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Only through teamwork can we push forward the boundaries of science to make a difference for patients

Our preclinical and clinical teams aim to improve the lives of children and adults by fostering new innovation through scientific advances and forward-thinking ideas. This is made possible through the dedication of all of our team members and the creation of integrated inclusive work environments where we value and respect diversity and inclusion. 

 

VALUES

TEAMWORK
INCLUSION
RESPECT
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SUPPORT
INTEGRITY
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DIVERSITY
TRUST
FREEDOM OF ENQUIRY & EXPRESSION
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EQUITY
HONESTY
 
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Dr Thakor is a translational scientist, interventional physician, and entrepreneur who is the Principle Investigator and Director of the IRIS program – his vision and work encompass cutting edge research where he is able to create and develop novel therapies and innovative technologies and then translate these into the clinical setting to advance new minimally invasive precision sampling and delivery approaches for patient care. His background has been defined by the number 2 having completed: 2 doctoral degrees, 2 master’s degrees, 2 sub-specialty certifications in adult and pediatric interventional radiology, and having worked in 2 countries, the UK and Canada, before coming to the US. He is one of a few practicing interventional radiologists who runs a federally funded translational laboratory and has helped start, advise and strategize for several start-ups as well as large corporate companies.  His goal is to improve patient care and outcomes across multiple disease states in both adult and pediatric patients. He has a particular passion for helping children with the majority of his clinical care performed at Lucile Packard Children Hospital (LPCH) at Stanford where he helps treat babies and children from as small as 500g to over 100kg.

 

PROFILE  |  PUBLICATIONS  | CONTACT: asthakor@stanford.edu

Director

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Avnesh S Thakor

BA, MA, MSc, MD, PhD, MB BChir, FHEA, FRCR(IR)

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LEADERSHIP

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Joyce Wilson

EXECUTIVE ASSOCIATE

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Fantahun Degeneh

EXECUTIVE MANAGER

CORE SCIENTISTS

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Jing Wang
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Rosita Primavera
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Abantika Ganguly
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Reza Yarani

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CORE POSTDOCS

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Shashank Chetty
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Shobha Regmi
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Steven Levitte
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CORE INTERNS

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Alfred Yu
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Alvaro Bermudez-Canete
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Hannah Ricioli
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Shaini Patel

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ASSOCIATES

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Aynur Unal

EXECUTIVE ADVISOR

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Niloofar Yavari
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Jim Zhong

ADJUNCT STUDENT

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Syed Hadi Ahmed

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Lili Bettencourt

ADJUNCT STUDENT

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Michael Okafor

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Raina Kikani

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Sophie Frolik

ADJUNCT STUDENT

 

OPPORTUNITIES

Highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellows, Graduate Students and Undergraduate Students with a strong interest in diabetes, stem cell biology and oncology are always welcome. Postdoctoral candidates should have a PhD, MD or PhD-MD degree with a strong background in one or more of the following areas: molecular and cell biology, stem cell and cancer biology and have prior experience in working with small and large animal models. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to have critical thinking abilities with excellent technical, organizational and communication skills. The successful candidates will be working with Avnesh S Thakor, MD PhD, in the Department of Radiology at Stanford University. Please email your CV and Cover Letter along with your Research interest to: asthakor@stanford.edu

OPEN POSITIONS
 

OUR BOND

Our teams are highly functional, not because we work well and collaborate together, but because we work as an extended family whereby we respect, support and empower each other to reach beyond what we are capable of.  

 

OUR LEGACY

While people move on to new opportunities, they always remain a part of the IRIS family.