Lucia Masarova MDAssistant Professor, Department of Leukemia, Division of Cancer Medicine, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas
Dr. Masarova is a highly motivated physician pursuing an academic, translational-research career. She has a broad knowledge, training and expertise in Oncology and Hematology. Her research includes various aspects of hematologic malignancies, with special interest in infections, immune system involvement, and influence of disease background and therapies on their outcome. During her medical training and early in her career (in Slovakia), she served as principal investigator and co-investigator of several research projects on hospital funded grants, or on a voluntary basis, exploring the impact of infectious complications on the outcome of patients with Hematologic Malignancy. Dr. Masarova has actively collaborated with researchers from other European countries and co-developed the largest Central European database of invasive fungal infections. Through these projects, Dr. Masarova has learned the importance of frequent and effective communication among projects members and extended her knowledge in managing and analyzing medical databases, and clinical trials.
As a logical consequence of these experiences, Dr. Masarova has pursued additional postdoctoral and clinical fellowship at MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Texas, USA. Here, Dr. Masarova has focused her research on Leukemias and Myeloproliferative Neoplasms under the mentorship of leading experts in Hematology, such as Srdan Verstovsek, MD, PhD; or Jorge Cortes, MD. This advanced training allowed her to further enhance research skills and gain tremendous clinical experience in treated patients with Leukemias. She also opted to take courses in research design, medical statistics and scientific writing, which significantly improved her efficiency in conducting and analyzing clinical research. During this time, Dr. Masarova completed many research projects and first-authored several manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals as well as presented her research at the world’s largest Hematologic and Oncologic Conferences. In addition to her clinical and research training, Dr. Masarova acquired leadership and administrative skills, and taught medical students and residents. Because of her medical background and experience Dr. Masarova feels well prepared to take care of patients with Hematologic Malignancies and carry out complex research projects.