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Lab Members

Clifford S. Cho, M.D.Clifford S. Cho, M.D., F.A.C.S.

Principal Investigator

Cliff is the C. Gardner Child Professor of Surgery and Chief of the Division of Hepatopancreatobiliary and Advanced Gastrointestinal Surgery at the University of Michigan.  He graduated with Honors from Brown University and attended medical school at the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, where he met his wife Karen.  After his surgical training and Administrative Chief Residency at the University of Wisconsin, he completed the surgical oncology fellowship at the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, where he served as the Administrative Chief Fellow.  Cliff’s first tenured faculty position was at the University of Wisconsin, where he served as Associate Residency Program Director and Co-Director of the Gastrointestinal Disease Oriented Working Group of the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center.  In 2016, he and Karen and their children Marjorie and Andrew moved to the University of Michigan, where they are closer to family and home. http://surgery.med.umich.edu/general/patient/faculty/cliffcho.shtml  

Anutosh Ganguly, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Anutosh (Toly) will be joining as a Research Faculty in the Department of Surgery from September 2019. He is a scientist member of the Cancer Immunotherapy group led by Dr. Clifford Cho, from late 2018. Anutosh graduated from Bose Institute, India. Anutosh uses microscopy, using both optical and electron imaging to answer the translational questions in oncology, cell biology, and immunology. Anutosh has served as first, co-first or corresponding author in 19 out of 23 peer-reviewed research and review articles. Nine of them featured the microscopy work on the cover. His research work has been funded by Canadian Institute of Health Research and Alberta Lung Association. Anutosh lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with his children Agniva and Mihika.

Amy Felsted, M.D.

Resident Fellow, General Surgery

Shibin Qu, M.D., PhD candidate

Visiting scholar

Shibin is a joint PhD candidate graduate student in the Cho laboratory at the University of Michigan, visiting from China.  He received his medical bachelor degree from the Anhui University of Science and Technology.  After completing his undergraduate studies, he entered the general surgery PhD program at the Xijing hospital China.  His previous research topic is to reveal noncoding RNA biology in cancer. He has published several papers about noncoding RNA in cancer.  His interest in cancer immunotherapy and diversified research background were critical in his successful recruitment to joining the Cho laboratory, where his quick skill acquisition has enabled him to provide scientific productivity and insight.

Ashley Pepple, M.S.E.

Research Specialist

Ashley is an alumna of the University of Michigan who joined the Cho laboratory as a member of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) in September 2016.  She obtained a B.S. in Cellular and Molecular Biology and an M.S.E. in Biomedical Engineering while at Michigan.  She is currently working in our laboratory while she takes two gap years before applying to medical school. Her interest in medicine was critical in her successful recruitment to joining the Cho laboratory, where her quick skills acquisition has enabled her to provide enormous scientific productivity and insight. She is planning to pursue a career in medicine, with a focus on oncology.


Alicia Kevelin, B.S.

Research Assistant

Alicia is an alumna of the University of Michigan who joined the Cho laboratory as a member of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP).  In 2019 she obtained her degree in Cellular and Molecular Biology, and was introduced to laboratory research in the Department of Chemistry as a freshman, where she conducted studies in analytical and environmental chemistry.  After identifying a career goal in medicine, she was recruited to join the Cho laboratory, where she quickly became a critical and contributing member of the team.  Alicia serves as a peer mentor in the Women in Science and Engineering Residence Program of the University of Michigan, with hopes to encourage other young women to pursue careers in STEM fields.  Alicia is looking forward to a career in medicine upon completion of her undergraduate studies.


Hannah Garavaglia

Undergraduate Student

Hannah Garavaglia is an undergraduate at the University of Michigan who joined the Cho Laboratory as a member of the Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program (UROP) in the Fall of 2018. She plans to pursue a B.S. in Public Health Sciences through the University’s School of Public Health. In addition to participating in clinical research through the Craniofacial Clinic at C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital, she looks forward to continuing research in the Cho Laboratory and contributing more towards identifying new T cell-based strategies for cancer immunotherapy. In the future, Hannah hopes to pursue a career in medicine, with particular interests in pediatrics and oncology.

Joe Dib

Undergraduate Student

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