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Current Fellows



Fourth Year Fellows (PSTP Program)

Shiruyeh Schokrpur, MD, PhD

PSTP Program

Hometown: Fresno, CA

Medical School: University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

IM Residency: University of California, San Diego

PhD Program: University of California, Los Angeles David Geffen School of Medicine

What is your favorite part of UCSD fellowship? The variety of patient experiences among clinical sites, including seeing patients on clinical trial at Moores Cancer Center.

Research and Career Interests: I am very interested in a career in translational medicine and this guides my current research interests. These focus on developing new ways to enhance immunotherapy responses. I am also interested in developing new predictive markers to guide clinical use of immunotherapy. I am currently mentored by Dr. Silvio Gutkind in the Department of Pharmacology and Dr. Sandip Patel in the department of Hematology and Oncology. 

Posters/Presentations/Publications 

  • Kelly K, Chen S, Eldredge JB, Benjamin DJ, Patel SP, Mulroy MC, Tabbara N, Sharp J, Chan J, Cummings AL, Daly ME, Goldman JW, Gubens MA, Harris JP, Onaitis MW, Schokrpur S, and Zhu VW. Role of Chemotherapy Plus Immune Checkpoint Inhibition in Oncogenic Driven Lung Cancer:A University of California Lung Cancer Consortium Retrospective Study. 2021 ASCO Annual Meeting; 2021 June 4-8; Chicago, IL.
  • Hu J*, Schokrpur S*, et al. A Non-integrating lentiviral Approach Overcomes Cas9-Induced Immune Rejection to Establish an Immunocompetent Metastatic Renal Cancer Model. Molecular Therapy – Methods & Clinical Development. 2018 Jun 15; 9:203-10. 
  • Schokrpur S, et al. Syncope with a Sinister Source: An Extremely Rare Presentation of a Mediastinal Liposarcoma. Accepted for poster presentation at the American Thoracic Society International Conference 2018; 2018 May 18-21; San Diego, CA.
Hobbies: Exploring restaurants and breweries, hiking and beaches.



Third Year Fellows (Class of 2023)

Jeremy Chang, MD

Hometown: Moraga, CA

Medical School: University of California, San Diego School of Medicine

IM Residency: Los Angeles County & University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA

What is your favorite part of UCSD fellowship? The supportive program leadership and all of my wonderful co-fellows! Also being able to live in beautiful San Diego.

Research and Career Interests: I am primarily interested in clinical research for solid tumors and hoping to pursue a career at an academic institution.

Posters/Presentations/Publications 

  • Chang, J.S., Douer, D., Aldoss, I., Vahdani, G., Jeong, A.R., Ghaznavi, Z., Zhang, S.S., Yaghmour, G., Lee, K.J., Weissman, A., & Akhtari, M. Combination chemotherapy plus dasatinib leads to comparable overall survival and relapse-free survival rates as allogeneic hematopoietic stem cell transplantation in Philadelphia positive acute lymphoblastic leukemia. Cancer Medicine. 2019, Jun; 8(6): 2832-2839.
  • Chang, J.S., Hsiao, M., Blodget, E., & Akhtari, M. Increased risk of 100-day and 1-year infection-related mortality and complications in haploidentical stem cell transplantation. Journal of Blood Medicine. 2019, May; 10(1): 135-143.
  • Chang, J.S., Tran, J., Kamel, D., & Basu, A. Nivolumab-induced hypophysitis leading to hypopituitarism and secondary empty sella syndrome in a patient with non-small cell lung cancer. BMJ Case Reports. 2019, Mar; 12(3): e228135.
  • Chang, J.S., Kwan, B., Panjwani, N., Villanueva, N., Diamond, S., Wong-Sefidan, I., & Muchmore, E. Prostate adenocarcinoma metastases to the testis and brain: case report and review of the literature. Oxford Medical Case Reports. 2017, Aug; 2017(8): 142–144.
  • Castro, J.E., Choi, M.Y., Carvajal, T., Almahasnah, E., Chang, J.S., James, D.F., & Kipps, T.J. Ofatumumab and high-dose methylprednisolone for the treatment of patients with relapsed or refractory chronic lymphocytic leukemia. Blood Cancer Journal. 2014, Nov; 4(11): 258.

Hobbies Traveling, cooking steak, swimming, NBA basketball

Michael Dennis, MD

Hometown: Danville, NH

Medical school: Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine

IM Residency: Boston University/Boston Medical Center, Boston MA

What is your favorite part of UCSD fellowship? My favorite part of the fellowship is the people I interact with on a regular basis (faculty, fellows, nursing, support staff, and patients). It also helps that we are located in a beautiful warm climate.

Research and Career Interests: I am interested in clinical research. I want to work at an academic center after fellowship, specializing in either thoracic or genitourinary oncology.

Posters/Presentations/Publications 

  • Hildebrand L, Pierce C, Dennis M, Paracha M, Maoz A. "Artificial Intelligence for Histology-Based Detection of Microsatellite Instability and Prediction of Response to Immunotherapy in Colorectal Cancer." Cancers (Jan., 2021).
  • Gupta V, Dennis M, Ko N. "Identifying Actionable Causes of Potentially Avoidable Readmissions to an Oncology Service at a Safety Net Hospital." JCO Oncology Practice (March 2021)
  • Dennis M, Maoz A, Cirstea D, Lerner A, Patel A, Sarosiek S. "Treatment Disparities in Minority Groups with Multiple Myeloma at a Large Safety-Net Hospital." Leukemia and Lymphoma (May, 2020).
  • White P, Dennis M, Jone E, Weinberg J, Sarosiek S. "Risk Factors for the Development of Hypocalcemia in Cancer Patients Treated with Bone Modifying Agents." JNCCN (Apr., 2020). 
  • Dcona MM, Damle PK, Zarate-Perez F, Morris BL, Nawaz Z, Dennis M, Deng X, Korwar S, Singh S, Ellis KC, Royer WE, Bandyopadhyay D, Escalante C, Grossman SR. "Active-site tryptophan, the target of anti-neoplastic CtBP inhibitors, mediates inhibitor disruption of CtBP oligomerization and transcription coregulatory activities." Molecular Pharmacology (2019). 
  • Dennis M, Maoz A, Hughes D, Sanchorawala V, Sloan JM, Sarosiek S. "Bortezomib ocular toxicities: Outcomes with ketotifen." Am J Hematol (2019). DOI: 10.1002/ajh.25382.
  • Maoz A, Dennis M, Greenson J. "The Crohn's-like lymphoid reaction to colorectal cancer - tertiary lymphoid structures with immunologic and potentially therapeutic relevance in colorectal cancer." Frontiers in Immunology (2019). 
  • Qiao S, Dennis M, Song X, Vadysirisack DD, Salunke D, Nash Z, Yang Z, Liesa M, Yoshioka J, Matsuzawa S, Shirihai OS, Lee RS, Reed JC, Ellisen LW. "A REDD1/TXNIP pro-oxidant complex regulates ATG4B activity to control stress-induced autophagy and sustain exercise capacity." Nature Communications (2015). 

Hobbies I am married and have a daughter. We love spending time at the beach, at the zoo, and exploring local parks. I also like fishing, boating, and sports. I am a huge fan NFL football.

Nisha Hariharan, MD

Hometown: Fremont, CA

Medical School: Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

IM Residency: University of California, Davis, Sacramento CA

What is your favorite part of UCSD fellowship? Great teaching from faculty, a perfect balance of strong clinical training and academics, and getting to live in sunny San Diego!

Research and Career Interests: I am interested in malignant hematology. 

Posters/Presentations/Publications  

  • Hariharan N, et al. Bleeding in patients with sickle cell disease: a population-based study. Blood Adv. 2020. 10;4(5): 793-802.
  • Hariharan N, et al. Examination of the cumulative incidence of all bleeding in patients with sickle cell disease: a population-based study. Oral Presentation at ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition, San Diego. December 1, 2018.
  • Pham B, Hoeg R, Hariharan N, et al. Treatment with FLAG followed by second allogeneic stem cell transplant for relapsed acute myeloid leukemia and myelodysplastic syndrome. ASCO meeting 2019.
  • Hariharan N, Chen BY, Olympia R. Implementation of an MRI program for the evaluation of pediatric right lower quadrant abdominal pain: effect on emergency department length of stay in adolescent females. Oral Presentation at American College of Emergency Physicians Research Forum, Las Vegas, October 2016.
  • Xu XM, ..., Hariharan N, et al. Chaperonins facilitate KNOTTED1 cell-to-cell trafficking and stem cell function. Science. 2011. 333(6046): 1141-44.

Hobbies: Spending time at San Diego's beautiful beaches, exploring new restaurants, running, and of course, watching Netflix 

Anupama Kumar, MD

Hometown: Palo Alto, CA

Medical School: Tufts University School of Medicine

IM Residency: Tufts Medical Center, Boston MA

What is your favorite part of UCSD fellowship? The excellent teaching from the faculty, the encouragement from program leadership, and the supportive environment created by my co-fellows.

Research and Career Interests: I am primarily interested in malignant hematology. 

Posters/Presentations/Publications 

  • Kumar, A.D.Inker, L.A., Drew, D.A., Comenzo, R.L., Varga, C. (2019). Monoclonal gammopathies and their significance: A retrospective analysis of monoclonal gammopathy and renal disease. Presented as oral presentation at Internal Kidney and Monoclonal Gammopathy (IKMG) Research Group Meeting; Montreal, Canada. 
  • Godara, A., Kumar, A., Miller, K.B., Saif, M.W. (2021). Myelodysplastic Syndrome in Patients with Gastro-Pancreatic Malignancies: A Case Series and Review of Literature. Cancer Med J. 4 (2): 52-59. 

Hobbies: Hiking, salsa dancing, exploring new areas in San Diego

Elizabeth Pan, MD

Hometown: Miami, FL

Medical School: Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California

IM Residency: University of Southern California, Los Angeles CA

What is your favorite part of UCSD fellowship? The people, especially my co-fellows. 

Research and Career Interests: I am interested in solid tumors and specifically GU oncology. 

Posters/Presentations/Publications 

  • Pan E, Bogumil D, Cortessis V, Yu S, Nieva J. "A systemic review of the efficacy of preclinical models of lung cancer drugs." April 23, 2020.

Hobbies: Exploring new dessert places, perfecting matcha lattes, going to concerts/music festivals.

Karen Yun, MD

Hometown: Irvine, CA

Medical School: Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo

IM Residency: University of California, San Diego

What is your favorite part of UCSD fellowship? The camaraderie among fellows and faculty. 

Research and Career Interests: I am interested in thoracic oncology and clinical trials. My research mentor is Dr. Bazhenova. 

Posters/Presentations/Publications 

  • Yun K, Daniels G, Gold K, Mccowen K, Patel SP. Rapid onset type 1 diabetes with anti-PD-1 directed therapy. Oncotarget. 2020 Jul 14;11(28):2740-2746.

Hobbies: Running, biking, hiking. 


Second Year Fellows (Class of 2024)

Hemali Batra- Sharma, MD

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IM Residency: University of California, San Diego, La Jolla CA

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Justin Chen, MD

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IM Residency: University of California, San Diego, La Jolla CA

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Renee Cheng, MD

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IM Residency: University of Illinois, Chicago, IL

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Sharon Choi, MD, PhD

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IM Residency: University of California, San Diego, La Jolla CA

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Peter Moussa, MD

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IM Residency: Albert Einstein Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA

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Poorva Vaidya, MD

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IM Residency: University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA

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First Year Fellows (Class of 2025)

Elizabeth Behrens Conner, MD

IM Residency: Rush University, Chicago, IL

Kaitlyn Dykes, MD

IM Residency: MedStar Georgetown University, Washington, DC

Amanda Herrmann, MD

IM Residency: University of Souther California, Los Angeles, CA

Tridu Huynh, MD

IM Residency: Scripps Green, La Jolla, CA

Katarina Vsiljevic, MD

IM Residency: University of California, San Diego, La Jolla CA 

Zoe Zhang, MD

IM Residency: Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA