Wicha Lab personnel


Principal Investigator

Dr Max Wicha

Max S. Wicha, M.D., Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Director, University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center, Distinguished Professor of Oncology. 

As founding director of the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Wicha is responsible for coordinating all cancer activities related to research and patient care.  Dr. Wicha is nationally known for his research in the field of breast oncology. His lab was part of the team that first discovered stem cells in breast cancer, the first described in any human solid tumor.  Since then, Dr. Wicha has become one of the leading experts on cancer stem cells. Dr. Wicha is also active as a clinician, specializing in the treatment of breast cancer patients. 

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Senior Research Supervisor

Shawn G. Clouthier, M.S., Experimental Breast Cancer Senior Research Supervisor; Adminstrative Director, Cancer Stem Cell Program.

Dr. Clouthier has more than fifteen years' experience conducting and facilitating Oncology research, and has published extensively in the fields of organic biogeochemistry, bioethics, bone marrow transplantation, immunology and breast cancer therapeutics. He works closely with the Business Development Office to prepare master research agreements and contracts with industry partners. In addition, Shawn serves as the Administrative Director of the Cancer Stem Cell Program at the North Campus Research Complex.

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Research Faculty

Monika Burness
Miao He
Hui Jiang
Suling Liu
Ming Luo
Sean McDermott
Yongyou Zhu

Post-doctoral and Medical Research Fellows

Michael Brooks
Yu-Chih Chen
Yadwinder Deol
Ramdane Harouaka
Leo Hernandez
Juliana Laino do Val Carneiro
Yajing "Bonnie" Liu

Graduate and Medical Students

Joe Burnett
Joe Burnett
Evelyn Jiagge
Albert Lin
Hayley Paholak
Aida Sarmiento-Castro


Research Technicans

Li Shang
Shamileh Fouladdel
Kaitlin Harvey
Rachel Martin-Trevino
Li Shang


Undergraduate Researchers and Volunteers: Alex Fox, Shalini Kota, Fatou Ndaw, Kelsey Kerr, Cailyn D'Haem, Rachana Gudipudi, Camara Anderson, Faezeh Azizi, Farzaneh Azizi, Allison David, Brittany Flores, Gabrielle Hodges, Sarah Remer, Jasmine Yousif

Collaborators and foreign scholars

Wicha Lab Alumni

Administrative Support Staff:

Tahra Luther
Denise Poirier Leblanc

Tahra Luther
Assistant Lab Manager
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Denise Poirier
Executive Assistant

Courtney LeBlanc
Research Assistant