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Scientific Advisory Committee

Learn about the highly talented scientists who are working diligently to find new methods of prevention and treatment, and eventual cures for various forms of cancer.

Jean J. Latimer, Ph.D.

Institute Director
Associate Professor, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy

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Jean J. Latimer, Ph.D., is the director of the NSU AutoNation Institute for Breast Cancer Research and Care and an associate professor and cancer research scientist at NSU’s College of Pharmacy. At NSU, Latimer leads a team that investigates human breast tissue for DNA damage that originates from environmental causes.

Stephen G. Grant, Ph.D.

Project Director
Professor, Public Health, Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Stephen Grant, Ph.D. is leading projects that incorporate his research expertise in oncology, developmental biology, DNA repair, and genetics. 

Essie Yates, M.D.


Board Certified Plastic Surgeon

Fort Lauderdale, FL

Dr. Yates is a board-certified plastic surgeon working collaboratively with Drs. Latimer, Zimberg, and Grant to provide reduction mammoplasty tissue from consented patients from Broward County.


Stephen Zimberg, M.D.

Research Advisor

Board Certified Obstetrician Gynecologist

Stephen E. Zimberg is currently enrolled in the Ph.D. program in Nova’s Barry and Judy Silverman College of Pharmacy in the Molecular Medicine and Pharmacogenomics tract and has joined Dr. Jean Latimer’s AutoNation Breast Cancer Research and Care Lab.  Dr. Zimberg currently has an appointment as Clinical Associate Professor, Affiliated, Obstetrics and Gynecology in the Department of Clinical Sciences at Nova Southeastern University School of Allopathic Medicine.

Jose V. Lopez, Ph.D.

Department of Biological Sciences, NSU's Halmos College of Natural Sciences and Oceanography

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Joe V. Lopez, Ph.D. is does groundbreaking research in genomics, molecular biology, systematics and microbiological research.

Lubov Nathanson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Dr. Kiran C. Patel College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Lubov Nathanson, Ph.D. is an expert in bioinformatics, systems biology, molecular biology and biochemistry.

Jaime Tartar, Ph.D.

Professor Research Director, College of Psychology

Research Director, College of Psychology 

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Jaime Tartar, Ph.D. specializes in behavioral neuroscience, with research expertise  in many areas of neuroscience from clinical neurological impairments to basic cell physiology.

Thomas Temple, M.D.

Orthopedic Oncology,  Orthopedic Surgery, University of Miami


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H. Thomas Temple, M.D. has a long-established reputation as a successful surgeon and researcher. His clinical interests are novel treatment of benign and malignant bone and soft tissue tumors in children and adults, tissue transplantation and complex limb reconstruction. His research interests are stem cell applications in bone and cartilage regeneration, tissue banking and developing targeted therapies for sarcomas.

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