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Current Fellows in the Trans-Divisional Research Program

Meet the fellows in the Trans-Divisional Research Program (TDRP) and learn about their work.

  • Jeya Balaji Balasubramanian, Ph.D., M.S.

    Dr. Balasubramanian, postdoctoral fellow in the Data Science and Engineering Research Group of TDRP, is working with Jonas S. Almeida, Ph.D., and several other collaborators on various projects, including developing a statistical method to detect novel queries to a predictive model, developing risk prediction models for the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), and more.

  • Aaron J. Bernstein, M.Phil.

    Mr. Bernstein, predoctoral fellow in TDRP, performs research focused on the development of machine learning algorithms for the identification and prognostic evaluation of tumor-infiltrating lymphocytes in breast cancer histology slides. His mentors are Montserrat García-Closas, M.D., Dr.P.H., and Dr. Paul Pharoah at University of Cambridge.

  • Praphulla Bhawsar, M.S.

    Mr. Bhawsar, predoctoral fellow in the Data Science and Engineering Research Group of TDRP, is conducting research on setting up reusable artificial intelligence (AI) pipelines for digital pathology, under the mentorship of Jonas S. Almeida, Ph.D.

  • Toniya Brown, B.A.

    Ms. Toniya Brown works with the Connect for Cancer Prevention Study, assisting with coordinating the cross-national sites with an emphasis on the recruitment and retention of underrepresented minority participants.

  • Mantas Dmukauskas, Ph.D., M.S.

    Dr. Dmukauskas, postdoctoral fellow in the Trans-Divisional Research Program, explores sex and geographical differences in primary brain tumors and central nervous system metastases as well as maternal exposures and brain tumors, under the mentorship of Jill S. Barnholtz-Sloan, Ph.D.

  • Jacob Edelson, M.S.

    Mr. Edelson, postbaccalaureate fellow in TDRP, works on studies related to brain tumors, including survival analysis; prediction of environmental exposure from mutational signatures identified in tumor sequencing data; and uses exome sequencing and RNAseq data to uncover biological pathways, mutational signatures, and cell types in brain tumors that differ by sex. His mentor is Jill Barnholtz-Sloan, Ph.D., senior investigator, and others.

  • Amber Hurson, Ph.D., M.P.H.

    Dr. Hurson, a postdoctoral fellow in TDRP, studies etiologic heterogeneity of breast cancer subtypes. Her doctoral research evaluated an RNA-based gene signature, which detects TP53 pathway function, as an additional etiologic and prognostic marker in breast cancer. Her mentor is Montserrat Garcia-Closas, M.D., Dr.P.H.

  • Lee Mason, M.S.

    Mr. Mason, predoctoral fellow in the Data Science & Engineering Research Group of TDRP, is conducting research focused on interactive visual analysis of time-series data, under the mentorship of Jonas S. Almeida, Ph.D., Director of Data Science, DCEG, and Dr. Blánaid Hicks at Queen's University Belfast.

  • Lorena Sandoval, M.S.

    Ms. Sandoval, predoctoral fellow in TDRP, is studying health disparities in cancer with a focus on policy interventions, using serverless architecture and data visualization. Her mentor is Jonas S. Almeida, Ph.D.

  • Aleah Thomas, B.S.

    Ms. Aleah Thomas, postbaccalaureate fellow in TDRP, works on the Connect for Cancer Prevention Cohort study. She is researching electronic recruitment and retention methods to target individuals of diverse backgrounds and geographies, under the mentorship of Dr. Mia Gaudet.