K12 Program Scholars

Current Scholars

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: Robert K. Stuart, M.D.
Secondary Mentor: Sophie Paczesny, M.D., Ph.D.

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

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.