Meghan Ferrall-Fairbanks, PhD
Meghan is a Tampa native who got her first exposure to Moffitt Cancer Center through the summer Teen Volunteer Program. She got her undergraduate degree from the University of Florida in Mechanical Engineering. During that time, she spent two of her summers developing her passion for biomedical research as a Moffitt SPARK Intern in the Biomedical Informatics Department with Dr. Steven Eschrich. Upon graduation, Meghan started her PhD in Biomedical Engineering at Georgia Tech and Emory University in Atlanta. There, under the mentorship of Dr. Manu Platt, she used computational methods to tease apart complex enzyme-on-enzyme interactions in intricate proteolytic networks upregulated in tissue destructive disease. In August 2017, Meghan returned to Moffitt as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Integrated Mathematical Oncology Department under the supervision of Dr. Philipp Altrock. Now her research focuses on using mathematical modeling to study single cell heterogeneity and clonal hematopoiesis in cancer. Outside of her research, Meghan is an avid Florida Gators football fan and enjoys spending time playing with her poodles, crafting, and curling.
Gregory Kimmel, PhD
Born and raised in NYC, Gregory moved to Florida with his parents before his senior year of high school, and went to the University of Florida for undergrad. He then moved back to NYC for a year teaching chess and mathematics. Later, He went to Northwestern University, where he received his PhD in applied mathematics. Gregory now works in Dr. Altrock’s lab at IMO, where his work focuses on developing mechanistic models of tumor ecology using evolutionary game theory, to explain cancer progression and cancer treatment. When Gregory is not working, he enjoys playing racketball, beach volleyball and chess.
Rutgers University honors thesis student
Brian is an undergraduate student with one year left at Rutgers University in New Jersey. A physics major, Brian recently developed an interest in quantitative biology after taking an elective course offered at Rutgers. He started working at in the lab as a SPARK intern, and is currently working on his honors thesis on tumor public good (growth factor) adaptive dynamics. In this project he focuses on the emergence and stability of heterogeneity in tumors using evolutionary game theory and adaptive dynamics approaches. Outside of work, he enjoys surfing and running.
Ashley Kelly, 2017 (Palm Harbor University High, now University of Florida)
Yixuan He, 2018 (Dartmouth College, now Harvard University)
Blake Bridge, 2018 (Tampa Preparatory School, now Yale University)