Team OncoBites

Here at OncoBites, a team of graduate scientists and Ph.D.s with a passion for cancer research has gathered to share cutting-edge research with a wider audience.

Manisit Das (Co-Founder)

Manisit is a 4th year Ph.D. candidate in the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at UNC-Chapel Hill. Manisit’s research focuses on adjusting the immune suppressed tumor environment in pancreatic cancer using nanoparticles for drug delivery. He is a Co-Organizer of ComSciCon Triangle, a workshop designed to empower STEM graduate students to communicate the concepts in their field and beyond to diverse audiences. He is also passionate about conservation and outdoors. His pictures have been featured by North Carolina State Parks, The Nature Conservancy, North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission among others.

Sara Musetti (Co-Founder)

Sara is an alumna of Wellesley College, Class of 2015, where she studied Biological Chemistry and reveled in being surrounded by strong, brilliant women out to change the world. She grew up in rural Pennsylvania and dreamed of studying science to help bring cures and relief to suffering patients. This dream brought Sara to UNC Chapel Hill and the Eshelman School of Pharmacy, where she works under Dr. Leaf Huang developing cancer nanovaccines and targeted immunotherapies in pursuit of her Ph.D. She is passionate about science communication and education; her fondest memories of Wellesley include leading Supplemental Instruction in Chemistry. Sara hopes that OncoBites can help people stay informed about current research and encourage young people to see themselves in careers in science.

Core Authors:

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Sara Musetti
Ph.D. Candidate
Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Manisit Das
Ph.D. Candidate
Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Tamara Vital
Ph.D. Candidate
Genetics and Molecular Biology Curriculum
Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Morgan McSweeney
PhD Candidate
Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Jason A. Tetro
Visiting Scientist
College of Biological Science
University of Guelph
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Yitong Li
Ph.D. Candidate
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology, School of Medicine
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Nisitha Sengottuvel
M.D./Ph.D. Candidate
University of North Carolina School of Medicine
Medical Scientist Training Program
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Alex Woodell
Graduate Student
Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Karel Alcedo
Graduate Student
Department of Cell Biology and Physiology
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Shaye Hagler
Ph.D. Candidate
Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
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Rachel Cherney 2nd Year Graduate Student
Genetics and Molecular Biology Curriculum
Pharmacology Department
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Past Contributors:

Emily B. Harrison, Ph.D. (Post-doctoral Research Associate, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Elizabeth Wayne, Ph.D. (2017 TED Fellow, Postdoctoral Fellow, NIH C-CNTP T-32, Eshelman School of Pharmacy, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill)

Taylor Johnson (Ph.D. Student, Department of Anatomy & Cell Biology, East Carolina University; Greenville, North Carolina)

Taylor Poston, Ph.D., MPH (Postdoctoral Fellow, Training Program in STDs and HIV, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics)

Beth Rogoyski (Ph.D. student, University of Leicester)

Natasha Vinod (Ph.D. student, Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering at University of Chapel Hill, and NC State University)

Zina McSweeney (Medical Student (MS-IV), Campbell University School of Osteopathic Medicine)

Ananya Sen (Ph.D. student, Department of Microbiology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Varshit Dusad (Graduate Student, Imperial College London)