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CCG Research and Education Team

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Gloria Nuñez, MPH

Administrative Program Manager

Gloria Nuñez, MPH, is the Administrative Program Manager in the City of Hope Department of Clinical Cancer Genomics. She received her Masters in Health Services Administration at San Diego State University. Ms. Nuñez has more than 23 years experience working in the health care industry and 16 years experience working in clinical research. Ms. Nunez worked with Prostate Cancer Programs at UCSD and UCLA for 4 years as the Administrative Data Analyst. She then joined City of Hope in 2008, where she Co-Directed the Latina Patient Conferences and manages the annual Intensive Course in Cancer Risk Assessment courses, as well as the Genomics Update Conferences. In addition, she is responsible for assuring all Clinical Studies are current, in regards to IRB reports and regulations. Finally, she collaborates with the clinical and nonclinical staff to assure the educational platforms are current and programs are running seamlessly in order to effectively communicate with our Global Clinical Cancer Genomics Community of Practice (CCGCoP). She serves as the laison for the technical team at City of Hope and LMS Platform Teams. She oversees that all aspect of the CCGCoP Projects are aligned with the Department's Goals and conducts yearly quality checks. She is the lead on obtaining accreditation for the educational courses from CME and NSGC.


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Gubidxa Gutierrez Seymour, MSTM

CCGCRN Coordinator

Gubidxa Gutierrez Seymour, MSTM, is the DCC Project Administrator in the Division of Clinical Cancer Genomics at City of Hope. He earned a Master of Science in Translational Medicine from a joint program by Keck Graduate Institute and Irell & Manella Graduate School of Biological Sciences at City of Hope. As part of his master's thesis and under the guidance of Dr. Jeffrey Weitzel, he investigated the origin and distribution of recurrent CHEK2 and PALB2 germline variants in the Americas. In his new role, he oversees data management operations, training, and quality assurance activities for the Clinical Cancer Genomics Community Research Network (CCGCRN). He conducts daily clinical research operations and works closely with division functional area leaders to allocate, manage, and monitor the progress of research projects. He is also responsible for engaging and supporting the efforts of CCGCRN members throughout site initiation and maintenance. He plays a key role in the LiFT UP study, including enrolling participants and their family members, and collecting data and biospecimens. He is a member of the Society for the Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science.


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Kai Yang

Statistical Programmer

Kai Yang joined the Division of Clinical Cancer Genetics in 2011 as a Statistical Programmer. He is involved in database management and statistical analysis of clinical research data. Previously, Kai worked as a database administrator with the Medical Genetics Research Institute in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Mr. Yang is responsible for overseeing the organization and implementation of Progeny database programming related to the CCGCRN & other projects. Recruited in 2010 for previous RC4-funded project work, he has overseen complete review of the Progeny database, merged disparate components, created new and improved field and table components. He develops scripts (Progeny queries and SAS) for generating reports from the cohort and is responsible for making sure the pedigree-drawing, relational-database program, Progeny, is running seamlessly.


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Kevin Tsang, BS

Clinical Research/ Education Assistant

Kevin Tsang is the Education Assistant and Clinical Research Assistant for the Cancer Genetics Education Program at City of Hope. He received his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry from University of California, Los Angeles, and is currently enrolled in University of Southern California for MS Applied Data Science. During his time at UCLA, he worked as an undergraduate research associate for Dr. Caius Radu and his post doc fellow Thuc Le. He performed Mass Spectrometry operation for pharmacokinetics and molecular profiling studies on nucleotide biosynthesis mechanism in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. At City of Hope, Mr. Tsang assists Dr. Blazer with development, piloting, updating, administration and data collection for all pre and post course assessments and evaluations. Additionally, he assists Gloria Nunez with the course administration and management. He is responsible for developing and maintaining the CCGCoP Portal and bibliographic database and providing literature searches for continuous refinement of the curriculum.


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Aleck Cervantes, BS

Clinical Research Assistant

Aleck Cervantes is the Clinical Research Assistant for Clinical Cancer Genomics division at City of Hope. He received his bachelor’s degree in Neuroscience with Latin Honors from the University of California, Los Angeles. While at UCLA Aleck worked in an ophthalmic genetics lab under Dr. Anthony Aldave which studied various corneal diseases including Posterior Polymorphous Corneal Dystrophy and Granular Corneal Dystrophy. At City of Hope Aleck assists Gubidxa Seymour maintaining quality assurance in data collection and retrieval. He is also responsible for assisting Dr. Jeffrey Weitzel and Sharon Sand in coordinating the Li-Fraumeni Exploration Consortium which collaborates with multiple hospitals and labs to gather data and study Li-Fraumeni Syndrome. He assists in organizing a Li-Fraumeni symposium in which this data and studies about the disease can be presented to researchers and patients as well. Aleck also works in Dr. Weitzel’s lab where he assists Danielle Castillo in maintaining and processing patient samples.


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Phyllis Leung, M.Ed.

Education Assistant

Phyllis Leung is the Educational Assistant for the Cancer Genetics Education Program at City of Hope. She received her Masters of Education in Postsecondary Administration and Student Affairs at the University of Southern California and her Bachelor of Arts in Communication and in Sociology from the University of California, San Diego. She has experience working with STEM educational programs and in fostering community to cultivate learning and collaboration. At City of Hope, Phyllis assists the Educational Team with the administrative development of the Clinical Cancer Genomics of Practice Intensive Course and online portal community.