Kanti R. Rai, MD

Professor, The Karches Center for Oncology Research, The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Joel Finkelstein Cancer Foundation Professor of Medicine and Molecular Medicine, Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell

Phone: (516) 470-4050
Email: krai@northwell.edu

Research Focus

The Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia Research and Treatment Program has become a landmark for CLL patients worldwide. Dr. Rai has been involved in diagnosing and treating CLL for almost 40 years and the staging system that bears his name came out of his early breakthrough research. He has been collaborating with Nicholas Chiorazzi, MD, and other CLL scientists at the Feinstein Institute for years and their shared commitment has made its mark in the field.

Many of the important aspects of research, currently underway on CLL globally are based on discoveries at the Feinstein Institute. Because of its laboratory and clinical strengths, patients come for treatment in the program and are invited to participate in research at every level. There are basic science studies through Dr. Nicholas Chiorazzi’s lab and almost a dozen clinical trials through the CLL clinical program. Patients are eager to participate in the research underway because they know that it is the only way that scientists will arrive at answers that will ultimately drive towards an effective treatment for CLL. It’s translational science at its best. If clinicians see a pattern in their patients it will be brought back to the lab for further scrutiny. It is critical to understand the disease so that it can lead to better treatments.

CLL is the most common leukemia in the Western world. From basic research to studies which are complemented through collaboration with other groups of scientists such as CLL Research Consortium and the Cancer and Leukemia Group B (CALGB), the CLL program at the Feinstein Institute and Northwell Health has helped all patients with CLL.

Lab Members

Nancy Driscoll
Physician Assistant

Alison Bender
Physician Assistant

Alexis Marks
Supervisor, Res Coord

Breanne Porzelt
Research Coordinator

Danial Ahmed
Assistant Res Coord

Maya Patel
Lab Technologist

Marie Ilagan
Administrative Manager

Nicholas Chiorazzi, MD
Research: Immunobiology of CLL.

Andrea Mazzarello, PhD
Postdoctoral Trainee

Gerardo Ferrer, PhD
Postdoctoral Trainee

Florencia Palacios, PhD
Postdoctoral Trainee

Erin Boyle
Research Assistant

Rahena Chowdhury
Research Assistant

Sophia Yancopoulos
Science Writer

Annette Geiss
Administrative Director

Joy Yan, MD, PhD
Research Assistant Investigator
Research: Gene Expression in CLL B Cells.

Shih-Shih Chen, PhD
Institute Scientist
Research: Human and murine models of CLL.

Steven Ham
Research Assistant

Lu Zhang
Research Assistant

Ragendra Damie, PhD
Research Associate Investigator
Research: Cell Biology of CLL.

Toni Allwood
Medical Secretary