The Rathmell lab explores a diverse set of projects with the goal to better understand the renal cell carcinomas. This objective establishes the framework by which all of us learn together and continue to develop our professional skills as investigators. Our lab mixes undergraduate, graduate, and medical students, along with postdoctoral fellows and research faculty, all held together by a phenomenal lab manager to advance the science of kidney cancer.

 

Lab Manager

Chytil

Anna Chytil

 

Research Faculty

Mason    2-Mason

Frank Mason, PhD

Research Assistant Professor

Research Interest: Causes and consequences of genome instability in kidney cancer with an emphasis on mitotic errors

 

Research Staff

Kounvalong    2-Kounvalong

Emily Kounlavong

Research Assistant

Research Interest: Studying the mechanisms driving genomic instability in renal cell carcinoma

 

Postdoctoral Fellows

Bacigalupa    2-Bacigalupa    3-Bacigalupa

Zachary Bacigalupa, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research Interest: Novel approach to blocking HIF-2α signaling by inhibiting the metabolic enzyme ACSS2 in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC)

 

deCubas

Agi A. deCubas, PhD                                       

 

Graduate Students

Lim    2-Lim    3-Lim

Aaron Lim

MD/PhD Student

Research Interest: Effects of extracellular vesicles in renal cell carcinoma

 

Reinfeld

Bradley Reinfeld               

 

Wolf    2-Wolf    3-Wolf

Melissa Wolf

Research Interest: Elucidating the relationship between infiltrating immune cells and RCC tumor cells and the metabolic programs they employ to drive tumor progression and therapeutic resistance

 

Undergraduate Students

Bhatia

Anuj Bhatia

Undergraduate Student

(Works with Agi A. deCubas, PhD)

 

Brown

Whitney Brown

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Research Interest: Acetate metabolism clear cell renal cell carcinoma (with Zachary Bacigalupa)

Alumni                                             Where are they now?

Christie Chmieleki Sanford, DDS Dentist, Greensboro, NC
C. Lance Cowey Faculty, Baylor Sammons Cancer Center
Caroline Martz Lee, MD, PhD Faculty, Wash. University St. Louis
Courtney McGuire Yerxa, MS Genetic Counselor, Duke
Shufen Chen, MD, PhD Research Faculty, UNC
Tricia Wright, PhD Faculty, Salk Institute
Adam Sendor EM Resident, GA
Rose Brannon, PhD Senior Scientist, MKSCC

Neal Rassmusson, PhD

Postdoc, Texas A&M
Samira Brooks, PhD Postdoc, NIH
Alex Arreola, PhD Lab Corp, NJ
Kate Hacker, MD, PhD Urology Resident, UNC
Yun-Chen (Jeanne) Chiang, PhD Quintiles, Durham, NC
Heather Bethea Horne, PhD KBI Pharmaceuticals
Zufan Debebe, PhD KBI Pharmaceuticals
Armando Corona PhD program, Duke University
Jamie Weyandt, PhD Lab Corp, Durham,  NC
Esteban Terzo, PhD Lab Discovery, Cambridge, MA
Catherine Fahey, MD, PhD Medicine Resident, UPenn
Steven Norris, PhD Calico Life Sciences, CA
Andrew Zaninovich Medical Student, UVA
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

 

We participate in a number of training programs:  

T32CA119925 INTEGRATED BIOLOGICAL SYSTEMS TRAINING IN ONCOLOGY

T32CA009582 BIOCHEMICAL AND CHEMICAL TRAINING FOR CANCER RESEARCH

T32CA009592 MICROENVIRONMENTAL INFLUENCES IN CANCER

K12CA090625 VANDERBILT CLINICAL ONCOLOGY RESEARCH CAREER DEVELOPMENT AWARD

 

We are currently taking applications from interested postdoctoral candidates!  Please send CV and cover letter to Kim Rathmell: kimryn.rathmell@vumc.org