Wicha Lab personnel


Principal Investigator

Max S. Wicha, M.D.
Madeline and Sidney Forbes Professor of Oncology
Founding Director Emeritus,
University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center

As founding director of the UM Comprehensive Cancer Center, Dr. Wicha is responsible for coordinating all cancer activities related to research and patient care.  Dr. Wicha is nationally known for his research in the field of breast oncology. His lab was part of the team that first discovered stem cells in breast cancer, the first described in any human solid tumor.  Since then, Dr. Wicha has become one of the leading experts on cancer stem cells. Dr. Wicha is also active as a clinician, specializing in the treatment of breast cancer patients. 

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Senior Research Supervisor

Shawn G. Clouthier, M.S., Ph.D.
Administrative Director, Cancer Stem Cell Program
Experimental Breast Cancer Senior Research Supervisor

Dr. Clouthier has more than fifteen years' experience conducting and facilitating Oncology research, and has published extensively in the fields of organic biogeochemistry, bioethics, bone marrow transplantation, immunology and breast cancer therapeutics. He works closely with the Business Development Office to prepare master research agreements and contracts with industry partners. In addition, Shawn serves as the Administrative Director of the Cancer Stem Cell Program at the North Campus Research Complex.

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Research Faculty

Monika Burness
Miao He
Sean McDermott
Yongyou Zhu


Post-doctoral and Medical Research Fellows

Yu-Chih Chen
Ramdane Harouaka
Leo Hernandez
Juliana Laino do Val Carneiro

Graduate and Medical Students

Joe Burnett
Joe Burnett
Evelyn Jiagge
Albert Lin
Aida Sarmiento-Castro


Research Technicans

Li Shang
Shamileh Fouladdel
Kaitlin Harvey
Rachel Martin-Trevino
Li Shang
Rebecca Theisen


Undergraduate Researchers and Volunteers

Brittany Flores
Gabrielle Hodges
Kelsey Kerr
Shalini Kota
Rahul Mishra
Daniel Stamos

Not Pictured: Alex Fox, Fatou Ndaw, Cailyn D'Haem, Pan Xingyi, Aaron Sweet

Collaborators and foreign scholars

Wicha Lab Alumni

Administrative Support Staff:

Tahra Luther
Denise Poirier Leblanc

Tahra Luther
Assistant Lab Manager
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Denise Poirier
Executive Assistant

Courtney LeBlanc
Research Assistant