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Dr. Peter E. Zage, MD, PhD (Bio)
Dr. Zage is an Associate Professor-in-Residence at UCSD and the Moores Cancer Center and is a pediatric oncologist at Rady Children's Hospital San Diego. Dr. Zage is an expert in the treatment of the pediatric solid tumors neuroblastoma and retinoblastoma, and his laboratory is focused on developing novel treatments and identifying novel targets for therapies for children with solid tumors.

Dr. Jacqueline Lesperance, PhD: Jacqueline is a senior research associate and laboratory manager for the Zage laboratory.  Her current projects include efforts to understand the role of UBE4B and growth factor receptor trafficking in neuroblastoma tumor cell differentiation and to evaluate the efficacy of novel therapeutic agents and combinations in mouse xenograft models of pediatric solid tumors.

Nikki Phanhthilath: Nikki is a laboratory assistant currently working on projects to explore the efficacy of novel tyrosine kinase inhibitors in pediatric solid tumor models.

Students & Fellows

Megan Paul, MD: Megan is a 2nd year fellow in pediatric hematology-oncology at Rady Children's Hospital and is currently investigating the efficacy and mechanisms of action of novel therapies directed against pediatric neural tumor stem cells.

Sean Flynn, MD: Sean is a 2nd year resident in the Department of surgery at UCSD and is currently exploring the efficacy of novel tyrosine kinase inhibitors in pediatric solid tumor models.

Duygu Ozmadenci, PhD: Duygu is a post-doctoral fellow in the lab currently investigating the role of UBE4B in neuroblastoma differentiation and pathogenesis.

Postdoctoral Position Available

Postdoctoral Fellowship position available for NIH-funded project to explore the role of UBE4B and growth factor receptor trafficking in pediatric solid tumor pathogenesis. This project explores an emerging area of study in the field with opportunities for mechanistic discovery as well as translational applications.

Requirements: Strong background in cellular and molecular biology required.  Prefer experience with in vitro and in vivo models of cancer.  English language proficiency and strong publication record preferred.

To Apply: Please send CV and cover letter and contact information for 3 references who are familiar with your scientific work to and to  Please indicate specific interest and experience relevant to this position.  "Generic" inquiries are not encouraged. 

Student Interns

Andrea Liu: Andrea is a sophomore at Canyon Crest Academy in Carmel Valley.

Cameron Fung: Cameron is a UCSD undergraduate student currently volunteering in the laboratory.

Past Lab Members

Divya Subramonian - post-doctoral fellow 2016-2017
current position: Scientist, Fluoresprobe Sciences, San Diego, CA

Sara Hakim - laboratory assistant 2016-2017
current position: Research Associate in Neuroscience Drug Discovery, Johnson & Johnson, San Diego, CA