Dr. John studies the malaria parasite, Plasmodium falciparum, to understand its basic molecular and cellular biology and functions of its specific metabolic pathways — what the parasite needs to make and why it needs to make it — to identify new antimalarial drug targets and develop new diagnostics.
Dr. Chorny's research program focuses on nanomedicines as well as drug, cell, and gene delivery systems for treating proliferative disease. His current research specifically focuses on the use of nanoparticle-mediated delivery to solid tumors and site-specific delivery for cardiovascular disease.
Dr. Moorthy’s research focuses on liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry assays for translational research. He is an expert in developing and validating analytical methods and their implementation for pediatric and adult clinical sample analysis.
Dr. Diskin's research is focused on translational genomics in childhood cancers. Her laboratory seeks to identify the genetic basis of childhood cancers by combining quantitative computational methods with rigorous "wet-lab" experimental approaches. In parallel, she has developed, and is applying, a proteogenomic approach to identify novel immunotherapeutic targets for high-risk and relapsed pediatric malignancies.
Dr. Balis's research focuses on the clinical pharmacology of anticancer drugs, new drug development, and clinical trial design and endpoints. He studies the pharmacokinetics and pharmacodynamics of anticancer drugs and has applied pharmacological principles to clinical trial design and clinical drug development. He is developing new biomarkers to serve as surrogate endpoints of drug toxicity or efficacy in clinical trials.
Dr. Maris investigates the molecular and genetic mechanisms contributing to the development and progression of neuroblastoma, a common childhood cancer. He also aims to develop new molecular diagnostic tests and less toxic, targeted therapies to treat relapsed or refractory neuroblastoma, including a major effort in immunotherapy discovery and development.
Dr. Broedur’s research interests focus on nanoparticle drug delivery and cancer predisposition. He is also interested in identifying novel cancer predisposition genes, and developing enhanced surveillance techniques to identify cancer early in predisposed individuals with the hope of improving outcome and reducing side effects.
The cure rate for children with neuroblastoma is unacceptable, making it imperative that new therapies are developed. Dr. Bosse's laboratory is focused on discovering and developing new neuroblastoma cell surface immunotherapeutic targets. Along with his colleagues, Dr. Bosse's aim is to capitalize on the robust differential expression of these molecules with immune-based therapies and also define their mechanisms of overexpression and roles in tumorigenesis.
The research interests of Dr. Downes focus on antimicrobial clinical pharmacology and pharmacoepidemiology in children with a goal to identify novel approaches to optimize efficacy, minimize toxicity, and limit antimicrobial resistance from antibiotics.
Dr. Gonzalez-Alegre's long-range research goal is to advance the application of precision medicine in the neurology clinic. His research focus revolves around genetic disorders that affect the brain, spanning from the diagnosis of novel genetic disease in the clinic to the identification of novel molecular targets using disease models and the design of early-phase human clinical trials.