Melanoma Center - Membership

Gavin P. Robertson, Ph.D., Director

Professor of Pharmacology, Pathology, Dermatology, and Surgery, Director, Melanoma Therapeutics Program, Director, Foreman Foundation Melanoma Research Laboratory

Area(s) of interest:  Experimental Therapeutics Agent development for treatment of Melanoma, Apoptosis, Metastasis, Nanotechnologies, Liposomes, and RNAI

Rogerio I. Neves, M.D., Ph.D., Deputy Director

Professor of Surgery, Dermatology, Pharmacology and Medicine Director, Cutaneous Oncology Program, Clinical Science Leader, Melanoma Therapeutics Program

Area(s) of interest: Cutaneous oncology, including prevention, diagnosis, treatment and research of melanoma, cutaneous sarcomas and other skin cancers. 

Colette Pameijer, M.D., Associate Director for Translational Research

Associate Professor of Surgery

Area(s) of interest: Melanoma, miRNA profiling, Sentinal node imaging and Regional therapy for advanced malignancies.

Bryan Anderson, M.D.,  Associate Director of Oncologic Dermatology

Associate Professor of Dermatology

Area(s) of interest: Contact Dermatitis, Psoriasis, Cutaneous T-Cell Lymphoma, and Melanoma

Genevieve Ann (Ambrose) Andrews, M.D.,  Associate Director for Surgical Oncology

Assistant Professor of Surgery

Areas of interest: Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

Joseph Drabick, M.D., Associate Director for Translational Oncology

Professor of Medicine

Area(s) of interest:  Melanoma and Clinical trials

Edward Fox, M.D., Associate Director for Bone and Soft Tissue Sarcomas

Associate Professor

Area(s) of interest: Orthopaedic Surgery Musculoskeletal Oncology

Klaus Helm, M.D., Associate Director of Dermatopathology

Professor of Dermatology

Area(s) of interest: Dermatopathology

Heath Mackley, M.D., Associate Director for Radiation Oncology

Assistant Professor of Radiology/Radiation Oncology

Area(s) of interest: Head and Neck malignancies, Gastrointestinal malignancies, Gynecologic malignancies, Cutaneous malignancies, Sarcomas, Population research, Advanced Radiation Technologies, Radio-surgery.

James Adair, Ph.D

Professor of Material Sciences

Area(s) of interest:  Material Sciences.

Shantu Amin, PH.D

Professor of Pharmacology

Director of Organic Core Synthesis

Area(s) of interest:  Developing syntheses and providing cancer related chemical carcinogens and chemopreventive agents.

Keith Cheng,M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and Pharmacology

Area(s) of interest: Fundamental genetic and molecular mechanisms that cause cancer, basic mechanisms underlying the relationship between human skin pigmentation and cancer.

Gary Clawson, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pathology

Area(s) of interest:  Early changes in Carcinogenesis. 

Dhimant Desai, PH.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Areas(s) of interest:  Structural activity relationship of organic chemopreventive and chemotherapeutic agents against cancers of colon, lung, melanoma, and leukemia.

Cheng Dong, Ph.D.

Professor of Bioengineering

Area(s) of interest:  Tumor Micro-environment leukocytes and endothelial immune functions which effect Cancer Metastasis. Micro-hemodynamics, cell adhesion and signaling.  

Adam Glick, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Department of Veterinary and Biomedical Sciences

Area(s) of interest: Molecular mechanisms and signaling pathways that regulate progression of squamous tumors from a benign to malignant phenotype. He also works on analysis of the tumor suppressor and oncogenic roles of Transforming Growth Factor Beta in multistage skin carcinogenesis using novel transgenic and knockout mouse models. 

Anna Leung, M.D.

Assistant Professor of Surgery, Department of Surgery

Area(s) of Interest: Melanoma immunotherapeutics, Cytoreductive surgery,Management of advanced malignancies
Clinical trial design

Achuthamangalam Madhankumar, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Neurosurgery

Area(s) of interest: Nanotechnology and Neuroscience

Kimberly Mallett, Ph.D.

Clinical Director: Bio-behavioral Health

Area(s) of interest: Targeted therapies for brain tumors and other neuro-degenerative diseases.

Craig Meyers, Ph.D

Distinguished Professor of Microbiology and Immunology 

Area(s) of interest:  Immunology and microbiology

Cindy Naret, B.A.


Director, Clinical Trial Office, Penn State Hershey Cancer Institute


Area(s) of interest: Clinical Trials.

Changagalu D. Raghavendragowda, Ph.D.

Research Associate

Area(s) of interest: Melanoma Targets, Drugs and Delivery System.

Todd Schell, Ph. D.

Associate Professor Microbiology and Immunology

Area(s) of interest: T lymphocyte mediated control of cancer, vaccine strategies, T lymphocyte tolerance.

Elizabeth Seiverling, M.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Dermatology

Area(s) of interest:  Early detection of Melanoma using Dermoscopy.

Arati Sharma, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Pharmacology

Area(s) of interest:  Melanoma Targets, Drugs and Delivery System. 

Arun Sharma, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Pharmacology

Area(s) of interest:  Development of novel molecules for cancer therapy and prevention, in vitro and in vivo testing.

Jianxun Song, Ph.D

Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology


Area(s) of interest: Co-stimulation in T lymphocyte memory and Immune cell differentiation from induced pluripotent stem cells

Robert Turrisi, Ph.D.

Director: Bio-behavioral Health

Area(s) of interest:  His research focus is in the application of psychological theories of behavioral decision-making and multivariate statistical modeling to adolescent health issues and family relationships. Dr. Turrisi also has an interest in brief interventions to prevent substance abuse and cancer.

Hong-Gang Wang, Ph.D

Lois High Berstler Professor of Pharmacology

Area(s) of interest: Understanding the fundamental mechanisms that control apoptosis and autophagy in the context of oncogenesis. 

Yanming Wang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 

Area(s) of interest:  Epigenetic histone modifications in cell differentiation and cancer.

Jin-Ming Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Professor of Pharmacology


Area(s) of interest: The molecular determinants of sensitivity/resistance to anticancer treatments and the signal transduction alteration in malignant cells during cancer progression.

Qing Yang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Radiology

Area(s):  Brain mapping with functional MRI, In vivo pathological evaluation of Alzheimer's disease with quantitative MRI.

Siyang Zheng, Ph.D

Dorothy Quiggle Assistant Professor of Bioengineering


Area(s) of interest:  BioMEMS and Nanotechnology.