Medical and Scientific Advisory Board

Emad Salman, M.D.

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Golisano Children's Hospital

of Southwest Florida

Dr. Salman is the Medical Director of Hematology and Oncolgy at the Golisano Children's Hospital of Southwest Florida, the only comprehensive children’s hospital between St. Petersburg and Miami, Florida. Dr. Salman specializes in treating blood cancers and other blood disorders as well as vascular disorders in children and adolescents. He is Board Certified in Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Pediatrics.

Stella Somiari, Ph.D.

Senior Director

Windber Research Institute

Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine

Dr. Somiari is Senior Director of the Research Specimen Repository at Windber Research Institute (WRI), now the Chan Soon-Shiong Institute of Molecular Medicine. As a research pioneer, she led the conceptualization, design, and procedures for WRI's world-class biorepository which manages the collection, storage, and distribution of extremely high quality biological specimens for breast cancer and cardiovascular disease research. Her laboratory provides specimens and support for the National Cancer Institute’s (NCI) Cooperative Human Tissue Network (CHTN), the NCI’s Cancer Genome Atlas Project (TCGA), the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, and the U.S. Military Cancer Institute. She has served as Associate Editor and contributor to the International Society of Biological and Environmental Repositories (ISBER) Best Practices publication.

Ciaran Mannion, M.D.

Chair, Department of Pathology

Gynecologic and Breast Pathology, Cytopathology

Hackensack University Medical Center

Dr. Mannion is the Chair of the Department of Pathology at Hackensack University Medical Center, a 685-bed medical and surgical facility consistently ranked among the best hospitals in the New York metro area and nationally. He received his medical degree from National University of Ireland, Galway, completed his residency at Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and completed a fellowship in cytopathology at Albert Einstein Montefiore Medical Center. He has been in practice for over 25 years and is Board Certified in both Anatomic Pathology & Clinical Pathology and Cytopathology.

Clifton Dalgard, Ph.D.

Genomics Core Director

Collaborative Health Initiative Research Program (CHIRP)

Uniformed Services University

Dr. Dalgard directs the genomics laboratory for the Collaborative Health Initiative Research Program (CHIRP), a precision medicine-based collaboration between the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Department of Defense (DoD). He is also a tenure-track assistant professor in the department of Anatomy, Physiology, and Genetics at Uniformed Services University in Bethesda, Maryland. He teaches in the School of Medicine as well as the Molecular and Cell Biology and Neuroscience Graduate Programs. He is the principle investigator for research programs focused on neuroinflammation in traumatic brain injury, inflammation in cystic fibrosis, and drug discovery in molecular oncology.

Sarah F. Torres, MLS (ASCP)

Biological Scientist

US Army Public Health Command-Pacific (P) JBLM

Public Health Laboratory

Ms. Torres is the lead molecular biologist in vector-borne diseases for the US Army Public Health Command-Pacific (Provisional) Public Health Laboratory at Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington. She also serves as director of both clinical and biodefense laboratory staff as a Biomedical Science Laboratory Officer in the US Air Force Reserves. Mrs. Torres is an active contributor in current research initiatives such as genome-informed healthcare studies with the Coriell Personalized Medicine Collaborative (CPMC) and Air Force Patient-Centered Precision Care Research (PC2-Z) partnership as well as molecular biosurveillance capabilities for public health threats with the Joint Program Executive Office for Chemical and Biological Defense (JPEO-CBD) Global Biosurveillance Technology Initiative (GBTI).



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