Christine Chio

Assistant Professor, PhD, University of Toronto 2012

Dr. Christine Chio is a new  junior faculty at the Institute of Cancer Genetics. Dr. Chio received her PhD from the University of Toronto under the mentorship of Dr. Tak Wah Mak, studying the interplay between inflammation and cancer development. Subsequently, she joined the lab of Dr. David Tuveson at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory to pursue her postdoctoral training.  Since then, her research endeavor has focused on understanding the role of cellular redox regulation, particularly in the development of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA). 


Dana Kapeller-Libermann

Junior Research scientist, Bsc, New york university 2017

Dana studies the role of mitochondrial NADPH in pancreatic cancer progression.


Karina Chan

Junior Research scientist, BSC, Emory University 2017

Karina studies eIF4A-dependent translational regulation in pancreatic cancer.


Vaibhav Jain

Postdoctoral fellow, PhD, IGIB, India

VJ received his doctoral degree from Institute of Genomics and Integrative Biology (IGIB), Delhi, India under the supervision of Dr. Anurag Agrawal and Dr. Balaram Ghosh, in Respiratory disease biology. During his PhD studies, VJ explored the role of polyamines metabolism in the asthma pathogenesis. In the Chio lab, his focus is to unravel the interplay between tumor and tumor microenvironment in the context of pancreatic cancer. 


Marina Ayres Pereira

Postdoctoral Fellow, PhD, Copenhagen, Denmark

 Marina received her PhD from the University of Copenhagen, under the supervision of Dr. Ali Salanti. During her studies, she characterizeddistinctly sulfated glycosaminoglycans involved in cancer progression and placental malaria. Subsequently, she was involved in a project aiming at the development of a platform to capture circulating tumour cells from a liquid biopsy using a recombinant malaria protein, VAR2CSA. In the Chio Lab, her focus is on the identification of disease-relevant regulatory mechanisms in mRNA translation and protein stability that promote pancreatic cancer progression and metastasis. 


Johana Gutierrez

Junior Research scientist, BSc, Pennsylvania State University

Johana studies the regulation of the cysteine proteome in pancreatic cancer.