Meet the Cancer Vaccine Institute Team

The Cancer Vaccine Institute is a group of multidisciplinary investigators who work to support a comprehensive research effort that evaluates the role of the immune system in modulating cancer, while developing novel therapies that will impact the lives of people with the disease.

Principal Investigators

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Will Gwin, MD

Assistant Professor

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John Liao, MD, PhD

Associate Professor

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Laura Riolobos, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Andrew Coveler, MD

Interim Dir, Clinical Trials

Cancer Vaccine Institute Staff

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Rebecca Allen

UW Medicine Advancement
Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations

Administrative Staff

Tess Bayon

Fiscal Specialist

Administrative Staff

Ryan Brennan

Research Scientist

Research Staff

Kellie Burton

Research Nurse

Clinical Staff

Denise Cecil, PhD

Principal Scientist

Research Staff

Christine Chan

UW Medicine Advancement
Director for Philanthropy, Cancer

Administrative Staff

Jennifer Childs

Director of Clinical Operations

Clinical Staff

Lauren Corulli

Director of Research Operations

Research Staff

Andrew Coveler, MD

Interim Director of Clinical Trials
Associate Professor, Division of Medical Oncology

Principal Investigator

Yushe Dang, PhD

Senior Scientist

Research Staff

Kiran Dhillon, PhD

Executive Director

Administrative Staff

Mary (Nora) Disis, MD

CVI Director
Associate Dean, Translational Science
Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Pathology and Obstetrics and Gynecology
Helen B. Slonaker Endowed Professorship for Cancer Research

Principal Investigator

Ivy Doan

Research Scientist

Research Staff

Nicholas Drovetto

Lab Manager

Research Staff

Lucia Flores-Wiseman

Communications Assistant

Administrative Staff

Will Gwin, MD

Assistant Professor

Principal Investigator

Doreen Higgins

Research Nurse

Clinical Staff

Katie Hitchcock-Bernhardt

Research Scientist

Research Staff

Kris Kauno

Research Coordinator

Clinical Staff

Maggie Keelan

UW Medicine Advancement
Assistant Vice President, School of Medicine and Cancer Philanthropy

Administrative Staff

Nicole Kretzer

Acting Instructor
Division of Medical Oncology
Division of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Research Staff

John Liao, MD, PhD

Associate Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology

Principal Investigator

Ying Liu, PhD

Biostatistician

Research Staff

Doug Mounce

Grant Manager

Administrative Staff

Carissa Pityer

Research Scientist

Research Staff

Laura Riolobos, PhD

Assistant Professor

Principal Investigator

Erin Rodmaker

Research Scientist

Research Staff

Hollie Seiler

UW Medicine Advancement
Associate Director for Philanthropy, Cancer

Administrative Staff

Cheryn Simpson

Research Scientist

Research Staff

Yi Yang

Research Scientist

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