Lab Team

Lab Team

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Himisha Beltran , M.D.
  • Associate Professor of Medicine
  • Director of Clinical and Translational Research at The Caryl and Israel Englander Institute for Precision Medicine
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Dr. Beltran, a medical oncologist and physician scientist, is Director of Clinical Activities at The Caryl and Israel Englander Institute for Precision Medicine. Dr. Beltran’s clinical specialty is the care of patients with prostate cancer. Her particular focus is next-generation genomic sequencing and integrative molecular analysis of advanced metastatic prostate tumors to develop precision cancer care and biomarker driven clinical trials. Her research has brought increased attention to identifying and targeting androgen receptor (AR) negative neuroendocrine prostate cancer, an aggressive subtype of prostate cancer. Dr. Beltran has developed novel biomarkers and a multi-institutional Phase 2 trial of a targeted therapy for patients with this form of prostate cancer.

She is developing a research program to study the RNA and DNA of neuroendocrine prostate cancer to learn how these cancers evolve, to identify molecular alterations to target with drugs, and develop clinical trials to bring new effective therapy to patients. Dr. Beltran is the recipient of numerous awards including a Prostate Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award, AACR Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award, and Damon Runyon Cancer Foundation Clinical Investigator Award.

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Michael Sigouros
  • Lab Manager
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Currently serves as the Laboratory, Research, and Project Manager at the Englander Institute for Precision Medicine (, where he leads cross-functional research platforms to achieve key program objectives.

Previously studied: 

Clonal evolution of castration resistant prostate adenocarcinoma (CRPC) to a neuroendocrine resistance phenotype through liquid biopsies

  • B.S. Tufts University
Phone: 646-962-7536
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Loredana Puca , Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Associate
Research Focus:

Developing patient derived organoids and PDXs from metastatic prostate cancer biopsies and rapid autopsies (CRPC and NEPC) as models to test novel therapies for Neuroendocrine prostate cancer

  • Ph.D. Institut Pasteur, Paris (France)
  • M.S. University of Naples "Federico II” (Italy)
  • B.S. University of Naples "Federico II” (Italy)
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Alison Ferguson , Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Associate
  • Ph.D. University of Sydney
  • Honours University of New South Wales
  • B.S. University of South Australia
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Vincenza Conteduca , M.D., Ph.D.
  • Visiting Fellow
Research Focus:

Plasma DNA characterization for discovery of biomarkers of response to cabazitaxel and other drugs in castration-resistant prostate cancer

  • Ph.D. University of Foggia (Italy)
  • M.D. University of Bari (Italy)
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Sheng-Yu Ku , Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Associate
Research Focus:

Use mouse models to investigate mechanisms of treatment-induced neuroendocrine differentiation in prostate cancer, and develop new therapeutic strategies to target this aggressive variant of prostate cancer.

  • Ph.D. State University of New York at Buffalo (Roswell Park Cancer Institute Division)
  • M.S. Kaohsiung Medical University (Taiwan)
  • B.S. Kaohsiung Medical University (Taiwan)
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Judy Hess
  • Research Technician I
  • B.S. Tufts University
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Morgan Pantuck
  • Research Technician I
Research Focus:

Utilizing the Nanostring platform to quantify mRNA expression levels of select genes, which may lead to new insights on the state of disease, novel therapeutic targets, and mechanisms underlying disease progression from prostate adenocarcinoma to neuroendocrine prostate cancer.

  • B.A. University of Chicago
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Noah Greco
  • Precision Medicine Program Manager
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PM clinical team management

  • B.A., M.B.A., Baruch College, New York
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Tessa Anne Chamberlain , M.S.
  • Research Nurse Practitioner
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Clinical team nurse practitioner

  • M.S. Columbia University
  • B.S. Providence College
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Victor Chan
  • Research Program Specialist
Clinical Focus:

Facilitates the enrollment processes, biological sample workflows, data management, and results reporting for EIPM Research Protocols. 


  • B.S., Fordham University, Bronx
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Mourad David
  • Data Control Assistant
Clinical Focus:

PM clinical data management

  • B.A., Miami University, Miami
Jyothi Manohar
  • Research Program Specialist
Clinical Focus:

Facilitates the enrollment processes, biological sample workflows, data management, and results reporting for EIPM Research Protocols. 

  • M.P.H. University of Michigan

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