John M. Maris, MD, is leading a pediatric immuno-oncology Center for Discovery and Development of Optimal Immunotherapeutic Strategies for Childhood Cancers with support from the NCI Moonshot Initiative.
In celebration of Women’s History Month, we are sharing the journey of two exceptional women who work at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s Research Institute. Both Brenda Gwafila and Namrata Choudhari grew up outside of the U.S. and have discovered that scientific exploration has no boundaries.
Vice President Joe Biden’s ambitious “Moonshot” initiative is aimed at boosting and streamlining cancer research across the country. We asked Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko, PhD, chief of the Division of Cancer Pathobiology and an investigator for the Center for Childhood Cancer Research at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, to share his thoughts on how this strategic plan is changing the landscape of pediatric cancer research.
The Computational Epigenetics Lab develops novel algorithms and big data analytics to understand epigenetic cell identity and its dynamics in cell fate transition, organismal development, and human disease. The team disentangles cellular and physiological processes that impact DNA methylation and chromatin states.
The Mechanistic Molecular Immunology Lab integrates cutting-edge structural biology and biochemistry tools with functional immunoassays to understand the molecular basis of immune responses to viral infections and tumors, with an emphasis on the development of novel protein-based therapeutics.