Basic Science Research

Laboratory research in the Division of Pediatric Hematology and Oncology is conducted by two outstanding physician-scientists. The presence of these bench scientists on the Pediatric Hematology and Oncology faculty has greatly enhanced the Division’s visibility, both locally and nationally.

  • James Amatruda, M.D., Ph.D., conducts basic and translational research on childhood cancers, using a combination of human tumor genomics and innovative zebrafish genetic models. Lab website
  • Andrew Koh, M.D., is both a pediatric oncologist and infectious-disease specialist who has focused both his clinical and research interests on infections in the immunocompromised host. Lab website
Koh and Simms-Waldrip
Research assistant Laura Coughlin, seated, Dr. Andrew Koh, and Dr. Tiffany Simms-Waldrip use an anaerobic chamber as part of a study investigating how the gut’s bacteria defense system fights off Candida albicans infection. See news release.