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Pediatric Oncology

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Pratilas Lab Staff

Christine Pratilas, M.D.


Christine Pratilas, M.D. - Principal Investigator





Amy Allen
Amy Allen - laboratory manager, research specialist
Technical support for in vitro experimentation related to small molecule perturbation of RAS effector pathways in models of human cancer
Contact phone number: (443) 287-9370


Patience Obasaju, M.D.Patience Obasaju, M.D. – pediatric hematology/oncology clinical and research fellow 
Cellular and Molecular Medicine graduate training program, PhD candidate 
Project: role of farnesylation in RAS mutated pediatric solid tumors  

Kai PollardKai Pollard – senior research specialist
1.  Maintains a clinically annotated biospecimen repository of NF1-associated tumors
2.  Lead animal technician, provides animal work support for all lab projects 
Contact phone number: (443) 287-9370

Karisa Schreck, M.D., Ph.D.Karisa Schreck, M.D., Ph.D. – neuro-oncology clinical and research fellow
1.  Resistance to MEK/BRAF inhibitor therapy in BRAF-V600E mutated gliomas
2.  Combined therapy against mTOR/PI3K and MEK-ERK pathways in glioblastoma
Complete Publication List

Jiawan (Ava) Wang, Ph.D.Jiawan (Ava) Wang, Ph.D. – post-doctoral research fellow
1.  Adaptive signaling response to MEK inhibition in models of MPNST
2.  Mechanisms of acquired resistance to RAF and MEK inhibition


Carolyn Paine
Carolyn Paine
-  senior administrative coordinator, Division of Pediatric Oncology
Contact phone number: (410) 502-4997