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Daniel Heller, PhD
Daniel A. Heller, PhD
Member, Molecular Pharmacology Program, SKI

Professor

Cancer Nanomedicine Laboratory

We are a biomedical engineering laboratory that develops nanotechnologies to advance breakthroughs in the research, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer and allied diseases. We develop drug delivery technologies to target therapies to disease sites, advanced diagnostics to detect disease at earlier stages, and nanosensors to accelerate the discovery of new therapies. Please check out our recent innovations using the “View Lab Overview” button below…

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Daniel Heller, PhD

Daniel A. Heller, PhD

Member, Molecular Pharmacology Program, SKI

Professor

  • Biomedical engineer Daniel Heller is Head of the Cancer Nanotechnology Laboratory, which invents disruptive technologies to revolutionize the diagnosis and treatment of cancer and allied diseases.
  • PhD, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
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Members

Daniel A. Heller, PhD
Daniel A. Heller

Lab Head

Isabella Richter

Graduate Student

Philip Asamani
Philip Asamani

Graduate Student, CUNY Chemistry PhD Program

Naxhije Berisha
Naxhije Berisha

CUNY Chemistry/Nanotechnology PhD Program Student

Atena Farahpour

CUNY Chemistry/Nanotechnology PhD Program Student

Dana Goerzen
Dana Goerzen

Graduate Student, Weill Cornell PBSB PhD Program

Takeshi Irie
Takeshi Irie

Assistant Attending, Anesthesiology and Critical Care

Arianna Izawa-Ishiguro
Arianna Izawa-Ishiguro

Pharmacology PhD Graduate Student

Erin Keblish
Erin Keblish

Graduate Student, Weill Cornell PBSB PhD Program

Mijin Kim
Mijin Kim

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Quincey LaPlant
Quincey LaPlant

Assistant Attending L1, Radiation Oncology

Magdalini Panagiotakopoulos
Magdalini Panagiotakopoulos

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Ana Marie Perea

Research Technician

Stanislav Piletsky

Postdoctoral Scholar

Boglarka Racz

Laboratory Manager

Raashed Raziuddin
Raashed Raziuddin

Graduate Student, Weill Cornell Pharmacology PhD Program

Stephen Ruiz
Stephen Ruiz

BCMB PhD Program Student

Ashley Sullivan

MSK Bridge Program Scholar

Kristen Vogt
Kristen Vogt

Tri-institutional PhD Program in Chemical Biology

Laura Wilson
Laura Wilson

Senior SKI Administrative Assistant

Jaina Wollowitz

Graduate student, Tri-Institutional PhD Program in Chemical Biology

Lab Alumni
Cynthia Almonte
Cynthia Almonte

Clinical Nurse

Merav Antman-Passig
Merav Antman-Passig

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Elana Apfelbaum
Elana Apfelbaum

Graduate Student, Weill Cornell Pharmacology PhD Program

Hanan Baker
Hanan Baker

Resident in Anesthesiology, Bonica Scholars Program, University of Washington

Gavin Black
Gavin Black

Associate Consultant, Triangle Insights Group, LLC

Januka Budhathoki-Uprety, PhD
Januka Budhathoki-Uprety

Assistant Professor, North Carolina State University

Chen Chen
Chen Chen

Postdoctoral Fellow, Genentech

Christian Cupo
Christian Cupo

Graduate Student, Columbia University

Ron Feiner
Ron Feiner

Equity Research Associate - Medical Devices at Oppenheimer & Co. Inc

Rune  Frederiksen
Rune Frederiksen

Platform Scientist, Zoetis Denmark

Thomas Galassi
Thomas Galassi

Managing Director, Investor Communications at LifeSci Advisors LLC

Emma Grabarnik
Emma Grabarnik

Scientist I, Nanotechnology Characterization Laboratory, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health

Declan Gwynne
Declan Gwynne

Senior Research Technician

Jackson Harvey
Jackson Harvey

Analyst, Deerfield

Christopher Horoszko
Christopher Horoszko

Consultant

Prakrit Jena, PhD
Prakrit Jena

CTO, Lime Therapeutics, Inc.

Brian J. Joseph
Brian J. Joseph

Healey ALS Scholar at Columbia University Irving Medical Center

Hiro Kiguchi
Hiro Kiguchi

Attending Physician, Division of Oncology,  Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Jaclyn Kubala
Jaclyn Kubala

Scientist I, SalioGen Therapeutics

Pictured: Rachel Langenbacher
Rachel Langenbacher

Associate Medical Writer – PPD

Mandana T. Manzari
Mandana T. Manzari

Business Development at Resilience

Ewelina Randall

Associate Scientist, Merck

Daniel Roxbury
Daniel Roxbury

Associate Professor, University of Rhode Island

Janki Shah
Janki Shah

Lab Manager

Yosef Shamay
Yosef Shamay

Assistant Professor, Faculty of Biomedical Engineering, Technion-Israel Institute of Technology

Maria Sirenko

Postdoctoral Fellow, NYU Langone, New York, NY

Ramya Sridharan
Ramya Sridharan

Sr. Assoc. - Prescient Healthcare Group

Daniel Tylawsky
Daniel Tylawsky

Senior Scientist, Regeneron

Jasmine Wallas
Jas Wallas

Patent Agent at Smith Baluch LLP

Ryan Williams, PhD
Ryan Williams

Assistant Professor, CCNY

Zvi Yaari, PhD
Zvi Yaari

Assistant Professor, School of Pharmacy, Department of Medicine, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel

Lab Affiliations

Achievements

  • American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) Fellow (2021)
  • Pharmacology Teaching and Mentoring Award, Weill Cornell Graduate School (2020)
  • American Cancer Society Research Scholar (2018)
  • NSF CAREER Award (2018)
  • Pershing Square Sohn Prize for Young Innovators in Cancer Research (2017)
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  • NIH Director’s New Innovator Award (2012)
  • Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship (2010)
  • Beckman Institute Graduate Fellowship (2006)

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Modulating in vivo Priming of Native and Synthetic T-cells for Cancer Immunotherapy

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
Mortimer B. Zuckerman Research Center,
417 E 68th St.
Room ZRC 105
New York, NY, 10065
 

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Accolades

Team Recognitions

  • Congratulations to Atena Farahpour - awarded the Fall 2023 NanoBioNYC student award in Biomedical Materials!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Mijin Kim for being selected as a 2023 STAT Wunderkind! The award recognizes the work of early-career scientists and clinicians.
  • Congratulations to Chen Chen on the Best Poster Award at the 19th Annual Tri-institutional Chemical Biology Symposium!
  • Congratulations to Mijin Kim on winning the 2023 MSK Postdoctoral Researcher Award!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Mijin Kim - NIH K99/R00 awardee!
  • Congratulations to Naxhije Berisha - Tow Fellowship Awardee!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Mijin Kim - Kravis WiSE Postdoctoral Fellowship Winner!
  • Congratulations to Stephen Ruiz - awarded the MERIT Mandel Graduate Fellowship!
  • Congratulations to Magdalini Panagiotakopoulos – Tow Postdoctoral Fellowship Awardee!
  • Congratulations to Dr. Mijin Kim – MIT Technology Review 35 Under 35 Innovator!
  • Congratulations to Magdalini Panagiotakopoulos on winning the Controlled Release Society Poster Prize
  • Congratulations to Erin Keblish on winning the 2023 Electrochemical Society Best Poster Award for Industrial/Applied Science
  • Congratulations to Magdalini Panagiotakopoulos for winning 2nd place and the People's Choice Award in the 2023 MSK Postdoc Slam
  • Congratulations to Stephen Ruiz for winning the 63rd International Conference on the Bioscience of Lipids Oral Communication Award!!
  • Congratulations to Mijin Kim for winning the 2023 STAT Wunderkind Award!!
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Disclosures

Doctors and faculty members often work with pharmaceutical, device, biotechnology, and life sciences companies, and other organizations outside of MSK, to find safe and effective cancer treatments, to improve patient care, and to educate the health care community.

MSK requires doctors and faculty members to report (“disclose”) the relationships and financial interests they have with external entities. As a commitment to transparency with our community, we make that information available to the public.

Daniel A. Heller discloses the following relationships and financial interests:

  • Concarlo Therapeutics, Inc.
    Professional Services and Activities
  • Lime Therapeutics, Inc.
    Equity; Fiduciary Role / Position; Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Mediphage Bioceuticals, Inc.
    Equity; Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Nanorobotics, Inc.
    Equity
  • Resident Diagnostics, Inc.
    Equity; Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)
  • Selectin Therapeutics, Inc.
    Equity; Professional Services and Activities (Uncompensated)

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