Meet Our Research Team

MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center Research Team

As leaders in research and treatment cancer, clinical research is vital at the MD Anderson Proton Therapy Center as it can potentially improve and/or change health care practice. Clinical trials help find innovative ways to prevent, detect or treat diseases. Therefore, it is no surprise that MD Anderson has the most cancer clinical trials in the world.

What does our research team do?

Our researchers come from diverse science-based backgrounds. The team introduces and enrolls patients to the clinical studies as well as maintains data through the life of the study. This includes clinical studies in different cancers such as head and neck, pediatric, prostate, breast and others.

Who are they?

In honor of Cancer Research Month, we thank our clinical research team for all they do. They are essential in our mission to end cancer.

Meet some of our research team. Find out more about what they do at work and outside of work.

Meet Menna Teferra, Supervisor, Clinical Studies

Q. What inspired you to choose your field of work?
A. While obtaining my Master’s degree at Georgetown University, I worked in the Division of Comparative Medicine where I studied motor control abnormalities in non-human primates. This experience opened the door to the world of clinical research.

Q. What’s your favorite part of your job?
A. I enjoy contributing to the mission of MD Anderson. Also, I like connecting with our patients and learning from our incredible physicians.

Q. Who is your hero?
A. My hero is definitely my father. He lived such a dignified life, which left a profound impression on me.

Meet Nancy Philip, Clinical Studies Coordinator

Q. What do you do here at the Proton Therapy Center?
A. I do clinical research on various trials.

Q. What is something no one knows about you?
A. I can cut my own hair.

Meet Noveen Ausat, Senior Research Data Coordinator

Q. What do you do here at the Proton Therapy Center?
A. I consent patients onto research studies, collect data, and assist with data analysis and writing for some of our research publications.

Q. What’s your favorite part of your job?
A. I love meeting and interacting with patients. I’m a people-person and genuinely enjoy getting to know people and helping them as much as I can.

Q. What is your favorite thing to do in Houston?
A. There’s so much to do in Houston; I love exploring, finding new places I’ve never been to, and seeing all that Houston has to offer.

Meet Megan Byrd, Research Data Coordinator

Q. What do you do here at the Proton Therapy Center?
A. I consent pediatric patients on proton data collection studies and maintain their correlating databases for future data analysis.

Q. What’s your favorite part of your job?
A. My favorite part of my job is being able to work with pediatric patients and seeing them remain in high spirits as they go through treatment.

For more information, view current Proton Therapy Center clinical trials or call toll-free: 1-866-943-7405.