Current Fellows

Zhongbo Hu, MD, PhD

(2018-2021)

Research mentor: John Letterio, MD

Residency: Jackson Memorial, FL

zhongbo.hu@uhhospitals.org

Maria Pereda, MD

(2018-2021)

Research mentor: John Letterio, MD

Residency: SUNY Downstate

Maria.Pereda@downstate.edu

Chaithra Sreenath, MD

(2019-2022)

Research mentor: Sanjay Ahuja, MD

Residency: UH MetroHealth, OH

Chaithra.Sreenath@Uhhospitals.org

Anusha Anukanth, MD

(2019-2022)

Research mentor: Reshmi Parameswaran, PhD

Residency: U. Florida Jacksonville

Anusha.Anukanth@Uhhospitals.org

Incoming Fellow:

Neha Desai, DO

(2020-2023)

Research mentor: Amma Owusu-Ansah, MD

Residency: Prisma Health / U. South Carolina Pediatric Residency, Columbia, SC

Neha.Desai@uhhospitals.org

Smitha Hosahalli Vasanna, MBBS

(2020-2023)

Research mentor: TBA

Residency: Cleveland Clinic Children's, Cleveland, OH

smitha.hosahallivasanna@uhhospitals.org

Mark Kleid, MD

(2021-2024)

Research mentor: TBA

Residency: SUNY Downstate, Brooklyn, NY

Christina Serret, MD

(2021-2024)

Research mentor: TBA

Residency: Children's Hospital / UIC, Chicago, IL

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 (7/2014-10/2019); Instructor, Dpt. Peds, CWRU (9/2011-6/2014); Vilnius University, Vilnius, Lithuania (10/2019-current)

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 (7/2014-9/2020); Associate Professor, Dpt. Peds, CWRU SOM (9/2020-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 (7/2017-2019); Assistant Professor, DC Children's / George Washington University School of Medicine (2019-current)

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 (2017-2019); Assistant Professor, U. Minnesota (2019-current)

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); Attending faculty, West Virginia (2018-current)

Yamilet Huerta, MD (2015-2018; 2019)

Research mentor: Alex Huang, MD, PhD

Research project: CD3-CD123 secreted CAR T against AML

Residency: Miami Children's, FL

Awards: FRAP Award (2017; $7,500); St. Baldrick's Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow (2018-2021); Hyundai Hope-on-Wheels Young Investigator Award (11/2018-6/2021)

Current Position: Instructor, Dpt. Pediatrics, CWRU SOM (7/2019-current)

Email: verania.huertaurrutia@uhhospitals.org

Ravi Talati, DO (2015-2018)

Research mentor: Sanjay Ahuja, MD

Research project: Pro-thrombotic state

Residency: Dupont, DE

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

Current Position: Assistant Member, CCF Children's

Ajay Gupta, MD (2016-2019)

Research mentor: Lalitha Vanayak, MD

Research project: KLF2 in myeloid function within Pancreatic CA

Residency: Miami Children's, FL

Awards: FRAP Award (2019; $7,500)

Current Position: Solid tumor fellowship, Nationwide Children's, Columbus, OH (2019-2020); Assistant Professor, Roswell Park, (2020-current)

Kristen VanHeyst, DO (2016-2019)

Research mentor: Alex Huang, MD

Research project: Phase I/II trial in metastatic OS with integrin Rx

Residency: Stony Brook, NY

Awards: FRAP Award (2018; $7,500); Hyundai Hope-on-Wheels Young Investigator Award (11/2019-10/2022)

Current Position: Assistant Professor, Dpt. Pediatrics, CWRU SOM (7/2019-current)

Email: kristen.vanheyst@uhhospitals.org

Divya Citla Sridhar, MD (2017-2020)

Research mentor: Lalitha Nayak, MD

Research project: KLF2 in ER-induced thromosis

Residency: Univ. Texas Health Sci. Ct, TX

Awards: DREAM Award / HTRS (2019; $50,000)

Current Position: Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences / Arkansas Children's

Mohamad Sinno, MD (2017-2020)

Research mentor: Jignesh Dalal, MD

Research project: Microbiome in GvHD

Residency: Univ. Kansas, Wichita, KS

Awards: FRAP Award (2020; $9,000)

Current Position: BMT Fellowship, Texas Children's (7/2020-current)