Jordan Winter, MD
Professor of Surgery and Biochemistry
Chair of Surgical Oncology
Director of Surgical Services
Department of Surgery, University Hospitals
Seidman Cancer Center, University Hospitals
Case Western Reserve School of Medicine
Jordan M. Winter, MD is a nationally recognized, board-certified surgeon with a special interest in the medical and surgical management of pancreatic and related cancers, pancreatic cysts, chronic pancreatitis, bile duct strictures, biliary, gastric and liver cancers and abdominal tumors. He is also the chief of surgical oncology at UH Hospital. He is also a member of the Developmental Therapeutics Program at Case Comprehensive Cancer Center.
Mehrdad Zarei, Ph.D.
Mehrdad’s research focuses on immunometabolism to understand how metabolic pathways alter immune cell function in the tumor microenvironment. Ultimately, his goals are to exploit strategies to improve immune cells infiltration and efficacy for treating cancer.
Currently, he is focusing on understanding the role of isocratic dehydrogenase 1 as one of the important NADPH generating enzymes for the detoxification of ROS in melanoma and tumor-associated immune cells
Omid joined the Winter lab as a graduate student in 2019. His project focuses on the underlying anti-cancer effects of a ketogenic diet against pancreatic cancer. For this project, Omid is specifically focus on underlying metabolism and epigenetic changes that are caused through the effects of a ketogenic diet.
General Surgery Resident
Alex is a General Surgery Resident undertaking dedicated laboratory training with Dr. Winter and Dr. Rothermel. His areas of interest include; cancer metabolism, immunotherapy, and personalized cancer therapies. Alex’s current project focuses on the metabolic vulnerabilities of melanoma in in-vitro and in-vivo models
Clinical trials coordinator
Cassidy joined the Winter lab in 2022 as the Clinical trials coordinator. She is currently recruiting treatment-naive cancer patients in a study that focuses on developing a metabolic signature-based early diagnostic tool for different cancer types
Peter is a master's student in the Department of Physiology who plans on attending medical school after graduating. His research interests include understanding the effect of a ketogenic diet on pancreatic cancer angiogenesis. Outside of research, he enjoys cooking, reading, and listening to podcasts
Faith is a graduate student in the Winter lab, her project focuses on using Nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD+) precursors for pancreatic cancer prevention. Faith intends to uncover the metabolic, and epigenetic reprogramming that happens to cells and tissues in the presence of NAD+ precursors, thus suppressing pancreatic cancer initiation
Bill is a master’s student and lab volunteer who plans to attend medical school in the near future. He is interested in progressing metabolic pathway-based pancreatic cancer research. Some of his favorite activities include spending time with family, dirt bike riding, running, and playing video games
James is a master’s student in the Medical Physiology program, hoping to go to medical school. He is interested in oncology and joined the Winter Lab to assist the team in researching the role of a ketogenic diet in pancreatic cancer progression
Shihong is a master's student in the Biochemistry Department. He is interested in oncology and innovative cancer treatments. Shihong joined the Winter lab to help the team explore the ketogenic diet's impact on pancreatic cancer. Outside the lab, he likes video editing and video gaming.
Helen is a third year premed undergraduate studying biochemistry. Her research interests include the effect of the ketogenic diet on tumor angiogenesis. Outside of research, she loves to play volleyball.
High School Researcher
High School Researcher
Ali Vaziri-Gohar, Ph.D.
Medical Student at OSU
JJ Hue, MD
Resident of surgery
University Hospitals of Cleveland