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Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board

Scientific and Clinical Advisory Board

Bruce R. Zetter, Ph.D.

Dr. Zetter serves as Chief Scientific Officer and Vice President of Research at Boston Children's Hospital and the Charles Nowiszewski Professor of Cancer Biology at Harvard Medical School. Dr. Zetter serves as a consultant and scientific advisor to major biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. He is highly regarded nationally and internationally as a leader in the research of tumor angiogenesis, progression, cancer diagnosis, and cancer metastasis. He served as Head of Scientific Advisors at ProNAi Therapeutics, Inc. since November 2012. He served as a Medical & Scientific Advisor of Mersana Therapeutics Inc. He co-founded Predictive Biosciences Inc. in 2006. Dr. Zetter served as an expert witness for the United States Senate Cancer Coalition hearings in Washington, DC. He serves as Chairman of Scientific Advisory Board of the Scientific Advisory Board of SynDevRx, Inc., and Cerulean Pharma Inc. He served as Chairman of Scientific Advisory Board of Tempo Pharmaceuticals Inc. and Predictive Biosciences, Inc. He serves as Member of Scientific Advisory Board at Blend Therapeutics, Inc. He serves as Member of Scientific & Medical Advisory Board at ProNAi Therapeutics, Inc. Dr. Zetter serves as a Member of the Board of Directors and Member of Advisory Board of Attenuon, LLC. Dr. Zetter serves on the Advisory Boards of Angstrom Pharmaceuticals and GMP Companies. He also serves on several grant review boards for public agencies such as the American Heart Association and American Cancer Society, and serves on the editorial board of 11 peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Zetter served as Member of Scientific Advisory Board of Tempo Pharmaceuticals Inc., Synta Pharmaceuticals Corp., and BioTrove, Inc. His research interests focus on tumor metastasis and on identifying diagnostic and prognostic markers that can guide treatment decisions. He has chaired the grant review board on breast and prostate cancer for the National Institutes of Health. Dr. Zetter is a pioneer in understanding how cell movement affects tumor etastasis and is recognized for his key discovery of the inhibitory effects of alpha interferon to endothelial cell locomotion. His work led to the use of interferon alpha to treat hemangiomas. Dr. Zetter serves as a Professor in the Department of Surgery at Harvard Medical School since 1978. Dr. Zetter has won numerous national and international awards for his work in the field of cancer research including a Faculty Research Award from the American Cancer Society and the prestigious MERIT award from the US National Cancer Institute. He has also received three teaching awards from the students at Harvard Medical School for excellence as a teacher and as a course director. He has authored more than 100 articles and has more than 20 patents to his credit. Dr. Zetter received a B.A. degree in Anthropology from Brandeis University. Dr. Zetter earned his Ph.D. from University of Rhode Island and he completed postdoctoral fellowships at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the Salk Institute in San Diego.

Frank B. Gertler, Ph.D.

Dr. Frank Gertler is a Professor at the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Biology Department. Dr. Gertler received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1985. During his post-graduate thesis work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Dr. Gertler discovered the Enabled (Ena) gene in a search for functional downstream targets of signaling by the Drosophila homolog of the c-Abl proto-oncogene. He proceeded to demonstrate that Abl and Ena function were key components of the machinery required to establish normal connections during development of the nervous system. After receiving his Ph.D. in Oncology and Genetics in 1992, Dr. Gertler trained as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Philippe Soriano at the Fred Hutchinson Center for Cancer Research from 1993 through 1997. During this time, he cloned Mena, the mammalian homolog of Drosophila Ena, and discovered a family of related molecules, the "Ena/VASP" proteins. In 1997, Dr. Gertler joined the Biology Department at the MIT. His laboratory continued to work on Mena and the related Ena/VASP proteins and described pivotal roles for these proteins in controlling cell movement, shape and adhesion during fetal development. In 2005, Dr. Gertler moved to the MIT Center for Cancer Research and began to work on the role of Mena in metastatic progression and launched other efforts geared at understanding how the control of cell motility is dysregulated during metastatic diseases.

Renato T. Skerlj, Ph.D.

Dr. Skerlj serves as Vice President of Drug Discovery and Preclinical Development at Lysosomal Therapeutics Inc. Dr. Skerlj is a co-founder and a Member of Scientific Advisory Board of X4 Pharmaceuticals Inc. and co-founder of Noliva Therapeutics. He has over 25 years of pharmaceutical experience in drug development resulting in two marketed drugs: Invanz® and Mozobil® and multiple drugs in clinical development. Previously, Dr. Skerlj served as the Head of Small Molecule Discovery at Genzyme, prior to its acquisition by Sanofi. He served as Vice President of Chemistry for AnorMED Inc., a publicly-traded company acquired by Genzyme for $580 million in 2006. Prior to AnorMED Inc., Dr. Skerlj served as a Senior Research Chemist at Merck & Co., Inc. and Senior Scientist at Johnson Matthey's biomedical research group. Dr. Skerlj earned his doctorate from the University of British Columbia and completed a fellowship at the University of Oxford in Dr. Stephen Davies' laboratory.


John S. Condeelis, Ph.D.

Dr. John Condeelis is the Judith and Burton P. Resnick Chair in Translational Research, Professor and Co-Chair of the Department of Anatomy and Structural Biology at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM). He is the Scientific Director of the Analytical Imaging Facility and co-Director of the Gruss Lipper Biophotonics Center of AECOM. His current research interests are in tumor cell motility, chemotaxis, invasion and intravasation during metastasis. He has combined multiphoton imaging with expression analysis to derive gene expression signatures. This Human Breast Cancer Invasion Signature defines the pathways used by tumor cells in mammary tumors to move and invade blood vessels. The tumor cells are followed using multiphoton imaging for these studies using novel caged-enzymes and biosensors to test, in vivo, the predictions of the invasion signature regarding the mechanisms of tumor cell chemotaxis to EGF. Dr. Condeelis has authored more than 250 scientific papers on various aspects of cell and cancer biology, prognostic marker development and optical imaging.

Joseph Sparano, M.D.

Dr. Joseph Sparano is Professor of Medicine & Women's Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM), Associate Director for Clinical Research at the Albert Einstein Cancer Center, and Associate Chairman of the Department of Oncology at Montefiore Medical Center. He is a medical oncologist and clinical researcher who has been involved in the development of numerous phase I, II, and III NCI sponsored, investigator-initiated, and industry sponsored trials, with expertise in breast cancer, lymphoma, HIV-associated cancer, developmental therapeutics, and development and validation of prognostic and predictive biomarkers. He serves as Chair of the Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group Breast Cancer Committee, Vice-Chair of the NCI Breast Cancer Correlative Science Committee, and member of the NCI Breast Cancer Steering Committee.

Joan Jones, M.D.

Dr. Joan Jones is Professor, Department of Pathology, Department of Anatomy & Structural Biology, Department of Epidemiology & Population Health at Albert Einstein College of Medicine (AECOM) and is an attending Pathologist at New York Presbyterian Hospital. Dr. Jones is a former Professor of Clinical Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College. Dr. Jones is an anatomic pathologist with clinical experience in breast pathology and an interest in the contribution of cell migration and the microvasculature to metastatic progression. Dr. Jones' work with the metastasis group at AECOM began in 1991 when parallels were first being drawn between events in amoeboid chemotaxis and the behavior of metastatic tumor cells. Her role has been to provide the histologic and human disease context for observations both in culture systems and animal models. Dr. Jones was one of the originators, along with Dr. Condeelis, on the use of intra-vital imaging (IVI) of live mammary tumors to identify vascular landmarks around which tumor cells migrate and intravasate. Dr. Jones' application of these IVI observations to human breast cancer samples led to confirmation of the concept of Tumor MicroEnvironment of Metastasis (TMEM) in humans, a microanatomic landmark consisting of a tumor cell, an endothelial cell, and a macrophage, initially observed in vivo in animals. She developed both the methodology and the approach to quantitation of this landmark in human samples. Dr. Jones continues to work on the application of Mena-related biomarkers and TMEM to the prediction of metastatic risk in breast cancer.

Thomas E. Rohan, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.B.S., D.H.Sc.

Dr. Thomas Rohan is Chairman of the Department of Epidemiology and Population Health at AECOM. He is also leader of the Cancer Epidemiology Program (CEP) and Associate Director for Population Sciences in the Albert Einstein Cancer Center. Dr. Rohan is an M.D. with a Ph.D. in Epidemiology and an M.Sc. in Medical Statistics. He has published more than 300 scientific articles and two books on various aspects of epidemiology. He has a particular interest in the molecular pathogenesis of breast cancer. Dr. Rohan is Associate Editor of the Journal Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers, and Prevention and several other journals, including a new journal, Cancer Medicine, which has a focus on personalized medicine. He has served on many grant review panels, served a 4-year term on the Epidemiology of Cancer Study Section at National Cancer Institute (NCI), and is currently a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors of NCI.