Melinda A. Biernacki, MD
Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
University of Washington School of Medicine
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Bone marrow transplantation
Why do you conduct research?
I am a hematologist-oncologist who specializes in providing bone marrow transplants for people who have leukemia and other blood cancers. In addition to caring for patients at SCCA, I am also a researcher in the laboratory of Dr. Marie Bleakley. Here, my work is focused on developing new immunotherapies for leukemia. By targeting cancer-specific gene mutations, the idea is that these therapies can home in on cancer cells and kill them without harming healthy tissue. In 2016, I received a $25,000 grant from the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research to create new, less toxic immunotherapies for children with acute myeloid leukemia.
What do you want patients to know about working with you?
University of Connecticut
Brown University, Lifespan Hospitals
University of Washington
Medical Oncology, 2017, American Board of Internal Medicine; Pediatrics, 2013, American Board of Pediatrics; Internal Medicine, 2013, American Board of Internal Medicine
Internship, Brown University, Lifespan Hospitals