Current Research Trainees
Catherine Beni, MD, PhD, 2019-2021
Dr. Beni is a research fellow in the T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Trauma and Burns under the guidance of Dr. Grant O’Keefe, Professor in the Division of Trauma, Burn, and Critical Care Surgery. Dr. Beni is focused on translational research for improving the precision of trauma resuscitation. She is working to characterize current resuscitation practices after trauma, with the goal of utilizing mathematical modeling to create decision-making tools and feedback-control algorithms for fluid resuscitation. She is also working on improving the evaluation of volume status in critically ill patients. She ultimately intends to pursue a fellowship in trauma and critical care.
Sara Daniel, MD, 2018-2020
Dr. Daniel is working with the newly created University of Washington Tumor Immunonology and Microenvironment (UW TIME) lab group, which comprises multiple faculty from the Departments of Surgery, Medicine, and Pathology. Building off previous work by lab members on the tumor slice culture model, Dr. Daniel’s primary focus is evaluating the effects of hypoxia on the cancer microenvironment, particularly the immunosuppressive effects exhibited by the stroma and infiltrating lymphocyte phenotypes. While immunotherapy has previously had limited effects on pancreatic adenocarcinoma and other solid tumors, a better understanding of the interactions between tumors as well as the spatial relationships and metabolism of cells in the tumor environment will allow combination immunotherapy to activate intratumoral T cells. She is also working on a clinical trial with her primary mentor, Dr. Venu Pillarisetty, evaluating the effects of a somatostatin analogue on leak rates after pancreatic surgery.
David Droullard, MD, 2019-2021
Dr. Droullard is a trainee in the NIDDK–funded T32 fellowship in Gastrointestinal Surgical Outcomes Research at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) under the direction of Dr. David Flum, Professor in the Division of General Surgery. He is interested in comparative effectiveness research and health systems and policy. His research will involve multiple areas of general surgery with a focus on the evidence-based management of diverticulitis. During his fellowship, Dr. Droullard will also complete a Master of Science in Public Health at the University of Washington with a focus on Health Services. He plans to ultimately pursue a fellowship in colorectal surgery and a career as an academic surgeon.
Dara Horn, MD, 2018-2020
Dr. Horn is a research fellow in the T32 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Trauma and Burns under the mentorship of Dr. Grant O’Keefe, Professor in the Division of Trauma, Burn, and Critical Care Surgery. She will be focused on translational research, applying advances in nutrition and metabolomics to improve the outcomes and care of critically ill and injured patients, and ultimately provide more personalized therapy options. During this time, Dr. Horn will also pursue a Master of Science degree in Epidemiology through the UW School of Public Health, with a focus on clinical research methods. After residency, she plans to pursue a fellowship in trauma and critical care.
Kevin Labadie, MD, 2018-2020
Dr. Labadie has two distinct projects relating to diagnosis and treatment of cancer of the digestive system under the mentorship of Drs. James Park, Associate Professor, Division of General Surgery and Venu Pillarisetty, Associate Professor, Division of General Surgery. With Dr. Park, he is developing an antibody–directed theranostic platform for diagnosis and treatment of Hepatocellular Carcinoma (HCC), the most common form of liver cancer. Their team has successfully conjugated an antibody specific to HCC to different radioisotopes including Zirconium–89 (Zr-89) and Yttrium–90 (Y-90) for immuno–positron emission tomographic imaging and cytotoxic radioimmunotherapy respectively. In an orthotopic xenograft tumor model, Dr. Labadie has demonstrated the ability to detect, treat and surveil tumors with the same antibody conjugated to Zr-89 or Y-90. Under mentorship of Dr.Venu Pillarisetty in the UW Tumor Immune Microenvironment (UW TIME) lab, Dr. Labadie is utilizing a tumor slice culture model to study the local immune microenvironment in pancreatic adenocarcinoma and colorectal liver metastasis with an emphasis on evaluating efficacy of genetically engineered macrophages to enhance antitumor immunity of tumor infiltrating leukocytes through production of interleukin-12.
Alex Lois, MD, 2019-2021
Dr. Lois is a trainee in the NIDDK-funded T32 fellowship in Gastrointestinal Surgical Outcomes Research at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) under the tutelage of Dr. David Flum, Professor in the Division of General Surgery. His research will span a variety of clinical areas including health systems and policy, surgical ethics, and examining patient reported outcomes in general and foregut surgery. Additionally, Dr. Lois will be enrolled at the University of Washington, completing a Master of Science degree with a focus in Epidemiology. This advanced coursework in quantitative and qualitative research methodology and data analysis will facilitate his ongoing research at SORCE and help prepare him for a future career as a physician scientist. Following residency Dr. Lois plans to complete a fellowship in minimally invasive and foregut surgery with the goal of continuing a career in academic surgery.
Jamie Oh, MD, 2019-2021
Dr. Oh is a research fellow in the NIH-funded T32 Post-doctoral Research Fellowship in Trauma and Burns under the direction of Principal Investigator Dr. Grant O’Keefe, Professor in the Division of Trauma, Burn, and Critical Care Surgery and Dr. Nicole Gibran, Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Education for Harborview Medical Center and Professor in the Division of Trauma, Burn, and Critical Care Surgery. Dr. Oh will focus on translational research involving animal models and human models for wound healing. He will be analyzing RNA sequence data to elucidate genetic influences on scarring and long term functional outcomes following burn injury. He will also work on clinical projects involving the burn registry, such as determining racial and socioeconomic determinants for outcomes after burn injury. During these two years, Dr. Oh will also be enrolled in the Masters of Science in Epidemiology program through the UW School of Public Health, focusing on clinical and translational research methods. He plans to ultimately pursue a fellowship in trauma, burns, and critical care.
Kavita Pandit, MD, 2018-2020
Dr. Pandit is a trainee in the NIDDK–funded T32 fellowship in Gastrointestinal Surgical Outcomes Research at the Surgical Outcomes Research Center (SORCE) under the direction of Dr. David Flum, Professor in the Division of General Surgery. Her research interests span multiple clinical areas, though she will focus on health disparities in surgical care across a variety of settings and populations. During this two year fellowship, Dr. Pandit will also be enrolled in the Master’s in Public Health program at the University of Washington with a focus on health services. This advanced coursework will help her develop knowledge of research methodology and data analysis. She plans to eventually pursue a fellowship and career in colorectal surgery.