Scientific Advisory Council

All of our funding decisions are guided by our Scientific Advisory Council. This group of doctors, scientists, and researchers are charged with advising CURE in scientific matters pertaining to childhood cancer. They conduct a thorough review of all research proposals to assess both scientific merit and alignment with CURE’s goals. Together they offer guidance to ensure every dollar we invest in research is spent wisely and affords the best chance that one day, every child diagnosed with cancer receives a safe and effective treatment.

The CURE Childhood Cancer is proud to present the current Scientific Advisory Committee:

Munjal M. Acharya, PhD
University of California Irvine, Radiation Oncology

Anupriya Agarwal PhD
Oregon Health & Science University, Assistant Professor of Medicine

Carlos Alvarado, MD
Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Pediatric Oncologist (retired)

Irina Balyasnikova, PhD
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University, Associate Professor of Neurological Surgery

Brian Belyea, MD
University of Virginia, Pediatric Oncologist

Daniel John Bergsagel, MD
AFLAC Cancer Center of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University, Pediatric Oncologist

Craig Byersdorfer, MD, PhD
University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Blood and Marrow Transplant Physician

Sung Won Choi, MD, MS
University of Michigan, Pediatric Hematologist Oncologist

Michael E Engel, MD, PhD
University of Virginia Children’s Hospital, Chief of Pediatric Hematology & Oncology

Anthony Faber, PhD
VCU Massey Cancer Center, Associate Professor

Harry Findley, PhD
Emory University School of Medicine, Professor Emeritus

Tanja Gruber, MD, PhD
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Pediatric Oncologist

Aaron James, MD, PhD
Johns Hopkins Medical, Associate Professor of Pathology

Kevin Karem, PhD
Center for Disease Control, Associate Director for Laboratory Science

Howard Katzenstein, MD
Nemours Children’s Hospital, Director, Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Balveen Kaur, PhD
University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

Elena Ladas, PhD, RD
Columbia University Irving Medical Center, Associate Professor for Global Integrative Medicine

Jeff Magee, MD, PhD
Washington University School of Medicine, Pediatric Oncologist

Linda McAllister-Lucas, MD, PhD
UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Chief of Service, Hematology/Oncology

Jamy C Peng, PhD
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Chromatin Dynamics in Stem Cells

William Phelps, PhD
American Cancer Society, Senior Vice President, Extramural Research

Himalee S. Sabnis, MD, MSc
Emory University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Jun Yang, MD, PhD
St Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Assistant Faculty Member

Daohong Zhou, MD
University of Florida College of Pharmacy, Professor

Yubin Zhou, MD, PhD
Texas A&M University, Cancer Biologist

Zhu, Liqin Zhu, PhD
St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Liver Development and Cancer