Carmen Bergom, MD, PhD, MPhil

Carmen Bergom, MD, PhD, MPhil

Principal Investigator
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology

Education

  • BS, Biology & Chemical Engineering: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA (1998)
  • PhD, Cell Biology: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (2006)
  • MD: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (2008)
  • Residency, Radiation Oncology: Medical College of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, WI (2013)

Dr. Bergom treats breast cancer patients and her research laboratory focuses on using innovative genetic models to improve the therapeutic ratio of radiation therapy, with a special focus on minimizing cardiac toxicity. Throughout her training and career, Dr. Bergom has been interested in coupling basic research findings with translational and clinical research.

Amanda Klaas, RVT

Amanda Klaas, RVT

Laboratory Manager

I graduated Parkland College in 2005 with my associates in veterinary technology and became a board certified Registered Veterinary Technician in 2006. Immediately following graduation, I obtained a job at Washington University in the radiology department in the pre-clinical imaging facility and worked there for 15+ years before joining the Bergom Lab in September 2020.

Lauren Pedersen, PhD

Lauren Pedersen, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate

  • BS in Kinesiology – University of Virginia (2012)
  • MS in Health and Movement Sciences – Virginia Commonwealth University (2016)
  • PhD in Rehabilitation and Movement Sciences – Virginia Commonwealth University (2021)

Alireza Sargazi, MD

Alireza Sargazi, MD

Visiting Researcher

I graduated from the Faculty of Medicine at Mashhad University of Medical Sciences in 2017. I have been working as a General Practitioner since then, and alongside my clinical practice, I have been conducting research in the medical fields. I am a book reader and used to be a part-time soccer coach. I also played soccer and volleyball for the University. I am willing to embrace new skills and knowledge at any given moment!

Gerard Walls, MD, PhD

Gerard Walls, MD, PhD

Fulbright Scholar Postdoctoral Researcher

  • MD – Queen’s University Belfast (2012)
  • MRCP – Royal College of Physicians (2015)
  • FRCR – Royal College of Radiologists (2019)
  • PhD – Queen’s University Belfast (2022)

Gerard is a Fulbright Scholar from Ireland, where he is a final-year clinical-academic oncology resident. In his hospital role, Gerard focuses on radiation therapy and systemic therapy for lung cancer. His CRUK-funded postdoctoral research is centered on improving understanding of the interaction of radiotherapy with the heart.

William Lo, MD, PhD

William Lo, MD, PhD

Resident Physician

  • MD, Health Sciences and Technology (HST) program: Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA (2019)
  • PhD, Harvard Biophysics (HST Medical Engineering and Medical Physics stream): Harvard University and MIT, Cambridge, MA (2017)
  • Internship, internal medicine: BIDMC, Boston, MA (2020)

Felicia Grogan

Felicia Grogan

Research Technician II

I received my BA in Psychology from Truman State University in 2012. I worked in both human and veterinary emergency clinical care before moving my focus to research. I worked on animal care teams at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and Georgetown University before joining the Bergom Lab at Washington University in St. Louis.

Sylvia Morfin

Sylvia Morfin

Research Technician

Abby Heck

Abby Heck

Medical Student

I am a medical student at Washington University in St. Louis, graduating in the class of 2026. Prior to joining the Bergom Lab, I received my BS in Mathematics in 2021 from the University of Notre Dame, where I also competed on the women’s varsity golf team.

Kollin Kolb

Kollin Kolb

Undergraduate Researcher

I am an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis, graduating in the class of 2026. I lived in Branson, Missouri prior to joining the Bergom lab in the summer of 2022. I am majoring in biology on the pre-med track. Outside of school and the lab, I am on the WashU Bears football team.

Jack Stickler

Jack Stickler

Undergraduate Researcher

I am an undergraduate researcher studying neuroscience through the biology department on the pre-med track. At home, I have two dogs named Coco and Skye. When I am not in the lab, I row on the crew team and I enjoy lifting.

Lena Zein

Lena Zein

Administrative Assistant

I was born in Lebanon and raised in several different countries as my parents loved to travel. I enjoy diversity and meeting people from all over the world. St. Louis is my home and I love everything about it. I graduated from the American College in London with a B.S. in Business Administration and a minor in Managing Information Systems.  In my free time, I love to read, write, socialize with people and travel/discover different parts of the world. I have worked as an Administrative Assistant for 22 years and I enjoy and love being able to make life easier for others. Making a difference in life in any form is my main goal and objective.