Our governance committee consists of leadership from across our network partner institutions. These members were pivotal in establishing the SAN and continue to provide guidance and feedback toward strategic growth and operation.
Our governance facilitates open communication between leadership within our network, ensuring discussions involve the voices of all partners. These members also helped to establish administrative workflows and communication pipelines that streamline specimen request and acquisition within our network. These leaders have also been key drivers in the development of standardized material and data transfer agreements that ease and accelerate our specimen transfer process.
We thank our governance committee members and partner organizations for their founding guidance, involvement, and continued support.
Data Manager, OVCARE
Database and Information Technology Manager, Genetic Pathology Evaluation Centre
Mr. Sam Leung is a Data Manager at OVCARE and the Database and Information Technology Manager at the Genetic Pathology Evaluation Centre (GPEC). OVCARE’s mission is to enhance ovarian cancer research in British Columbia with the goal of reducing incidence and improving health outcomes for women facing this disease. GPEC is a collaborative group with the goal of improving the management of cancer patients through the rapid clinical validation of prognostic and predictive cancer biomarkers. Sam’s areas of interest include biobanking software and data management, digital pathology, and statistical analysis. Mr. Leung earned a Master of Science from the University of Victoria, Canada, majoring in Computer Science.
Leader, Biobanking and Biospecimen Research Services (BBRS) unit, BC Cancer
Sheila O'Donoghue is the Leader of the Biobanking and Biospecimen Research Services (BBRS) unit at BC Cancer and is also responsible for the national Canadian Tissue Repository Network (CTRNet) biobank certification and education programs. She is a member of the BC Cancer Research Ethics Board. Prior to her current roles, she was the project manager for the BC BioLibrary and spent fifteen plus years managing national and local clinical trials. She is the past Chair of the Education and Training Committee of the International Biobanking Society (ISBER).
Assistant Professor, Obstetrics, BC Cancer/University of British Columbia
Director, Data Science and Informatics, OVCARE
Dr. Talhouk is an assistant professor in the department of Obstetrics & Gynecology in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia. She is also the director of data science and informatics at OVCARE, BC’s ovarian and gynecological cancer research program. She completed her PhD in Statistics at the University of British Columbia in 2013 with a focus on computational statistics and machine learning. Since then, she has been working on developing and implementing predictive models to improve patient care in women’s health and oncology. Her research focus also includes the ethics of data sharing and privacy in the era of digital health and AI modeling.
President, Benaroya Research Institute
Director, Translational Research Core, Benaroya Research Institute
Affiliate Professor, Immunology, University of Washington
Affiliate Professor, Medicine, Division of Rheumatology, University of Washington
Partner, Allen Institute for Immunology
Dr. Jane Buckner’s interdisciplinary research combines genetics, immunology and clinical medicine to advance our understanding of the causes of autoimmune diseases including type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus and relapsing polychondritis. Her research goal is to expand our understanding of each disease by identifying the common features that cause them. Her research group has approached this question through the study of genetic risk variants associated with autoimmunity, analysis of regulatory and effector adaptive responses in samples from patients with autoimmune disease and targeted analysis of autoreactive CD4 T cells from patients with autoimmunity. Dr. Buckner has published more than 100 peer-reviewed papers, and is currently funded by the National Institutes of Health and the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust. Dr. Buckner received her bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Carleton College, and her medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. She has been honored by the American College of Rheumatology, having received both their Senior Rheumatology Scholar award, and their Arthritis Investigator Award.
Translational Research Program Manager, Benaroya Research Institute
Ms. Gina Marchesini is the Translational Research Core Administrative Manager at Benaroya Research Institute. Gina is a proven administrative and clinical operations manager in the medical and social science research industry. She is able to conceptualize, execute, and communicate program vision, while also managing milestones and motivating diverse groups. Gina has a demonstrated history of integrity and strong organizational, managerial, and analytical skills.
Director, Translational Research Infrastructure & Operations, Fred Hutch
Ms. Rachel Galbraith is the Director of Translational Research Infrastructure and Operations at Fred Hutch. Rachel leads effort to enhance collaborative science and reduce common translational research barriers, such as access to clinical specimens, data, and technology that will speed research and improve cancer prevention, treatment, and detection. Her work build on a skill set including molecular genetics, public health and cell biology, and 8+ years facilitating translational research across a diverse network. Leveraging this expertise, she build strategy, solutions, and networks to speed research.
Senior Vice President and Director, Human Biology Division, Fred Hutch
Director, Seattle Translational Tumor Research, Fred Hutch
Dr. Eric Holland is the Senior Vice President and Director of the Human Biology Division at Fred Hutch and the Director of Seattle Translational Tumor Research. Dr. Holland is a world-renowned physician-scientist who combines compassionate patient care with exacting laboratory research to discover more effective treatments for brain tumors. As a neurosurgeon, he specializes in caring for patients with glioblastomas, the most common malignant brain tumors in adults. Dr. Holland is committed to finding targeted treatment options for this aggressive cancer, which currently has few effective therapies. He continues to foster productive collaborations to spark discovery and advance precision oncology. Dr. Holland believes Oncoscape has the potential to transform patient treatment. Using this tool, researchers can now begin to group tumors by their genetic profiles to help physicians select therapies likely to work best for each patient.
Program Head and Professor, Epidemiology Program, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Research Professor, Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of Washington
Dr. Kathi Malone is a Professor in the Public Health Sciences Division and Head of the Epidemiology Program at Fred Hutch. Dr. Malone studies the causes of breast cancer and factors that influence how a patient will fare after treatment. Dr. Malone has conducted extensive research on BRCA1/2 genetic mutations. She led the first population-based study of the prevalence and predictors of BRCA1/2 mutations in young women and subsequent investigations of understudied groups including African Americans and women with contralateral breast cancer. Identifying the multifactorial determinants of adverse outcomes after breast cancer in order to develop clinically relevant prediction and prevention strategies is a current focus. Using large-scale population-based designs that include interviews, medical record reviews, and tumor collection/molecular analyses, her group seeks to characterize the personal, lifestyle, clinical, and tumor-based determinants of breast cancer recurrence and second primary cancers.
SAN External Partnerships Liaison
Dr. Traci Rieckmann is the SAN External Partnerships Liaison, based at Fred Hutch. Traci is a visionary COO, executive leader, and research scientist with PhD credentials and a demonstrated track record of leadership within Life Science, Biotechnology, Higher Education & Medical Research Institutions. Her background includes extensive experience partnering with executive and clinical leaders to foster operational excellence, galvanize innovation, increase funding, and enhance market share and revenue growth. Dr. Rieckmann’s areas of focus include the delivery of integrated, evidence-based medical services and behavioral health care — as well as the coordination of biobehavioral health, psychiatry studies, and health policy clinical trials. She has a unique multi-disciplinary background that spans private-sector business leadership, academic positions, clinical practice expertise, and principal investigator/research roles with top organizations such as Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Institute and Oregon Health & Science University. Dr. Rieckmann received her Doctor of Philosophy in Counseling Psychology from the University of Utah in 2001, and her Master of Science in Health Promotion & Education from the University of Utah in 1994.
Associate Professor, Clinical Research Division, Fred Hutch
Associate Professor, Pathology, University of Washington
Pathologist, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
Dr. Cecilia Yeung is an Associate Professor in the Clinical Research Division at Fred Hutch, Associate Professor of Pathology at the University of Washington, and a Pathologist at the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance Clinical Pathology Lab. Dr. Yeung studies blood diseases and specializes in the molecular traits of myelodysplastic syndromes. Her team uses whole genome interrogation methods such as genomic array and massive parallel sequencing to tease out genes that may affect patient prognosis or serve as potential targets for therapy. Dr. Yeung also diagnoses diseases that can arise after transplant. She has a particular interest in graft-vs.-host disease and infectious diseases seen in the lungs of blood cell transplant patients. As a researcher, Dr. Yeung hopes to discover useful biomarkers which may aid in diagnosis and prognosis and guide future therapies. She earned her M.D. from Penn State. As a part of the UW's Pathology faculty, she heads efforts to expand molecular pathology education. She is active in the Molecular Genetics Fellowship and chair of the Clinical Competency Committee.
Associate Staff Scientist, R.S. Dow Neuroscience, Legacy Research Institute
Dr. Osborne earned her Ph.D. in Behavioral Neuroscience from the University at Albany focusing on stress interactions with insulin signaling in the dorsal hippocampus with an additional emphasis on glucose metabolism in the hippocampus. She took a post-doctoral position at Legacy Research Institute to work on sex differences in neuropsychiatric disorders. She has since risen within LRI to become a Staff Scientist, and with intramural support she has developed an independent line of research into using obesity models to better understand the sex differences and etiology of Alzheimer’s Disease.
Lead, Clinical Initiatives and Programs for the Provincial Laboratory Medicine Service (PLMS)
Lise Matzke has spent the past 15 years deeply involved in both the technical and operational levels of biobanking. Translating her knowledge to help others, Lise has focused on helping research groups/institutions establish and operate new biobanks, innovate change strategies and develop novel tools for researchers to use in their everyday operations. Currently Lise works with the Provincial laboratory system to develop and deliver innovative ideas that improve patient care. Lise also teaches biospecimen research at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.
Chief Medical Officer, Knight Diagnostic Laboratories, Oregon Health & Science University
Dr. Christopher Corless is the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) for Knight Diagnostic Laboratories housed at the Oregon Health & Science University. Chris has proven expertise in molecular pathology, particularly in oncology-related applications, including test development and validation. As the CMO for an academically-based molecular diagnostics laboratory, he has experience in laboratory management and have served as a consultant to a number of companies, including Novartis, Pfizer, Roche/Genentech, Roche/Ventana, Asuragen, Cepheid, Leica Biosystems, and ThermoFisher. Dr. Corless has over 20 years of experience as a staff pathologist in academic practice, with a particular interest in GI and GU pathology. His specialties include next-generation sequencing, real-time quantitative PCR, immunohistochemistry, pyrosequencing, high resolution melting curve analyses, and working with nucleic acids from FFPE tissue.
Operations Supervisor, Knight BioLibrary, Oregon Health & Science University
Ms. Danielle Galipeau has served as Operations Supervisor for the OHSU Knight BioLibrary since 2018, overseeing the acquisition, storage, and distribution of biospecimens in support of academic and commercial research enterprises. She started her career at OHSU in 2007 as a research assistant and worked in various labs on campus before joining the BioLibrary in 2014. Prior to working at OHSU, she worked at The American Red Cross National Testing Lab as a Laboratory Assistant and at Alpha Therapeutics Corporation as an Operations Manager. She brings close to 20 years’ experience in management, research, biobanking and quality control. Ms. Galipeau earned a Bachelor of Science from University of Oregon, majoring in Biology.
Gynecologic Oncologist, Swedish Cancer Institute
Member, Public Health Sciences Division, Fred Hutch
Dr. Charles Drescher is a Gynecologic Oncologist at Swedish Cancer Institute and a Member of the Public Health Sciences Division at Fred Hutch. He is a practicing gynecologic oncologist and surgeon who researches gynecological cancers through Fred Hutch’s Translational and Outcomes Research Group. He has extensive experience in collecting and processing tissues and blood specimens from ovarian cancer patients, which are banked for use in research studies. In addition, he has led efforts to discover molecular targets for ovarian cancer prognosis and therapy. As an expert in gynecological oncology, Dr. Drescher is actively involved in many ovarian cancer research organizations, including the Gynecological Oncology Group, the Puget Sound Oncology Consortium and the Pacific Ovarian Cancer Research Consortium. He is also the former medical director of the Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research at Swedish Medical Center.
Professor, Department of Pathology, University of Washington
Director, NW BioTrust/BioSpecimen
Director, Renal Pathology Service
Director, Pathology Residency Training Program, University ofWashington
Dr. Kelly Smith is a Professor in the Department of Pathology and Director of NW BioTrust/BioSpecimen, which is based in the Department of Pathology at the University of Washington, and a collaboration between UW Medicine, Fred Hutch, and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. Dr. Smith is a board-certified anatomic pathologist with subspecialty expertise in renal, cardiovascular and autopsy pathology. Dr. Smith has been conducting research in immunology, both adaptive and innate immunity, for over twenty years, with emphasis on mucosal innate immunity and the factors that regulate colonization, inflammation and protective immune responses. More recently, he has been expanding his research interests and leveraging his expertise as a pathologist and basic scientist to use advanced technologies to provide novel insight into human disease. He has close collaborations with proteomics and genomics laboratories to interrogate human tissues using state of the art technologies. His lab’s current efforts are focused on understanding disease processes that he encounters on a daily basis as an anatomic pathologist, with a primary focus on medical kidney diseases. In addition, in his current position as director of Northwest BioSpecimen (NWB), he oversees the procurement and distribution of human biospecimens to the Seattle research community, which supports a vast array of basic science, translational studies and clinical trials for our researchers and patient populations. He is committed to increasing access to human biospecimens, which are essential resources needed to develop new models of human disease, and better means to diagnose and treat human diseases. He earned his medical degree and doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1996, and is a member of several organizations, including the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, the Renal Pathology Society and the American Society of Nephrologists.