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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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Shaveta Vinayak, MD

Director of Clinical Trials

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Andrew Coveler, MD

Associate Professor

Cancer Vaccine Institute Staff

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Tess Bayon

Fiscal Specialist

Administrative Staff

Jennifer Blume

UW Medicine Advancement
Director for Philanthropy

Administrative Staff

Denise Cecil, PhD

Principal Scientist

Research Staff

Rebecca Cheung

UW Medicine Advancement
Director for Corporate and Foundation Relations

Administrative Staff

Jennifer Childs

Director of Clinical Operations

Clinical Staff

Lauren Corulli

Director of Operations

Research Staff

Andrew Coveler, MD

Associate Professor, Division of Medical Oncology

Principal Investigator

Yushe Dang, PhD

Senior Scientist

Research Staff

Madeline Dennis, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow

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
American Cancer Society Clinical Research Professor

Principal Investigator

Will Gwin, MD

Assistant Professor

Principal Investigator

Katie Hitchcock-Bernhardt

Research Scientist II

Research Staff

David E. Johnson, PhD

Invent Scholar at Seattle Children’s Research Institute [Postdoc]

Research Staff

Katelyn Jones

Research Coordinator

Clinical Staff

Kris Kauno

Research Coordinator

Clinical Staff

Nicole Kretzer, MD, PhD

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

Brady Lucas

UW Medicine Advancement
Associate Director for Philanthropy

Administrative Staff

Doug Mounce

Grant Manager

Administrative Staff

Leila Okahata

Communications Coordinator

Administrative Staff

Marcy Paxtian

Student Assistant

Clinical Staff

Kevin Potts

Research Scientist II

Research Staff

Adam Prince

Research Scientist II

Research Staff

June Rambousek

Research Scientist II

Research Staff

Laura Riolobos, PhD

Assistant Professor

Principal Investigator

Erin Rodmaker

Research Scientist III

Research Staff

Danielle Renea Rodriguez

Research Scientist I

Research Staff

Huiyun Shen, PhD

Research Scientist III

Research Staff

Shaveta Vinayak, MD

Director of Clinical Trials

Principal Investigator

Xuanyu Wu

Student Assistant

Research Staff

Yi Yang

Research Scientist III

Research Staff

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