Scientific Advisory Board

Donald M. McDonald, MD, PhD
Dr. McDonald is on the faculty of the University of California – San Francisco, where he is a member of UCSF Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center, Investigator in the Cardiovascular Research Institute, and Professor of Anatomy.
Research in his laboratory is examining the cellular mechanisms of blood vessel remodeling, angiogenesis, and lymphangiogenesis in mouse models of inflammation and cancer.

Mariano Barbacid, Ph.D.
Dr. Mariano Barbacid got his Ph.D. in Madrid (1974) and trained as a postdoctoral fellow at the US National Cancer Institute. In 1978 he started his own research group to study the molecular events responsible for the development of human tumors.
His work, along with that of the Weinberg and Wigler labs, led in the spring of 1982 to the isolation of the first human oncogene (H-Ras) and to the subsequent identification of the first mutation associated with the development of human cancer.

Silvia Giordano, MD, PhD
Dr. Silvia Giordano is Full Professor of Histology and Embryology, University of Torino (Italy) and Group Leader at Candiolo Cancer Institute, Candiolo (Torino), Italy. She did receive her M.D. in 1985 M.D. at the University of Torino (Italy), her Ph.D. in 1991 at La Sapienza Medical School (Italy) in Morphogenetic and Cytological Sciences, in 1993 she finished the Residency in Hematology at the University of Modena Medical School (Italy).

Véronique Orian-Rousseau, PhD
Prof. Dr. Véronique Orian-Rousseau graduated from the University of Strasbourg, France. She did her PhD in the laboratory of Patricia Simon-Assmann, INSERM U381, Strasbourg, France working on the role of laminins in the morphogenesis and differentiation of the intestine. Her PhD degree in Cell and Molecular Biology was obtained in 1997. In 1997, she joined the lab of Helmut Ponta, Forschungszentrum Karlsruhe, Germany as a postdoctoral fellow. In 2003, she obtained a group leader position at the Institute of Toxicology and Genetics, Karlsruhe Institute of Technology, Germany.