Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics

The Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics research program at Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University develops novel therapeutic approaches for the detection and treatment of cancer.

Led by Haian Fu, PhD and Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD, the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics program aims to facilitate molecular target-based cancer drug discovery, biomedical technology and clinical trials for therapeutic development.

Members of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics program work collaboratively on the next generation of anti-cancer innovations and help move these advances from the lab to the clinic. The program includes basic scientists who identify new anti-cancer targets, translational researchers who refine these discoveries for clinical application, and physicians who treat patients with promising new cancer therapies and techniques.

Collaboration is a key component of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics program’s successful drug development pipeline. An important priority of the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics program is to support activities, resources and opportunities that foster collaboration and serve the multi-disciplinary research interests of its members.

The Discovery and Development Therapeutics research program at Winship Cancer Institute develops and recruits expertise focused on four specific interconnected themes.

The four central themes include:

Drug Discovery: focuses on the discovery of new agents and new therapeutic combinations to more effectively treat cancer.

Imaging: focuses on developing new cancer imaging probes with diagnostic, prognostic, and therapeutic significance.

Immunotherapy: focuses on cancer vaccine discovery, immunotherapeutics that enhance the effectiveness of cancer therapeutics, and strategies to suppress unwanted immune responses in bone marrow transplantation patients.

Developmental Therapeutics: focuses on the design and conduct of innovative clinical trials, bringing discoveries made in the lab into safe and effective clinical practice.

Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics program members are continuously publishing landmark research in high-impact scientific journals.

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To learn more about the Discovery and Developmental Therapeutics research program at Winship Cancer Institute, please contact: 

Margaret Johns at (404) 727-1335 or Olga Rivera at (404) 727-5983

Visit the Emory University's Cancer Biology Graduate Program website to learn about outstanding training opportunities in every aspect of cancer research, from basic to translational.

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Haian Fu, PhD

Haian Fu, PhD

Leader, Discovery & Developmental Therapeutics Program
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Dr. Fu leads a research program which is the primary driver of discovery and evaluation of novel therapeutic options for cancer patients at Winship.

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Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD

Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD

Co-Leader, Discovery & Developmental Therapeutics Program
Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University

Nationally recognized for his research, Dr. Ramalingam has developed individualized therapies for patients with small cell and non-small cell lung cancer.

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Rafi Ahmed, PhD
Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immuniology, Emory University School of Medicine
Arif N. Ali, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Zaid Al-Kadhimi, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology , Emory University School of Medicine
John D. Altman, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Emory University School of Medicine
ARM Ruhul Amin, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Jack Arbiser, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Dermatology , Emory University School of Medicine
Martha Arellano , MD
Associate Program Director of the Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Training Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
William F. Auffermann, PhD, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Division of Cardiothoracic Imaging, Emory University School of Medicine
Jonathan J. Beitler, MD, MBA, FACR, FASTRO
Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Ravi V. Bellamkonda, PhD
Professor and The Wallace H. Coulter Chair, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Charlie Garnett Benson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Biology, Georgia State University
Chris Bergstrom, MD, OD
Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine
David Berkowitz, MD
Director, Interventional Pulmonology Program, Emory University Hospital Midtown
Simon Blakey, PhD
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Kenneth Cardona, MD, FACS
Co-Chair Gastrointestinal Oncology Working Group, Emory University Hospital Midtown
Bradley Carthon, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Georgia Chen, PhD
Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Zhengjia (Nelson) Chen, PhD
Associate Research Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health, Emory University
John F. Codington, PhD
Senior Researcher Associate , Emory's Whitehead Biomedical Research Building
Jonathon B. Cohen, MD, MS
Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Michael Cohen, MD, FACR
Director, Division of Breast Imaging, Emory Healthcare
Ian Copland, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, FACR
Executive Director, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Huw M. L. Davies, PhD
Asa Griggs Candler Professor, Department of Chemistry, Emory University
Jiusheng Deng, PhD
Instructor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Xingming Deng, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Scott Edelman, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Eric S. Elder, PhD
Interim Director of Medical Physics, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Bassel El-Rayes, MD
Associate Director for Clinical Research, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Baowei Fei, PhD, EngD
Associate Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Department of Biomedical Engineering, Emory University School of Medicine
Lisa Flowers, MD
Director of Colposcopy Services, Grady Cancer Center
Haian Fu, PhD
Leader, Discovery & Developmental Therapeutics Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Manila Gaddh, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Anthony A. Gal, MD
Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Jacques Galipeau, MD, FRCP(C)
Co-Director Tumor Immunology-Immunotherapy, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Cynthia Giver, PhD
Instructor, Research Track , Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Karen Godette, MD
Medical Director, Emory University Hospital Midtown
Mark M. Goodman, PhD
Professor, Radiology, Psychiatry and Hematology and Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Alan N. Gordon, MD
Director, Division of Gynecologic Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute
Raghuveer K. Halkar, MD
Professor, Department of Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine
Wayne B. Harris , MD
Assistant Chief of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
R. Donald Harvey, PharmD, FCCP BCOP
Director, Phase I Clinical Trials Section , Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Natalyn Hawk, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Bruce Hershatter, MD, FACR
Medical Director, Radiation Oncology, Atlanta Veterans Affairs Medical Center
Kristin Higgins, MD
Assistant Professor and Medical Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
G. Baker Hubbard III, MD
Thomas M. Aaberg Sr. Chair in Ophthalmology, Emory University School of Medicine
Patricia A. Hudgins, MD, FACR
Director, Head and Neck Radiology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Adriana Ioachimescu, MD, PhD, FACE
Associate Professor, Departments of Medicine and Neurosurgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Muta M. Issa, MD, FACS, MBA
Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
Nathan T. Jui, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Emory University
Jonathan L. Kaufman, MD
Medical Director of the Ambulatory Infusion Centers, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Mohammad K. Khan, MD, PhD, DABR
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Faisal Khosa, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
H. Jean Khoury, MD
Director, Division of Hematology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Fadlo R. Khuri, MD, FACP
Deputy Director, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Darren Kies, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
David Kooby, MD
Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Jeanne Kowalski, PhD
Director, Biostatistics and Bioinformatics Shared Resource, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Omer Kucuk, MD
Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Ragini Kudchadkar, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
David H. Lawson, MD
Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Mary Jo Lechowicz, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Shiyong Li, MD, PhD, FASCP
Director, Flow Cytometry Laboratory, Emory Medical Laboratory, Emory University Hospital
Tian Liu, PhD, DABR
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Yuan Liu, PhD, MS
Assistant Research Professor, Department of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics, Rollins School of Public Health of Emory University
Sagar Lonial, MD
Professor and Vice Chair of Clinical Affairs, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Shishir K. Maithel , MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Division of Surgical Oncology, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Karen P. Mann, MD, PhD
Director, Molecular Hematopathology, Emory University Hospital
Hui Mao, PhD
Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine
Claire M. Mazewski, MD
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Carolyn C. Meltzer, MD, FACR
William P. Timmie Professor and Chair, Department of Radiology, Emory University School of Medicine
Ganji Purnachandra Nagaraju, MS, PhD
Instructor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology , Emory University School of Medicine
Shuming Nie, PhD
Wallace H. Coulter Distinguished Chair Professor in Biomedical Engineering, Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology
Peter Nieh, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
Kenneth Ogan, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Urology, Emory University School of Medicine
Jeffrey J. Olson, MD
Director, Clinically-related Neuro-oncology Laboratory, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Taofeek Owonikoko, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Nelson M. Oyesiku, MD, PhD, FACS
Director, Laboratory of Molecular Neurosurgery and Biotechnology, Emory University School of Medicine
Suchita Pakkala, MD
Clinical Instructor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Elisavet Paplomata, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Pretesh Patel, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
John G. Pattaras, MD, FACS
Chief of Urology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
Rebecca Pentz, PhD
Professor of Hematology and Oncology in Research Ethics, Emory University School of Medicine
Allan Pickens, MD
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Rathi Pillai, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Suresh S. Ramalingam, MD
Co-Leader, Discovery & Developmental Therapeutics Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
William Read, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Chad W. Ritenour, MD
Associate Chief Medical Officer, Emory University Hospital
John D. Roback, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Justin Roper, PhD, DABR
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Steven Roser, MD, DMD, FACS
DeLos Hill Professor of Oral Surgery and Chief, Division of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Peter Rossi, MD
Medical Director, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory Saint Joseph's Hospital
Nabil F. Saba, MD, FACP
Chief of Head and Neck Oncology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Rein Saral, MD
Professor Emeritus, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Juan M. Sarmiento, MD, FACS
Associate Professor, Division of General and GI Surgery, Department of Surgery, Emory University School of Medicine
Eduard Schreibmann, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Jay Shelton, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Dong Moon Shin, MD, FACP
Associate Director for Academic Development, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Mamoru Shoji , MD
Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Gabriel Sica, MD, PhD
Co-Director, Cancer Tissue and Pathology Core, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Momin T. Siddiqui, MD
Professor, Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, Emory University School of Medicine
Charles A. Staley, MD
Associate Director for Clinical Affairs, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
William Torres, MD, FACR
Chief, Department of Radiology, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Jeffrey M. Vainshtein, MD
Instructor, Clinical Track, Department of Radiation Oncology, Emory University School of Medicine
Alfredo Voloschin, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology , Emory University School of Medicine
Edmund K. Waller, MD, PhD, FACP
Director, Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplant Program, Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University
Emily Weinert, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Chemistry, Emory University
Cynthia Wetmore, MD, PhD
Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Research, Emory+Children's Pediatric Research Center
Field F. Willingham, MD, MPH
Director of Endoscopy, Division of Digestive Disease, Emory University School of Medicine
Keqiang Ye , PhD
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Shaojin You, PhD
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Emory University School of Medicine