Four new senior faculty members have recently joined the University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center.
Richard Eckert, Ph.D., has been named as associate director for basic science at the Greenebaum Cancer Center. Dr. Eckert is the John F.B. Weaver Professor and Chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. He replaces Amy Fulton, Ph.D., who served in the role on an interim basis since the departure of Alan Tomkinson in 2011. Dr. Eckert is chair of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular, and will continue his departmental leadership as he takes on the scientific oversight for the Greenebaum Cancer Center. His research focuses on understanding how normal surface epithelial cells function to protect people from illnesses and how those cells are altered during disease states, including skin cancer.
Joanne Dorgan, Ph.D., M.P.H., has been appointed Professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Dorgan will lead Division of Cancer Epidemiology at the Greenebaum Cancer Center. Dr. Dorgan is an epidemiologist with particular expertise in molecular and nutritional epidemiology. She has a Ph.D. in Epidemiology from the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health, a M.P.H. in Nutrition from the University of North Carolina School of Public Health, and a B.S. in Biology from Cornell University. She did her post-doctoral training in Cancer Prevention and Control at the National Cancer Institute. .She comes to the University of Maryland from Fox Chase Cancer Center where she was an associate professor, and prior to that was an intramural investigator at the National Cancer Institute (NCI).
Soren Bentzen, M.Sc., Ph.D., D. Sc., has been appointed professor and director of the division of Biostatistics and Bioinformatics at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, as well as the director of the Greenebaum Cancer Center’s Biostatistics Shared Service. Dr. Bentzen comes to Maryland from the University of Wisconsin, where he was professor of human oncology, medical physics, and biostatistics and medical informatics. Dr. Bentzen is an international leader in translational and clinical quantitative oncology and has done extensive research in biomathematical modeling and applied biostatistics in relation to cancer.
Danilo Perrotti, M.D., Ph.D., a prominent leukemia researcher, has been appointed professor of Medicine University of Maryland School of Medicine. Dr. Perrotti comes to Maryland from Ohio State University, where he was associate professor of molecular virology, immunology and medical genetics. His research is aimed at assessing the molecular mechanisms leading to leukemic transformation of hematopoietic cells. Dr. Perrotti is a scholar of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.