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Our Scientists

With a focus on team science, Wistar’s principal investigators work both independently and in collaboration with their colleagues at Wistar and beyond. Our scientists strive to gain critical knowledge about disease mechanisms, with the goal of finding new ways to diagnose and treat illness.
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Mohamed Abdel-Mohsen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center

Dario C. Altieri, M.D.

President & Chief Executive Officer

Director, The Wistar Institute Cancer Center

Robert & Penny Fox Distinguished Professor

Professor, Immunology, Microenvironment & Metastasis Program

Andrew J. Caton, Ph.D.

Professor

Scientific Director, Animal Facility

Qing Chen, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Immunology, Microenvironment & Metastasis Program

Scientific Director, Imaging Facility

Chi Van Dang, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Molecular & Cellular Oncogenesis Program

Strategic Advisor to the President

Farokh Dotiwala, M.B.B.S., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center

Hildegund C.J. Ertl, M.D.

Professor, The Wistar Institute Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center

Dmitry I. Gabrilovich, M.D., Ph.D.

Christopher M. Davis Professor

Professor & Leader, Immunology, Microenvironment & Metastasis Program

Alessandro Gardini, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Gene Expression & Regulation program

Meenhard Herlyn, D.V.M., D.Sc.

Director, The Wistar Institute Melanoma Research Center

Professor, Molecular & Cellular Oncogenesis Program

Chih-Chi Andrew Hu, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Immunology, Microenvironment & Metastasis Program

Daniel Kulp, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center

Paul M. Lieberman, Ph.D.

Hilary Koprowski, M.D., Endowed Professor

Professor & Leader, Gene Expression & Regulation Program 

Director, Center for Chemical Biology & Translational Medicine

Qin Liu, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor, Molecular & Cellular Oncogenesis Program

Luis J. Montaner, D.V.M., D.Phil.

Vice President, Scientific Operations

Herbert Kean, M.D., Family Endowed Chair Professor

Director, HIV-1 Immunopathogenesis Laboratory

Professor, Immunology, Microenvironment & Metastasis Program

Associate Director for Shared Facilities, Wistar Cancer Center

Scientific Director, Biomedical Research Support Facility

Scientific Director, Flow Cytometry Facility

Maureen E. Murphy, Ph.D.

Professor & Leader, Molecular & Cellular Oncogenesis Program

Scientific Director, Histotechnology Facility

Associate Vice President, Faculty Affairs

Kar Muthumani, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center

Director, Laboratory of Emerging Infectious Diseases

Yulia Nefedova, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Immunology, Microenvironment & Metastasis Program

Kazuko Nishikura, Ph.D.

Professor, Gene Expression & Regulation Program

Ken-ichi Noma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Gene Expression & Regulation Program

Frank J. Rauscher, III, Ph.D.

Professor, Gene Expression & Regulation Program

Joseph Salvino, Ph.D.

Professor, Molecular & Cellular Oncogenesis Program

Scientific Director, Molecular Screening & Protein Expression Facility

Kavitha Sarma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Gene Expression & Regulation Program

Zachary Schug, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Molecular & Cellular Oncogenesis

Louise C. Showe, Ph.D.

Professor, Molecular & Cellular Oncogenesis Program

Associate Director, Center for Systems & Computational Biology

Scientific Director, Genomics Facility

Scientific Director, Bioinformatics Facility

Emmanuel Skordalakes, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Gene Expression & Regulation Program

David W. Speicher, Ph.D.

Director, Center for Systems & Computational Biology

Professor & Co-Leader, Molecular & Cellular Oncogenesis Program

Scientific Director, Proteomics & Metabolomics Facility

Erica Stone, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Immunology, Microenvironment & Metastasis Program

Jessie Villanueva, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Molecular & Cellular Oncogenesis Program

Member, The Wistar Institute Melanoma Research Center

Ashani Weeraratna, Ph.D.

Ira Brind Professor

Professor & Co-Leader, Immunology, Microenvironment & Metastasis Program

Member, The Wistar Institute Melanoma Research Center

David B. Weiner, Ph.D.

Executive Vice President

Director, Vaccine & Immunotherapy Center

W.W. Smith Charitable Trust Professor in Cancer Research

Professor, Immunology, Microenvironment & Metastasis Program

Rugang Zhang, Ph.D.

Deputy Director, The Wistar Institute Cancer Center

Professor & Co-Leader, Gene Expression & Regulation Program

Research & Discoveries

Our scientists focus on basic biomedical research related to cancer and infectious disease to discover ways of impacting human health.

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