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Contact us at:

Ken Koncerak, Administrator
The Assembly
5051 Centre Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Our mission and vision

We focus on solving one of the most complex problems in science – breast cancer. The first mention of breast cancer was documented in Egypt and goes back to 1600 BC. The advancement in science and technology has enabled us to study breast cancer in details which were not possible before, and we have started to uncover the high complexity of this insidious disease. We utilize cutting-edge technologies and methodologies in a systems biology approach to identify new therapeutic avenues which can help patients suffering with breast cancer and move towards precision cancer medicine. 

Why work with us:

We are a team of highly motivated and passionate scientists, clinicians, and technicians. We work in cross-functional teams to address the challenges of breast cancer using both wet and dry lab approaches. We value the thoughts of every team member. While focused on science we create an inclusive, respectful, transparent, jovial, and collaborative environment in the lab. We welcome individuals to be part of our team who like to work in a dynamic environment with endless opportunities to grow and learn. Let’s take on the challenge to solve breast cancer, together.

Open opportunities

  • Small animal research technician (Tech III)
  • Cell and molecular biology technician (Tech II)
  • Senior research technician / Laboratory Manager
  • Postdoctoral research Fellow

We are currently looking for a postdoctoral fellow who would like to join our group! The candidate should be highly motivated with a strong record of research productivity and a background in cancer biology.  Interested individuals should apply by email with a CV detailing research interests and research goals to

Drs. Lee and Oesterreich also accept rotating graduate students from the Interdisciplinary Biomedical Graduate Program (IGBP) (e.g. Molecular Pharmacology, Cell and Molecular Pathology, and Molecular Genetics and Developmental Biology), Human Genetics Program and the Integrative Systems Biology (ISB) Program.

Read testimonials from current and former lab members

The Lee-Oesterreich lab alumni (graduate student and postdoctoral fellows) are pursuing careers in diverse areas. These include:


Michelle Boisen, Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
David Boone Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Xiaojiang Cui, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Cedars Sinai Hospital, Los Angeles, CA
Robert Dearth, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UT Pan Am, Edinburgh, TX
Jason Garee, Ph.D., Molecular Pathology at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-James Cancer Hospital
Amy Hassan, M.D., Assistant Professor, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Daniel Hochbaum, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Buenos Aires
Petra Den Hollander, Ph.D.,  Instructor, UT MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX
Benny Kaipparettu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Tiffany Katz, Ph.D., Instructure, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Hyun-Jung Kim Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
Carolyn Kitchens, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Bethany College, Bethany, WV
Sayali Onkar, Ph.D., Senior Scientist, Vaccine and Cell Therapy Lab, Mount Sinai Tisch Cancer Institute
Jose Pablo Leone, M.D., Assistant Professor, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Thushangi Pathirajaa, Ph.D., Adjunct Faculty at The Community College of Baltimore County Baltimore, MA
Matthew Sikora, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, UCD, Denver ,CO
Winston Tan, M.D., Associate Professor, Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida
Sarah Taylor, M.D., Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Roby Thomas, M.D., Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh
Rebecca Watters, Ph.D , Research Assistant Professor, University of Pittsburgh


Courtney Andersen, Ph.D., Postdoc, AstraZeneca
Emily Bossart, Ph.D., Scientist at Cernostics, Inc, Pittsburgh
Angelo Casa PhD
, Senior Medical Writer, BGB Group, NY
Susan Farabaugh Ph.D., Scientist, Carmell Therapeutics, Pittsburgh
Rekha Gyanchandani Ph.D., Scientist, Western Oncolytics, Pittsburgh
Ryan Hartmaier Ph.D., Associate Director, AstraZeneca, Boston
Margarita Ivanova, Director of Translational Medicine Unit, Lysosomal and Rare Disorders Research Treatment Center, Washington, DC
Ge (Serena) Liao, Senior Principal Biostatistician – Novartis Oncology
Beate Litzenburger Ph.D., Senior Genomics Scientist, Qiagen
Simeen Malik, Ph.D., PhD, Sr. Bioinformatics Scientist, MSD Pharmaceuticals, Kenilworth, NJ
Alison Nagle PhD., Clinical and Research Liaison, Tempus
Nicholas Smith., Ph.D., Associate at ZS, Chicago
Steven Townson, Oncology Scientific Director, MERCK, Seattle, WA

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