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Last Updated: 03/26/20

Cheryl Pickett-Gies, MD, PhD


Cheryl Pickett-Gies, MD, PhD, joined the Investigational Drug Branch and CTEP in January of 2020 to focus on early clinical trials of immunotherapy agents. Before coming to IDB, she was a Clinical Research Medical Director in Oncology at Amgen.

Dr. Pickett earned her PhD in biochemistry at the University of California (UC) Davis and her MD at the University of Colorado. She completed internship and residency in Internal Medicine at UC Davis and a clinical and research fellowship in Endocrinology at the University of Colorado. She subsequently held academic appointments at the University of Colorado and then at the University of Washington Medical Centers before moving from academia to clinical development positions in the biotech/pharma sector, first at Merck and later at Amgen.

Dr. Pickett's early research focused on the mechanisms by which growth factors and hormones modulate activity of protein kinases and phosphatases; subsequently including work to elucidate how aberrancies in these signal transduction mechanisms modulate gene transcription and cell growth in tumor models. During her fellowship and academic appointments her clinical focus was on diagnosis and management of endocrine tumors; she was co-founder of a multidisciplinary endocrine tumor clinic at the University of Washington. Upon moving to biotech/pharma research in 2004, she has established broad oncology clinical trial expertise developing and conducting trials across phases1-3, covering a wide range of compounds, mechanisms of action, and tumor indications in both company sponsored and in collaborative projects.

About the Acting Branch Chief

Steven Gore, MD Steven Gore, MD, earned his undergraduate and doctoral degrees at Yale, performed his residency at the University of Chicago and his oncology fellowship at Johns Hopkins. He rose from instructor to full professor at Johns Hopkins, and, in 2013, he became professor of medicine and director of hematologic malignancies at Yale. He joined the Investigational Drug Branch at CTEP in 2020. More…