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Julia Kirshner, PhD

Julia Kirshner, PhD

Founder & CEO

Julia has over 15 years of experience in oncology R&D. Julia’s expertise spans multiple areas of cancer biology, including: development of physiological organotypic preclinical models, molecular target and biomarker discovery, evaluation of drug-resistance, tumor microenvironment, tumor heterogeneity, cancer stem cells, and tumor immunology. Prior to starting Ixchel Scientific Julia was an Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences at Purdue University.
Mukti Parikh, PhD

Mukti Parikh, PhD

Founder & CTO

Mukti is a cancer biologist with research background in tumor microenvironment, cancer stem cells, mechanisms of metastasis, and cell signaling. As a doctoral scholar, Mukti identified key signaling pathways responsible for metastasis and discovered new drug targets for intervention against stage IV cancers. Mukti is the recipient of multiple awards and honors, including Outstanding Research Award and the AACR Women in Cancer Scholar in Training Award.
 Robert Tressler, PhD

Robert Tressler, PhD

Advising CSO

Rob has extensive expertise in preclinical pharmacology, toxicology, and cell-based assays with over 30 years of academic and industry experience in preclinical research and development. He has held various positions of leadership, where he oversaw R&D supporting oncology development candidates from early discovery through IND-enabling studies.
Mina Bissell, PhD

Mina Bissell, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Bissell is a Fellow of the National Academy of Sciences. She pioneered the field of tumor microenvironment and made paradigm-shifting contributions to our understanding of cancer biology. She introduced the concept of “phenotype dominant over genotype” and established that perturbations in tissue microenvironment contribute to cancer development.
John Shively, PhD

John Shively, PhD

Scientific Advisor

Dr. Shively is world-renowned biochemist with an international reputation for his work with antibody conjugates for cancer diagnosis and therapy. Dr. Shively is an expert in tumor immunology and tumor microenvironment and is an author of over 300 manuscripts and is a recipient of multiple research awards.
Karen Reckamp, MD

Karen Reckamp, MD

Clinical Advisor

Dr. Reckamp is a board certified medical oncologist with over 10 years of experience treating lung cancer. She is the co-director of the Lung Cancer and Thoracic Oncology Program at the City of Hope National Medical Center. Dr. Reckamp is a recognized leader in clinical research in lung cancer and is a recipient of ASCO Leadership Development Award.
Wael Harb, MD

Wael Harb, MD

Clinical Advisor

Dr. Harb is a board certified clinical oncologist with over 15 years of experience in medical oncology and clinical research. Dr. Harb is the founder of Horizon Oncology Center, Horizon BioAdvance, and Horizon Oncology Research Inc., where his efforts focus on patient care conducting multicenter, international phase I-IV clinical trials in oncology.

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 Ixchel, as depicted by the pre-Columbian Maya (Dresden Codex, p.49)

Ixchel, as depicted by

pre-Columbian Maya

(Dresden Codex, p.49)

Ixchel [iʃ’tʃél], or Lady of the Rainbow (Ix, meaning feminine; and chel, meaning rainbow), is an ancient Mayan jaguar goddess of medicine/healing and fertility. According to the codical classification of the classical Mayan deities, Ixchel corresponds to the goddess ‘O’.