Ana P. Gomes

Ana P. Gomes, PhD

Principal Investigator, Department of Molecular Oncology

I am originally from Portugal, where I obtained my BS in Biology at the University of Coimbra. Subsequently, I did my PhD with Dr. David Sinclair at Harvard Medical School, focusing on the molecular mechanisms of aging. I found that during aging, and before accumulation of genetic damage, a decline in NAD+ reprograms muscle cells to induce cancer-related metabolic pathways to drive muscle dysfunction. Following my PhD, I did a postdoc at Weill Cornell Medicine with Dr. John Blenis where I explored the role of aging as a determinant of cancer progression and metastasis formation. Outside of the lab, I enjoy travelling the world and getting to know new cultures. I also really enjoy music and love to go to concerts and dancing.  -  Curriculum vitae





Didem Ilter

Didem Ilter, PhD

Research Scientist

I grew up in Turkey, and came to the US to do my undergraduate studies at Williams College where I double majored in Biochemistry and Economics. It was during this time that I fell in love with research. I went on to do a Ph.D. followed by a postdoc with Dr. John Blenis first at Harvard University and later at Weill Cornell Medicine studying how oncogenic signaling driven by MAPK/ERK pathway drives an epigenetic reprogramming essential for metastasis formation. In the Gomes Lab, I study age-related epigenetic and metabolic mechanisms of immune regulation. In addition to science, I love reading dystopian fiction and baking. I also really enjoy traveling! So far, Italy is my favorite destination, but looking forward to see other counties that will make me change my mind.





Nadir Sarigul

Nadir Sarigul

Data Analyst

I was born and raised in a small village in the east of Turkey. I moved to the US in 2011 to pursue my bachelor’s degree. I graduated from Monroe College with a BS in Information and Technology. Over the past few years I have worked on web designing and social media marketing before I turned to coding and data analysis. Helping people has always been dear to me and as such I decided to use my skills to help identifying new treatments that can help cancer patients. In the Gomes Lab I use in silico data analysis tools to find new age-driven mechanisms that aid tumor progression. I am a people’s person, so outside the lab I really enjoy hanging out with friends and meeting new people. I also love to travel and really enjoy winter and water sports.





Melina T. Bertulfo

Grants Administrator 

Prior to joining Moffitt in 2018, I provided over a decade of complex administrative support in the professional services industry serving the Fortune 500. I am passionate about providing effective support to all aspects of research administration, in particular, by gaining efficiencies through process improvement and effective communications. I have authored procedure manuals which have helped to facilitate learning, as well as to ensure business continuity. I earned a bachelor’s degree in Humanities with a concentration in Art History and Classical Civilization from Florida State University. A native of New York City, I’ve also resided in Metro DC and now call Tampa home. Outside of work, I enjoy time spent with family, travelling, visiting museums, reading and running races. I completed my first half marathon in February 2020.