008-2011)

Research mentor: Alex Huang, MD, PhD

Research project: Cdk5 and Medulloblastoma Immunity

Residency: MetroHealth, OH

Awards: St. Baldrick's Fellow (2010-2013; $180,000+); FRAP Award (2009-2011; $15,000); FRAP CDA (2011-2012; $40,000)

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Dpt. Peds, CWRU (7/2014-current); Instructor, Dpt. Peds, CWRU (9/2011-6/2014).

Prasad Bodas, MD (2008-2011)

Research mentor: Kathy Dell, MD & Alex Huang, MD, PhD

Research project: MRI Biomarker for early SCD Nephropathy

Residency: Children's Hospital Boston, MA

Awards: FRAP Award (2010-2011; $15,000); Skirball Fellow

Current Position: Akron Children's Hospital, Akron, OH

Youmna Othman, MD (2009-2012)

Research mentor: Alex Huang, MD, PhD

Research project: Dissecting Mechanisms of Pathogeneic T cell Recruitment at the BBB during Induction of EAE

Residency: The Women & Children's Hospital of Buffalo, NY

Awards: FRAP Award (2010-2012; $25,000); Hyundai Research Award (2010-2011; $50,000); St. Baldrik's Fellow (2011-2012; $155,000)

Current Position: Cotton-O'Neil Cancer Center, Topeka, KS

Amma Owusu-Ansah, MD (2009-2012)

Research mentor: John Letterio, MD

Research project: HO1 induction by Triterpenoids in SCD

Residency: Cook County Children's Hospital, Chicago, IL

Awards: FRAP Award (2010-2012; $15,000); FRAP CDA (2012-2013; $40,000); NHLBI PRIDE (2012-2014; $6000)

Current Position: Instructor, Dpt. Peds. CWRU (9/2012-6/2014)

Assistant Professor, Dpt. Peds, U. Pittsburgh (7/2014-current)

Nicolas Peters, MD (2000-2013)

Research mentor: John Letterio, MD

Research project: Cdk5 and ALL

Residency: Wright State University, Dayton, OH

Awards: FRAP Award (2012-2013; $10,000)

Current Position: Cardon Children's Medical Center, Mesa, AZ

Irina Pateva, MD (2011-2014)

Research mentor: John Letterio, MD & Joe Matloub, MD

Research project: Cdk5 as a biomarker for ALL activity

Residency: U. Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City, KS

Awards: FRAP Award (2013-2014; $10,000);Keira Kilbane Cancer Discovery Fund (2015-2017; $5,000)

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Dpt. Pediatrics, CWRU SOM (7/2014-current)

Email: Irina.Pateva@UHhospitals.org

Smita Bhaskaran, MD (2011-2014)

Research mentor: John Letterio, MD

Research project: KLF4 in T Cell Leukemia

Residency: MetroHealth, Cleveland, OH

Awards: FRAP Award (2013-2014; $10,000)

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Dpt. Pediatrics, Texas Tech Univ. Health Sciences Center (7/2014-current)

Hilda Ding, MD (2012-2015; 2016)

Research mentor: Alex Huang, MD, PhD; Sanjay Ahuja, MD

Research project: Cdk5 in Rhabdomyosarcoma Immunity

Residency: U. South Carolina / Palmetto Health Children's Hospital, S.C.

Add'l Training: Thromosis & Hemophilia Fellowship (2015-2016)

Awards: FRAP Award (2014-2015; $8,000)

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Dpt. Pediatrics, U.C. San Diego (7/2016-current)

Rasmi Palassery, MD (2012-2015)

Research mentor: John Letterio, MD

Research project: Cdk5 in MDS

Residency: Texas Tech Univ. Health Sciences Center, TX

Awards: FRAP Award (2014-2015; $8,000)

Current Position: Staff, Health Care Global (HCG) Cancer Care, India (7/2015-current)

Anant Vatsayan, MD (2013-2016; 2017)

Research mentor: Alex Huang, MD, PhD & Agne Petrosiute, MD

Research project: Cdk5 in GvHD & Tumor PD-L1 Regulation

Residency: Maimonides Infant & Children's Hospital, Brooklyn, NY

Add'l Training: BMT Research Fellowship, CWRU (2016-2017)

Awards: FRAP Award (2015-2016; $8,000); Samuel Szabo Fund (2014-2016; $15,000).

Current Position: BMT Fellow, Memorial Sloan Kettering (7/2017-2018)

Hasan Hashem, MD (2013-2016)

Research mentor: Alex Huang, MD, PhD

Research project: NK Cell Therapy for Ewing Sarcoma

Residency: University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Awards: FRAP Award (2015-2016; $7,500); Marc Joseph Fund (2014-2016)

Current Position: BMT Fellow, Nationwide Children's, Columbus, OH (7/2016-6/2017); King Hussein Cancer Center, Jordan (7/2017-current)

Ashish Gupta, MD (2014-2017)

Research mentor: John Letterio, MD

Research project: Cdk5 in Mouse Model of MDS

Residency: Brooklyn Hospital Center, Brooklyn, NY

Awards: FRAP Award (2016-2017; $7,500); Rainbow Fellow Best Science Award (6/2017)

Current Position: BMT Fellow, U. Minnesota (2017-2018)

Luban Mehyar, MD (2014-2017)

Research mentor: John Letterio, MD

Research project: Cdk5 in GvHD

Residency: UMDNJ, Newark, NJ

Awards: FRAP Award (2016-2017; $7,500)

Current Position: BMT Fellow, Nationwide Children's (2017-2018)