Scientists

With a focus on team science, the principal investigators work independently and in collaboration with their colleagues, at Wistar and beyond. Wistar investigators strive to unlock knowledge about the mechanisms underlying diseases, with the ultimate goal of finding new ways to diagnose and treat illness.
  • Dario C. Altieri, M.D.
    Director, The Wistar Institute Cancer Center
    Executive Vice President
    Chief Scientific Officer
    Robert and Penny Fox Distinguished Professor
  • Andrew J. Caton, Ph.D.
    Professor, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program
    Member, Vaccine Center
  • José R. Conejo-Garcia, M.D., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor and Program Leader, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program
    Director of Graduate Studies
  • Jan Erikson, Ph.D.
    Professor, Vaccine Center
    Member, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program
  • Hildegund C.J. Ertl, M.D.
    Caspar Wistar Professor in Vaccine Research
    Professor and 
Director, The Wistar Institute Vaccine Center

  • Dmitry I. Gabrilovich, M.D., Ph.D.
    Christopher M. Davis Professor
    Professor and Program Leader, Translational Tumor Immunology Program
    Professor, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program
  • Scott E. Hensley, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor
    Member, Vaccine Center
  • Meenhard Herlyn, D.V.M., D.Sc.
    Caspar Wistar Professor in Melanoma Research
    Director, The Wistar Institute Melanoma Research Center
    Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
  • Chih-Chi Andrew Hu, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Translational Tumor Immunology Program
  • Qihong Huang, M.D., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program
  • Susan M. Janicki, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
    Scientific Director, Imaging Facility
  • Russel E. Kaufman, M.D.
    President and CEO
    Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
  • Paul M. Lieberman, Ph.D.
    Hilary Koprowski, M.D., Endowed Professor
    Professor and Program Leader, Gene Expression and Regulation Program

    Director, Center for Chemical Biology and Translational Medicine

    Scientific Director, Protein Expression and Libraries Facility
  • Qin Liu, M.D., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
  • Luis J. Montaner, D.V.M., D.Phil.
    Professor and Director, HIV-1 Immunopathogenesis Laboratory
    Member, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program
    Associate Director for Shared Facilities, Wistar Cancer Center
    Scientific Director, Flow Cytometry Facility
  • Maureen Murphy, Ph.D.
    Professor and Program Leader, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
    Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs
    Associate Director of Faculty Development
    Associate Director for Education
  • Yulia Nefedova, M.D., Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis
  • Kazuko Nishikura, Ph.D.
    Professor, Gene Expression and Regulation Program
  • Ken-ichi Noma, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Gene Expression and Regulation Program

  • Frank J. Rauscher, III, Ph.D.
    Professor, Gene Expression and Regulation Program
    Professor, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program
    Deputy Director for Basic Research, The Wistar Institute Cancer Center
  • Harold C. Riethman, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
    Associate Director of Training
  • Louise C. Showe, Ph.D.
    Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
    Associate Director, Center for Systems and Computational Biology
    Scientific Director, Genomics Facility
    Scientific Director, Bioinformatics Facility
  • Emmanuel Skordalakes, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Gene Expression and Regulation Program
  • David W. Speicher, Ph.D.
    Caspar Wistar Professor in Computational and Systems Biology
    Director, Center for Systems and Computational Biology

    Program Co-leader, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program

    Scientific Director, Proteomics Facility
  • Jessie Villanueva, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
    Member, The Wistar Institute Melanoma Research Center
  • Ashani Weeraratna, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program
  • Rugang Zhang, Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Gene Expression and Regulation Program