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.
    President and Chief Executive Officer
    Director, The Wistar Institute Cancer Center
    Robert and Penny Fox Distinguished Professor
  • Andrew J. Caton, Ph.D.
    Professor, Translational Tumor Immunology
    Member, Vaccine Center
    Scientific Director, Animal Facility
  • Qing Chen, M.D., Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program
  • José R. Conejo-Garcia, M.D., Ph.D.
    Professor and Co-Program Leader, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program
    Director of Graduate Studies
  • Jan Erikson, Ph.D.
    Professor, Vaccine Center
    Member,Translational Tumor Immunology
  • Hildegund C.J. Ertl, M.D.
    Caspar Wistar Professor in Vaccine Research
    Professor, The Wistar Institute Vaccine Center

  • Mizuho Fukunaga-Kalabis, M.D., Ph.D.
    Research Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
  • Dmitry I. Gabrilovich, M.D., Ph.D.
    Christopher M. Davis Professor
    Professor and Program Leader, Translational Tumor Immunology Program
  • Alessandro Gardini, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Gene Expression and Regulation program
  • 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
  • Clemens Krepler, M.D.
    Research Assistant 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, Molecular Screening & Protein Expression Facilities
  • Qin Liu, M.D., Ph.D.
    Associate Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
  • Luis J. Montaner, D.V.M., D.Phil.
    Herbert Kean, M.D., Family Professor
    Director, HIV-1 Immunopathogenesis Laboratory
    Professor, Translational Tumor Immunology Program
    Associate Director for Shared Facilities, Wistar Cancer Center
    Scientific Director, Flow Cytometry Facility, BSL3 Laboratory, Translational Research Management Facility
  • Maureen Murphy, Ph.D.
    Professor and Program Leader, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
    Associate Vice President for Faculty Affairs
    Associate Director for Education and Career Development, Wistar Cancer Center
  • Kar Muthumani, M.Sc., Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Translational Tumor Immunology Program
    Member, Vaccine Center
  • 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.
    Caspar Wistar Professor
    Professor, Gene Expression and Regulation Program
    Deputy Director, The Wistar Institute Cancer Center
  • Kavitha Sarma, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Gene Expression and Regulation Program
  • Zachary Schug, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis
  • 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
  • Rajasekharan Somasundaram, Ph.D.
    Research Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
  • David W. Speicher, Ph.D.
    Caspar Wistar Professor in Computational and Systems Biology
    Director, Center for Systems and Computational Biology

    Co-Program Leader, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program

    Scientific Director, Proteomics and Metabolomics Facility
  • Erica Stone, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Translational Tumor Immunology Program
  • Jessie Villanueva, Ph.D.
    Assistant Professor, Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program
    Member, The Wistar Institute Melanoma Research Center
  • Ashani Weeraratna, Ph.D.
    Ira Brind Associate Professor
    Associate Professor and Co-Program Leader, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program
    Member, The Wistar Institute Melanoma Research Center
  • David B. Weiner, Ph.D.
    Executive Vice President
    Director, Vaccine Center
    W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Professor in Cancer Research
  • Rugang Zhang, Ph.D.
    Professor and Co-Program Leader, Gene Expression and Regulation Program