Research Leadership Council

The Research Leadership Council (RLC) has responsibility for coordination, planning, and oversight of HCI's research portfolio and is accountable for the design and execution of Cancer Center goals. The Council is chaired by the CEO/Director and includes representatives from the Director's Cabinet, all Cancer Program Leaders, Staff Investigators, HCI-managed Shared Resource Directors, representation of the Disease-Oriented Research Teams (DOTs), HCI clinical research operations, and senior administrators. This group participates actively in strategic planning for HCI research initiatives, and directs evaluation of Programs, Shared Resources, and membership. 

Huntsman Cancer Institute's Research Leadership Council 

Kathleen A. Cooney, MD, FACP
Interim CEO and Director Huntsman Cancer Institute Chair,
Department of Internal Medicine, University of Utah Health
Professor, Internal Medicine

Wallace L. Akerley, MD
Medical Director, Utah Cancer Registry
Chair, Protocol Review and Monitoring Committee
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Oncology

Donald E. Ayer, PhD
Director, Cancer Training Innovation, HCI
Professor, Department of Oncological Sciences

Kenneth M. Boucher, PhD
Director, Cancer Biostatistics Shared Resource, HCI
Research Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Epidemiology

Donna Branson
Director, Patient and Public Education, HCI

Bradley R. Cairns, PhD
Senior Director, Basic Science, HCI
Co-Leader, Nuclear Control Program
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Jon and Karen Huntsman Presidential Professor in Cancer Research
Professor and Chair, Department of Oncological Sciences

Lisa Cannon-Albright, PhD
Staff Investigator, HCI
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, and
Chief, Division of Genetic Epidemiology
Professor, Biomedical Informatics

Samir Courdy, MBA
Director, Research Informatics Shared Resource, HCI

Brian K. Dalley, PhD
Section Director, High-Throughput Genomics
High-Throughput Genomics and Bioinformatic Analysis Shared Resource, HCI

Michael W. Deininger, MD, PhD
Senior Director, Transdisciplinary Research, HCI
M. M. Wintrobe, MD Presidential Endowed Chair in Internal Medicine
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, and
Chief, Division of Hematology and Hematological Malignancies

Jennifer A. Doherty, MS, PhD
Staff Investigator, HCI
Huntsman Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
Associate Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, Division of Cancer Population Health Sciences

Gary Christopher Fillmore, PhD
Director, Biorepository and Molecular Pathology Shared Resource, HCI

David K. Gaffney, MD, PhD
Senior Director, Clinical Research, HCI
Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology

Renae Hepler
Director, Administration and Research Administration, HCI

John M. Hoffman, MD
Willard Snow Hansen Presidential Endowed Chair in Cancer Research
Director, Nuclear Medicine
Director, Center for Quantitative Cancer Imaging
Professor, Department of Radiology, Division of Clinical Radiology
Professor, Department of Neurology

Wendy K. Kohlmann, MA, CGC
Director, Genetic Counseling Shared Resource, HCI
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Population Health Sciences, Division of Cancer Population
Health Sciences

Scott S. Lloyd, MBA, CPA
Senior Director, Finance and Administration, HCI

Ana Maria Lopez, MD
Director, Cancer Health Equity, HCI
Associate Vice President, Health Equity and Inclusion for Health Sciences
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Oncology

Martin McMahon, PhD
Senior Director, Pre-Clinical Translation, HCI
Co-Leader, Experimental Therapeutics Program, HCI
Cumming-Presidential Professor of Cancer Biology
Professor, Department of Dermatology

Kathleen Mooney, PhD, RN, FAAN
Co-Leader, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, HCI
Distinguished Professor, Nursing

David A. Nix, PhD
Section Director, Bioinformatic Analysis
High-Throughput Genomics and Bioinformatic Analysis Shared Resource, HCI

John M. O’Shea, PhD
Section Director, Molecular Diagnostics
Biorepository and Molecular Pathology Shared Resource, HCI

Elizabeth A. Raetz, MD
Chair, Data and Safety Monitoring Committee, HCI
Professor, Department of Pediatrics, Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology

Jody Rosenblatt, PhD
Co-Leader, Cell Response and Regulation Program, HCI
Associate Professor, Department of Oncological Sciences

Jared P. Rutter, PhD
Co-Leader, Nuclear Control Program, HCI
Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute
Professor, Department of Biochemistry

Sunil Sharma, MD, MBA, FACP
Deputy Center Director, HCI
Co-Leader, Experimental Therapeutics Program, HCI
Jon and Karen Huntsman Presidential Professor in Cancer Research
Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Oncology

Ken R. Smith, PhD
Director, Utah Population Database Shared Resource, HCI
Professor, Department of Family and Consumer Studies

Carol Sweeney, PhD
Director, Utah Cancer Registry
Associate Professor, Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Epidemiology

Sean V. Tavtigian, PhD
Co-Leader, Cancer Control and Population Sciences Program, HCI
Professor, Department of Oncological Sciences

Cornelia Ulrich, MS, PhD
Senior Director, Population Sciences, HCI
Jon and Karen Huntsman Presidential Professor in Cancer Research
Professor, Department of Population Heath Sciences, and
Chief, Division of Cancer Population Health Sciences

Alana L. Welm, PhD
Co-Leader, Cell Response and Regulation Program, HCI
Associate Professor, Department of Oncological Sciences