Sadik Esener, Ph.D.

Professor of Nanoengineering, UC San Diego

Dr. Sadik Esener is a highly innovative investigator who develops and applies novel technologies for the advancement of cancer medicine. He served as the director and PI of the NCI funded NanoTumor Center, a Center of Cancer Nanotechnology of Excellence. He now runs a lab at the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center which studies various approaches for using nanotechnology for cancer detection, monitoring, and treatment. Dr. Esener has had many experiences translating technologies developed at the university. He has founded more than 10 companies in the biotech and optics space including Nanogen, Optical Micro-Machines, Parallel Solutions, Genoptix, Call/Recall, Ziva, and Sonrgy. He serves on the Board of Trustees of Sabanci University. Dr. Esener received his B.S. in Electronic and Telecommunication Engineering from Istanbul Technical University, and M.S. from the University of Michigan. He completed his Ph.D. in Applied Physics and Electrical Engineering from UC San Diego.

Dennis Carson, M.D.
Professor Emeritus, UC San Diego Department of Medicine

Dr. Dennis Carson is professor emeritus in the Department of Medicine at the University of California, San Diego. He was Director of the UCSD Moores Cancer Center from 2003-2011 and Director of the Stein Institute for Aging from 1990-2003. He has published more than 500 scientific papers, is an inventor on more than 70 U.S. and international patents, and has founded 7 biotech companies. Among his accomplishments, Carson developed a chemotherapeutic agent, 2-chlorodeoxyadenosine, or 2-CdA, for the treatment of hairy cell leukemia. This drug, now called cladribine, is the treatment of choice for this disease and has resulted in long term, complete remissions in about 75 percent of patients, often after just a single infusion. His current research focuses on the development of inhibitors of Wnt signaling inhibitors and immune system modulators.

Anne Roberts, M.D.
Chief of Vascular and Interventional Radiology, UC San Diego

Dr. Anne Roberts is an interventional radiologist and an advocate for the use of focused ultrasound as a non-invasive alternative to surgery. At the UC San Diego Health System, she regularly uses image-guided focused ultrasound to treat her patients with uterine fibroids. Dr. Roberts spent a sabbatical year working at the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in the Division of Cardiovascular, Respiratory, and Neurological Devices (Office of Device Evaluation) in the Center for Devices & Radiologic Health (CDRH). During that year she was involved in evaluating many devices prior to them coming to market. After completing her sabbatical, she was appointed to serve on the FDA's Circulatory System Devices Panel. Dr. Roberts received her B.A. and M.A. in History from UC Los Angeles and her M.D. at UC San Diego. She completed her residency and a fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital.