Translational Research Operations
The Translational Research Operations unit is responsible for progressing targets from the research laboratories into clinical protocols for high risk first in human trials. This is achieved through compilation and analysis of manufacturing and preclinical data that serves as an IND package for submission to the FDA. The unit is also responsible for research project management and oversight of Cancer and HIV studies. The scope of their mission is clearly outlined in grant aims and industry sponsored clinical milestones. The group orchestrates protocol development with clinical, manufacturing, correlative, and financial teams that lie at the core of the programmatic road map. They serve as the conduit for taking pre-clinical research targets from bench to bedside.
Anne Chew, PhD
Anne Chew, PhD is the Deputy Director of the Center for Cellular Immunotherapies and head of all CCI operations. She has a PhD in Genetics from Yale University.
Gabriela Plesa, MD, PhD
Gabriela Plesa, MD, PhD is the Director of Translational Research Operations and is responsible for IND management and clinical oversight of the cancer and HIV programs for the CCI. She has an MD in General Medicine and a PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Virology from Thomas Jefferson University.
Katie Marcucci, PhD
Katie Marcucci, PhD is a Senior Clinical Program Manager with the CCI. She is responsible for oversight of CAR therapy in Cancer trials and has a PhD in Biology-Virology from The Scripps Research Institute.
Julie Jadlowsky, PhD
Julie Jadlowsky, PhD is the HIV Program Manager with the CCI. She is responsible for oversight of novel gene therapy approaches in HIV trials and has a PhD in Molecular Biology and Microbiology from Case Western Reserve University.
Whitney Gladney, PhD
Whitney Gladney, PhD is a Scientific Program Manager with the CCI. She is involved in CAR therapies in oncology and has a PhD in Pharmacology and Physiology from Drexel University College of Medicine.
Matthew Farabaugh, MS
Matthew Farabaugh, MS is the Translational Operations Business Administrator. He is responsible for programmatic contract negotiations and oversight of CCI finances related to clinical trials and patient care. He has a MS in Molecular Biology from the University of Pennsylvania and business training from the Wharton School of Business.