James Mezhir Surgical Oncology Laboratory

  • Meet Our Team

     Mezhir, James

    James Mezhir, MD

    Principal Investigator
    Assistant Professor of Surgery
    Phone: (319) 356-1727
    Email: james-mezhir@uiowa.edu
    Academic Profile | Clinical Profile | Publications via PubMed 

     O'Leary, Brianne

    Brianne O'Leary, PhD

    Research Specialist
    Phone: (319) 335-8987
    Email: brianne-oleary@uiowa.edu

    Brianne O'Leary earned her Bachelor of Science degree in chemistry from the University of Tampa and her PhD in biochemistry from the University of South Florida. She started in the Mezhir lab as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and has continued in the lab as a Research Specialist. Brianne's research currently focuses on the role EcSOD in pancreatic cancer and liver metastasis.

     Fath, Melissa

    Melissa Fath, PhD

    Assistant Research Scientist
    Phone: (319) 335-8025
    Email: melissa-fath@uiowa.edu

    Melissa Fath earned her Bachelor of Science degree and her PhD in medicinal and natural products chemistry from the University of Iowa College of Pharmacy. Melissa has served as a Howard Hughes Postdoctoral Fellow in pediatric genetics where she researched the genetic basis for human diseases including hypertension, obesity, diabetes and retinitis pigmentosa. She has also previously served as a postdoctoral fellow in the UI Department of Radiation Oncology where she conducted research on chemotherapeutics and radiation to enhance cancer cell killing via a mechanism that disrupts the reactive oxygen species balance.

     Hrabe, Jennifer

    Jennifer Hrabe, MD

    Surgical Resident
    Email: jennifer-hrabe@uiowa.edu

    Jennifer Hrabe is a general surgery resident at the university with an interest in colorectal surgery. Her research emphasis has been on colorectal cancer, and she has also been involved in studying factors influencing pancreatic cancer metastases with Dr. Mezhir. Her work in Dr. Mezhir's lab has included characterizing novel cell lines and helping create a murine model of inducing hepatic metastases.  

     Tilman, Carmen

    Carmen Tillman

    Program Coordinator
    Email: carmen-tillman@uiowa.edu

    Carmen graduated from the University of Iowa in 2005 and has been working full time for the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics since that time. She is currently the Tumor Board Coordinator where she gather the information for tumor boards and documents plans and staging for the medical record.