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PHSU-MCC Partnership Directory

Program Steering Committee

Name Title Email
Carlos Casiano, PhD* Professor and Associate Director 
Center for Health Disparities Research and Molecular Medicine
Loma Linda University
ccasiano@llu.edu
Philip Howe, PhD Professor and Chair
Department of Biochemistry
Medical University of South Carolina
howep@musc.edu
Carlos Isales, MD Associate Director
Institute of Molecular Medicine and Genetics
Medical College of Georgia
cisales@gru.edu
Maria Elena Martinez, PhD, MPH Professor, Family Medicine and Public Health
Associate Director, Population Science, Disparities and Community Engagement
University of California, San Diego
e8martinez@ucsd.edu
Danny R. Welch, PhD Professor and Associate Director of Education
University of Kansas Cancer Center
dwelch@kumc.edu
Elad Ziv, MD Professor
UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center
elad.ziv@ucsf.edu

*Chair, Program Steering Committee

NCI Project Staff

Name Title Email
H. Nelson Aguila, DVM Integrated Networks Branch
Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
National Cancer Institute
aguilah@nih.gov
Sandra L. San Miguel, MS Integrated Networks Branch
Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities
National Cancer Institute
sandra.sanmiguel@nih.gov

 

Administrative Core 

Name Role Institution Phone Email
Jaime Matta, PhD Contact Principal Investigator PHSU 787.259.7025 jmatta@psm.edu
Kenneth L. Wright, PhD Contact Principal Investigator MCC 813.745.3918 ken.wright@moffitt.org
Julie Dutil, PhD Principal Investigator PHSU 787.840.2575 x2218 jdutil@psm.edu
Alvaro Monteiro, PhD Principal Investigator MCC 813.745.6321 alvaro.monteiro@moffitt.org
W. Douglas Cress, PhD Co-Investigator MCC 813.745.6703 douglas.cress@moffitt.org
Harold Saavedra, PhD Co-Investigator PHSU 787.840.2575 x2205 hsaavedra@psm.edu
Hannia Delgado Program Manager PHSU 787.259.7018 hdelgado@psm.edu
Sabrina M. Rodríguez Program Manager MCC 813.745.6565 sabrina.rodriguez@moffitt.org
Giselle Tolentino Program Coordinator MCC 813.745.0001 giselle.tolentino@moffitt.org
Arline Vela Vidal Program Coordinator PHSU 787.840.2575 x2567 avela@psm.edu

 

Planning & Evaluation Core

Name Role Institution Phone Email
Clement Gwede, PhD, MPH, RN Co-Leader MCC 813.745.3052 clement.gwede@moffitt.org
Harold Saavedra, PhD Co-Leader PHSU 787.840.2575 x2205 hsaavedra@psm.edu
Jaime Matta, PhD Co-Investigator PHSU 787.259.7025 jmatta@psm.edu
Kenneth L. Wright, PhD Co-Investigator MCC 813.745.3918 ken.wright@moffitt.org
Brian Czerniecki, MD Member, Internal Advisory Committee MCC 813.745.7569 brian.czerniecki@moffitt.org
Hannia Delgado Program Manager PHSU 787.259.7018 hdelgado@psm.edu
Laura Domenech, MD Member, Internal Advisory Committee PHSU 787.840.2575 x4740 ldomenech@psm.edu
Martin Hill, PhD Member, Internal Advisory Committee PHSU 787.840.2575 x2199 mhill@psdm.edu
Conor Lynch, PhD Member, Internal Advisory Committee MCC 813.745.8094 conor.lynch@moffitt.org
Melissa Marzán, PhD Evaluation Manager  PHSU 787.840.2575 x5967 mmarzan@psm.edu
Vani Nath Simmons, PhD Chair, Internal Advisory Committee MCC 813.745.4816 vani.simmons@moffitt.org
James Porter, PhD Chair, Internal Advisory Committee PHSU 787.840.2575 x2251 jporter@psm.edu
Hannia Delgado Program Manager PHSU 787.259.7018 hdelgado@psm.edu
Yairí Rivera-Torgerson Program Coordinator MCC 813.745.2682 yairi.rivera-torgerson@moffitt.org
Sabrina M. Rodríguez Program Manager MCC 813.745.6565 sabrina.rodriguez@moffitt.org
Giselle Tolentino Program Coordinator MCC 813.745.0001 giselle.tolentino@moffitt.org

 

Research Education Core

Name Role Institution Phone Email
Caroline Appleyard, PhD Co-Leader PHSU 787.840.2575 x2165 cappleyard@psm.edu
Kenneth L. Wright, PhD Co-Leader MCC 813.745.3918 ken.wright@moffitt.org
Melissa Alsina, MD Co-Investigator MCC 813.745.6703 melissa.alsina@moffitt.org
W. Douglass Cress, PhD Co-Investigator MCC 813.745.7202 douglas.cress@moffitt.org
Julian Sanchez, MD Co-Investigator MCC 813.745.5986 julian.sanchez@moffitt.org
Pedro Santiago, PhD Co-Investigator PHSU 787.840.2575 x2208 psantiago@psm.edu
Roberto Torres, DHA Co-Investigator PHSU   rtorres@psm.edu
Susan Vadaparampil, PhD Co-Investigator MCC 813.745.1997 susan.vadaparampil@moffitt.org
Hector Vélez, MD Co-Investigator PHSU 787.840.2575 x2591 hvelez@ad-vanceresearch.com
Yairí Rivera-Torgerson Program Coordinator MCC 813.745.2682 yairi.rivera-torgerson@moffitt.org

 

Outreach Core

Name Role Institution Phone Email
Julio Jimenez, MD Co-Leader PHSU 787.840.2575 x2291 jcjimenez@psm.edu
Susan Vadaparampil, PhD Co-Leader MCC 813.745.1997 susan.vadaparampil@moffitt.org
Eida Castro, PsyD Co-Investigator PHSU 787.840.2575 x2616 ecastro@psm.edu
Shannon Christy, PhD Co-Investigator MCC 813.745.8840 shannon.christy@moffitt.org
Melissa Marzán, PhD Co-Investigator PHSU 787.840.2575 x5967 mmarzan@psm.edu
Lynette Ruiz, PhD Co-Investigator PHSU 787.840.2575 x2236 lruiz@psm.edu
Jennifer Garcia Program Coordinator MCC 813.745.1052 jennifer.d.garcia@moffitt.org
Brenda Ramos Gonzalez, MPHE Community Health Educator PHSU   bramos@psm.edu
Gina Sanchez, MHA Research Assistant PHSU    
Arline Vela Vidal Program Coordinator PHSU 787.840.2575 x2567 avela@psm.edu

 

Shared Resources ~ Puerto Rico BioBank

Name Role Institution Phone Email
W. Douglas Cress, PhD Co-Leader MCC 813.745.6703 douglas.cress@moffitt.org
Idhaliz Flores, PhD Co-Leader PHSU 787.840.2575 x2206 iflores@psm.edu
Sonia Abac, RN Research Nurse PHSU 787.840.2575 x4224 sabac@psm.edu
Allison Bahr Research Associate MCC 813.745.0002 allison.robertson@moffitt.org
Edna Gordián, MS Data Concierge MCC 813.745.6364 edna.gordian@moffitt.org
José A. Oliveras, MD Clinical Data Abstractor PHSU    
Yairí Rivera-Torgerson Program Coordinator MCC 813.745.2682 yairi.rivera-torgerson@moffitt.org
Zindie Rodríguez, MD Pathology Assistant PHSU 787.840.2575 x4224 zrodriguez@psm.edu
María Rojas, PharmD Data Concierge PHSU 787.840.2575 x4224 mrojas@psm.edu
Marilin Rosa, MD Pathologist MCC 813.745.2846 marilin.rosa@moffitt.org
Ozlen Saglam, MD Pathologist MCC 813.745.1014 ozlen.saglam@moffitt.org
Edward Seijo Staff Scientist MCC 813.745.4264 edward.seijo@moffitt.org

 

Shared Resources ~ Quantitative Sciences Core

Name Role Institution Phone Email
Julie Dutil, PhD Co-Leader PHSU 787.840.2575 x2218 jdutil@psm.edu
Steven Eschrich, PhD Co-Leader MCC 813.745.1303 steven.eschrich@moffitt.org
Anders Berglund, PhD Bioinformatician  MCC 813.745.6947 anders.berglund@moffitt.org
Dung-Tsa Chen, PhD Biostatistician MCC 813.745.1327 dung-tsa.chen@moffitt.org
Naomi Brownstein, PhD Biostatistician MCC 813.745.8757 naomi.brownstein@moffitt.org
Rodrigo Carvajal Informatician MCC 813.745.6439 rodrigo.carvajal@moffitt.org
Edna Gordián Data Concierge MCC 813.745.6364 edna.gordian@moffitt.org
Iris Martinez, DrPH Biostatistician PHSU   imartinez@psm.edu
Ronald Rodríguez, PhD Biostatistician PHSU 787.840.2575 ronaldrodriguez@psm.edu
María Rojas, PharmD Data Concierge PHSU 787.840.2575 x4224 mrojas@psm.edu
Steve Sutton, PhD Biostatistician MCC 813.745.6524 steve.sutton@moffitt.org
Jamie Teer, PhD Bioinformatician MCC 813.745.2650 jamie.teer@moffitt.org
Wandaliz Torres-Garcia, PhD Bioinformatician UPR   wandaliz.torres@upr.edu
Martha Báez Program Coordinator PHSU 787.840.2575 x2214 mbaez@psm.edu
Yairí Rivera-Torgerson Program Coordinator MCC 813.745.2682 yairi.rivera-torgerson@moffitt.org

 

Research Full Project 1 ~ MC1R variants in H/L populations in Florida and Puerto Rico

Name Role Institution Phone Email
Peter Kanetsky, PhD Co-Leader MCC 813.745.2299 peter.kanetsky@moffitt.org
Brenda Soto, PhD Co-Leader PHSU 787.840.2575 x2246 bsoto@psm.edu
Richard Roetzheim, MD Co-Investigator USF 813.974.2201 rroetzhe@health.usf.edu
Susan Vadaparampil, PhD Co-Investigator MCC 813.745.1997 susan.vadaparampil@moffitt.org

 

​Research Full Project 2 ~ Mitotic kinases drive EMT in breast cancer

Name Role Institution Phone Email
Srikumar Chellappan, PhD Co-Leader MCC 813.745.6892 srikumar.chellappan@moffitt.org
Harold Saavedra, PhD Co-Leader PHSU 787.840.2575 x2205 hsaavedra@psm.edu

 

Research Pilot Project ~ Adrenergic regulation of BRCA1 in ovarian cancer

Name Role Institution Phone Email
Guillermo Armaiz, PhD Co-Leader PHSU 787.840.2575 x3226 garmaiz@psm.edu
Alvaro Monteiro, PhD Co-Leader MCC 813.745.6321 alvaro.monteiro@moffitt.org
Heather Jim, PhD Co-Investigator MCC 813.745.6369 heather.jim@moffitt.org

 

Developmental Research Project 1 ~ Discovery of potential immune-preventative targets for ovarian cancer

Name Role Institution Phone Email
José Conejo-Garcia, MD, PhD Co-Leader MCC 813.745.8262 jose.conejo-garcia@moffitt.org
Idhaliz Flores, PhD Co-Leader PHSU 787.840.2575 x2206 iflores@psm.edu

 

Developmental Research Project 2 ~ The genomic and epigenetic predictors of aggressive prostate cancer in Puerto Rican men

Name Role Institution Phone Email
Anders Berglund, PhD Co-Leader MCC 813.745.6947 anders.berglund@moffitt.org
Jaime Matta, PhD Co-Leader PHSU 787.259.7025 jmatta@psm.edu
Jong Park, PhD Co-Leader MCC 813.745.1703 jong.park@moffitt.org
Gilberto Ruiz Deyá, MD Co-Leader PHSU 787.284.3333 gruiz@psm.edu / gruizdeya@aol.com

 

Developmental Research Project 3 ~ Developing and Testing a Spanish-Language intervention to Reduce Cancer-Related Insomnia

Name Role Institution Phone Email
Brian González, PhD Co-Leader MCC 813.745.3219 brian.gonzalez@moffitt.org
Jennifer Morales-Cruz, PhD Co-Leader PHSU 787.840.2575 x5569 jmorales@psm.edu

 

Early Stage Investigators (ESI)/Post-doctoral Trainees

Name Role Institution Phone Email
Guillermo Armaiz, PhD ESI PHSU 787.840.2575 x3226 garmaiz@psm.edu
Estrella Carballido, MD ESI MCC 813.745.8459 estrella.carballido@moffitt.org
Claudia Colon, PhD Postdoctoral Trainee PHSU 787.840.2575 ccolon13@stu.psm.edu
Carlos Díaz Osterman, PhD ESI PHSU 787.840.2575 x2210 cjdiaz@psm.edu
Brian González, PhD ESI MCC 813.745.3219 brian.gonzalez@moffitt.org
Jennifer Morales-Cruz, PhD ESI PHSU 787.840.2575 x5569 jmorales@psm.edu
Lauren Peres, PhD ESI MCC 813.745.4971 lauren.peres@moffitt.org
Jaileene Pérez-Morales, PhD Pre-doc/Post-doctoral Fellow PHSU 813.745.5917 jaileene.perezmorales@moffitt.org
Alixida Ramos, PhD ESI PHSU 787.840.2575 x5505 aramos@psm.edu
Lynette Ruiz, PhD New Investigator PHSU 787.840.2575 x2236 lruiz@psm.edu
Brenda Soto, PhD New Investigator PHSU 787.840.2575 x2246 bsoto@psm.edu