The Ben Towne Center's leadership team, faculty and staff includes some of the world's top pediatric cancer researchers and scientists.

Leadership

Michael Jensen, MD

JensenDr. Michael Jensen is director of the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children's Research Institute and professor of hematology-oncology at the University of Washington School of Medicine. 

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Leslie Kean, MD, PhD

KeanDr. Leslie Kean is the Ben Towne Center's associate director.

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Faculty

Courtney Crane, PhD

CraneDr. Courtney Crane is a principal investigator at the Ben Towne Center and an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine.

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Rebecca A. Gardner, MD

GardnerDr. Rebecca Gardner is a principal investigator at the Ben Towne Center, an attending physician at Seattle Children's Hospital and an acting assistant professor in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Washington.

Vandana Kalia, PhD

Vandana Kalia BTCCCRDr. Vandana Kalia is a principal investigator at the Ben Towne Center and an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. She is studying how genes regulate T cells, and is pursuing ways to commandeer that process and help T cells to destroy tumors.

Surojit Sarkar, PhD

SarkarDr.Surojit Sarkar is a principal investigator at the Ben Towne Center and an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He is pursuing ways to help the immune system remember cancer and attack it if it relapses – whether that’s months or decades after a child goes into remission.

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Corinne Summers, MD

Corinne Summers leadershipDr. Corinne Summers is a principal investigator in the Ben Towne Center, an acting instructor at the University of Washington and a research associate at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.