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 3rd 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:

Sara Musetti
Ph.D. Candidate
Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Tamara Vital
Ph.D. Candidate
Genetics and Molecular Biology Curriculum
Lineberger Comprehensive
Cancer Center

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Morgan McSweeney
Ph.D. Candidate
Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Emily B. Harrison, Ph.D. 
Post-doctoral Research Associate
Center for Nanotechnology in
Drug Delivery
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Manisit Das
Ph.D. Candidate
Division of Pharmacoengineering and Molecular Pharmaceutics
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
Center for Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery
Eshelman School of Pharmacy
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill