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CCG Contacts and Help

NCI Center for Cancer Genomics Staff

Center for Cancer Genomics staff are available to answer questions about our programs and resources. Guidance on who to contact is provided under Getting Help. For cancer-related questions, please visit the NCI Contact Center.



Dr. Louis Staudt, Director

Dr. Louis Staudt, Director

In 2013, NCI Director Dr. Harold Varmus appointed Dr. Louis Staudt director of the NCI’s Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG), which aims to develop and apply genome science to better diagnose and treat cancer patients. In addition to his work overseeing CCG programs including The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), TARGET, and numerous other programs and collaborations, Dr. Staudt is also Co-Chief of the Lymphoid Malignancies Branch of the NCI’s Center for Cancer Research. As principal investigator, Dr. Staudt has pioneered the use of gene expression profiling to discover molecularly distinct cancer subtypes, and defined molecular subtypes of lymphoma based on B cell differentiation that are now considered distinct diseases.

Dr. Staudt received his B.A. from Harvard College in 1976 and his M.D. and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Pennsylvania in 1982. Following Internal Medicine training, he joined David Baltimore's laboratory at the Whitehead Institute, then established his own laboratory at the NCI in 1988. He has received several awards for his outstanding accomplishments in the field of cancer genomics, including the Dameshek Prize from the American Society of Hematology in 2009, the title of NIH Distinguished Investigator in 2011, and election to the National Academy of Sciences in 2013.

Center for Cancer Genomics
31 Center Drive, Room 10A11
Bethesda, MD 20892


Staff Listing

Jean C. Zenklusen
Jean C. Zenklusen, M.S., Ph.D.
Deputy Director
Melissa Porter
Melissa Porter, M.S.
Director of Operations
Pamela C. Birriel
Pamela C. Birriel, Ph.D.
Cancer Target Discovery and Development (CTD²) Program Manager
Samantha Caesar-Johnson
Samantha Caesar-Johnson, M.S.
Genome Data Analysis Network
(GDAN) Program Manager
Cathy Collins
Cathy Collins
Program Support
John A. Demchok

John A. Demchok, M.S.
Clinical Data Quality Manager

Arlene Dyer

Arlene Dyer, B.A., M.B.A.
Special Assistant to the Director

Martin Ferguson

Martin Ferguson, Ph.D.
External Consultant

Image of Cindy Kyi

Cindy W. Kyi, Ph.D.
Human Cancer Models Initiative
(HCMI) Program Manager

Julyann Pérez-Mayoral

Julyann Pérez-Mayoral, Ph.D.
Human Cancer Models Initiative
(HCMI) Program Manager

Roya Rafiee

Roya Rafiee, BSN., M.Sc., Ph.D.
Cancer Target Discovery and Development (CTD²) Program Manager

David Sturgill, Ph.D.
Genomic Data Commons
(GDC) Program Manager

Roy Tarnuzzer

Roy Tarnuzzer, Ph.D.
Biospecimen Core Resource
(BCR) Program Director

Eva Tongsing-Carter

Eva Tonsing-Carter, Ph.D.
Human Cancer Models Initiative
(HCMI) Program Manager

Peggy I. Wang

Peggy I. Wang, Ph.D.
Genome Data Analysis Network
(GDAN) Program Manager

Liming Yang

Liming Yang, Ph.D.
Genome Characterization Centers
(GCC) Program Director



Getting Help with CCG Programs

Various team members of programs run by Center for Cancer Genomics (CCG) are available to answer further questions about the center's program and data. Please keep in mind:

  • CCG cannot share samples or analytes from TCGA, TARGET, or any other programs with any external entities.
  • CCG program staff do not provide help with bioinformatics or guidance on independent research projects that use data generated by CCG programs.

Program Questions

Questions about how a particular program was administered, including sample intake, analyte production, molecular characterization, and generation of cell models may be directed to CCG’s general email or specific program managers. Questions about navigating HCMI’s searchable catalog, the CTD2 Data Dashboard and Data Portal may also be directed to CCG’s general email.


Data Questions

CTD2 Network researchers generate functional genomics data that is available via the CTD2 Dashboard and Data Portal. Questions on specific data sets may be directed to the specific researchers who generated and submitted the data.

Sequencing and other molecular characterization data generated by CCG programs is available through NCI's Genomic Data Commons (GDC). Assistance with locating and gaining access to data, understanding data processing performed by the GDC, and using GDC's Data Portal and other resources may be directed to GDC's helpdesk.


Controlled access to molecular data is managed by the NIH Database of Genotypes and Phenotypes (dbGaP). For problems accessing controlled access data, users should visit dbGaP’s FAQ page or contact the dbGaP helpdesk.

Other Ways to Find Information

Program-specific questions may be directed to appropriate CCG staff. TCGA program-related questions may also be directed to NHGRI Program Staff.

TCGA and other CCG programs are not currently accepting patient samples. More about donating biospecimens and other options for contributing to cancer research.

Questions related to patient information or treatment should be directed to a medical doctor. For cancer-related information, visit NCI's Contact Center.

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