OMRF has recruited two new principal scientists to its staff.
Lorin Olson, Ph.D., comes to OMRF from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine in New York, New York. He received his Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. As an assistant member of OMRF’s Immunobiology and Cancer Research Program, Olson will research how signals between cells affect cancer and how to manipulate those signals for more effective treatments.
“I chose OMRF because excellence in research is the number one priority,” he said. “My wife and I were attracted to the state because Oklahoma offers easier living and drastically lower expenses.”
Christopher Sansam, Ph.D., joins OMRF from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston. He holds a doctorate in pharmacology from the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine and will be an assistant member in OMRF’s Cell Cycle and Cancer Biology Research Program. His research focuses on quality control systems that ensure cells do not divide with damaged DNA and how, in cancer, these systems fail.
“Professionally, I wanted to join OMRF because the scientists here value collaboration in the quest for better research,” Sansam said. “And my family is excited to come to Oklahoma because of the great quality of life here.”
The addition of Sansam and Olson is part of an effort that will ultimately add 30 principal scientists to OMRF’s faculty.
“Talent is the key to building our research infrastructure,” said OMRF President Stephen Prescott, M.D. “And with Drs. Olson and Sansam, we believe we’ve brought some of the brightest emerging minds to OMRF and Oklahoma.”