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. 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.
Dr. Jacobs’s current research focuses on several areas, including the biochemical, microbiological, and genetic cause of scarring or stenosis of the laryngotracheal airway, and the development of tissue-engineered cartilage and other novel biomaterials for laryngotracheal reconstruction. Dr. Jacobs is also investigating the mitigation of button battery injuries in infants and children
Dr. Gottardi leads the Bioengineering and Biomaterials (Bio2) lab, collaborating on clinical and research efforts to offer engineering solutions for pediatric health, primarily treatments for airway disorders. Dr. Gottardi researches mechanisms of laryngotracheal pathologies, applies tissue engineering to improve pediatric conditions, develops new devices, and formulates controlled drug delivery systems to treat and improve patients’ lives.
Dr. Adamson serves as chair of the international consortium Children's Oncology Group and on the National Cancer Advisory Board. In addition to his national and international leadership roles in pediatric oncology, Dr. Adamson maintains a dynamic research program on pediatric clinical-translational drug development, with a strong focus on childhood cancer drug development.
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. 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.
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.
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.