Meet our Team!

Ian Davis, M.D., Ph.D.

Principal Investigator


Ian Davis is interested in the application of integrated genome-wide approaches to identify the epigenetic and chromatin biology consequences of genetic alterations in human cancers. Primary foci of the lab include Ewing sarcoma in which we explore the mechanism through which the necessary chromosomal translocation-derived fusion oncoprotein EWSR1-FLI1 regulates chromatin states and target genes. Because of our expertise in epigenomics, we also collaborate with labs across the campus studying other cancers and developmental disorders. Dr. Davis is also a pediatric hematologist-oncologist with a focus on children and young adults with bone and soft tissue sarcomas.

In his free time, Ian enjoys spending time with his family, woodworking, and doing the NYT crossword puzzle.

Dick Vitale Pediatric Cancer Research Fund, The V Foundation, 2023
G. Denman Hammond Professorship for Childhood Cancer
Martin D. Abeloff V Scholar Award
Rita Allen Foundation Scholar

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Phone: (919) 966-5360


Justin Sperlazza, M.D., Ph.D.

Justin completed his medical and doctoral training at Virginia Commonwealth University. In his free time, he enjoys archery and barbecuing.

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Alex Belt, Ph.D.

Alex completed his doctoral studies at Virginia Commonwealth University. In his free time, he enjoys backwoods camping and playing video games.

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Joseph Foster

Joey completed his bachelor’s degree at Duke University. In his free time, he enjoys golfing and spending time with his family.

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Caroline Fraser

Caroline completed her bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at Georgia Tech. In her free time, she enjoys rock climbing and playing with her dog, Cooper.

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Kevin Field

Kevin completed his bachelor’s at the University of South Carolina and is currently pursuing his MD/PhD. In his free time, he enjoys running and cooking.

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Andrew McFadden

Andy has worked here since the lab opened in 2006! In his free time, he enjoys watching sports and playing with his 4 dogs.

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Anna Jin

Anna is currently a junior at UNC studying Biology. In her free time, she enjoys playing volleyball and traveling.

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