Classroom Activity: Scientist Profiles

The following profiles are excerpts from the Jim Allison: Breakthrough companion book, This is What a Hero Looks Like. This companion photography book expands on the film’s portrait of Nobel Prize-winning scientist Jim Allison, and celebrates cancer scientists from all over the world at different stages in their career – all united by their passion to defeat one of the world’s deadliest diseases.


As you scroll over each scientist, you will see background information. Choose THREE scientists to learn more about. Click on each scientist’s picture and read the expanded biographies. Once you have finished, complete this worksheet.

Born: Puerto Rico

Currently: Hampton University, Hampton, Virginia

Luisel Ricks-Santi MD

Born: Michigan

Currently: Skyhwk Therapeutics, Boston, MA

Kathleen McCarthy

Born: Soviet Union

Currently: Ariel University, Ariel, Israel

Elimelech Nesher PhD

Born: Nigeria

Currently: Morehouse School of Medicine, Atlanta, Georgia

Olayinka Adebayo MD

Born: Ecuador

Currently: Hunter College, New York, NY

Cristina Zambrano

Born: India

Currently: University of Houston, Houston, TX

Hariprasad Thangavel PhD

Born: Oklahoma

Currently: National Cancer Institute, Southlake, TX

Carole Baas PhD

Born: Ghana

Currently: University of Bradford, Bradford, United Kingdom

Francis Barnieh PhD

Born: Pakistan

Currently: University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD

Kanwal Mahmood

Born: Puerto Rico

Currently: Univ of Puerto Rico School of Medicine, San Juan, PR

Ailed M Cruz-Collazo

Born: Georgia

Currently: Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, NY

Raymond Hughley MS

Born: Louisiana

Currently: North Carolina State University, Durham, NC

Matthew Bergens

Born: France

Currently: Dragonfly Therapeutics, Boston, Massachusetts

Jean-Marie Cuillerot MD

Born: Florida

Currently: Georgetown University Medical Center, Washington, DC

Alex Taraboletti PhD

Born: India

Currently: University of Miami, Miami, Florida

Nikita Sharma, MS

Born: Illinios

Currently: NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY

Monica Wielgos-Bonvallet PhD

Born: Kentucky

Currently: Skyhawk Therapeutics, Boston, MA

Mike Luzzio PhD

Born: Virginia

Currently: University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA

Zunair Khokhar

Born: France

Currently: National Cancer Institute, Washington, DC

Laetitia Marzi PhD

Born: Texas

Currently: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Jim Allison PhD

Born: Turkey

Currently: Duke University, Durham, NC

Sultan Damgaci PhD

Born: California

Currently: University of California, San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Emmalyn Chen

Born: Soviet Union

Currently: NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY

Tanya Panchenko PhD

Born: Iran

Currently: Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT

Vesal Yaghoobi PhD

Born: Guyana

Currently: MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX

Padmanee Sharma MD PhD

Born: Denmark

Currently: Dragonfly Therapeutics, Boston, MA

Nicolai Wagtmann PhD

Born: Turkey

Currently: Duke University, Durham, NC

Ozgun Erdogan PhD
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