K12 Program Scholars

Previous Abney/K12 Scholar

Samuel Lewis Cooper

Samuel Lewis Cooper, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

“Impact of Smoking Cessation Program on Quality of Life in Patients Receiving Radiotherapy”

Primary Mentor: K. Michael Cummings, Ph.D.
Secondary Mentor: Graham Warren, M.D., Ph.D.

Previous Scholars

Barry Gibney, DO

Barry Gibney, D.O.

Assistant Professor, Department of Surgery

"Analysis of Mesothelioma Tumor Microenvironment Following Neoadjuvant

Primary Mentor: John Wrangle, M.D.
Secondary Mentors: Shikhar Mehrotra, Ph.D. and Richard O'Neil, Ph.D.


Dr. Adam Fox

Adam Fox, M.D.

Instructor, Department of Medicine

"Reflex Biomarker Testing to Increase Use of Targeted Therapies in Lung Cancer Proposed Didactic Course Of Study: Selected Courses"

Primary Mentor: Gerard Silvestri, M.D.
Secondary Mentor: Paul Nietert, Ph.D.


brian hess

Brian Hess, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Hematology/Oncology

"Improvement of Outcomes in DLBCL and Hodgkin Lymphoma through Novel Therapeutic Clinical Trials"

Primary Mentor: Sophie Paczesny, M.D., Ph.D.
Secondary Mentor: A. Craig Lockhart, M.D., MHS


Chris Koivisto

Christopher Koivisto, DVM, Ph.D.

Research Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

"Validation of a Predictive Biomarker for Recurrent Type I Endometrial Carcinoma"

Primary Mentor: Michael Ostrowski, Ph.D.
Secondary Mentor: Whitney Graybill, M.D.


Evan Graboyes

Evan M. Graboyes, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery

"Improving the Equity and Timeliness of Adjuvant Therapy Following Surgery for Head & Neck Cancer"

Primary Mentor: Chanita Hughes-Halbert, Ph.D.
Secondary Mentors: Elizabeth G. Hill, Ph.D. and Graham Warren, M.D., Ph.D


antonio giordano

Antonio Giordano, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology/Oncology, Department of Medicine

"Therapeutic Role of Polo-Like Kinase 1 (PLK1) Inhibition in Triple Negative Breast Cancer "

Primary Mentor: Stephen Ethier, Ph.D.
Secondary Mentors: Carolyn D. Britten, M.D. and Elizabeth S. Yeh, Ph.D.


david neskey

David Neskey, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery

“Personalization of Head and Neck Cancer Care through Identification of Novel Genomic Fingerprints”

Primary Mentor: Steven Rosenzweig, Ph.D.
Secondary Mentors: Terry Day, M.D. and Stephen Ethier, Ph.D.


jessica thaxton

Jessica Thaxton, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Orthopaedics

"Programming CD8 T-cell Metabolism for Cancer Immunotherapy"

Primary Mentor: Zihai Li, M.D., Ph.D.
Secondary Mentor: Lee Leddy, M.D.


john wrangle

John Wrangle, M.D., MPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Hematology-Oncology, Department of Medicine

“Cytokine-based Immunotherapeutic Combinations for Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer”

Primary Mentor: Zihai Li, M.D., Ph.D.
Secondary Mentor: Stephen Ethier, Ph.D.