Cancer Research Center Staff

  Marnie Clark is the Director of the CRC and has been with the organization for more than 18 years. She has served as Development Director from 1994 to 1999, and was a member of CRC’s Board of Trustees from 1999 to 2001 while working at William Woods University. She has extensive experience in public relations and association management. Marnie is a member of Columbia Metro Rotary, Fraternal Order of Eagles Auxiliary, Columbia Elks Lodge and Cosmopolitan Luncheon Club. She is an active member of the Columbia Chamber of Commerce where she has Chaired the Chamber Ambassadors, as well as various committees. She was a 2003 recipient of the 40 under 40 in Columbia Award and is a graduate of Leadership Columbia. She earned a BFA degree from William Woods College. Marnie lives in Fulton with her husband, Michael and their children, Bailey, Brian & Austin.

Dr. Chiswili Yves Chabu  is the Scientific Director of the Cancer Research Center and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Biological Sciences at MU where his laboratory works on mechanisms promoting tumor progression. Dr. Chabu is also affiliated with the College of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Surgery at the Ellis Fischel Cancer Center/MU School of Medicine. Dr. Chabu received his PhD from the University of Oregon and his post-doctoral training at Yale University School of Medicine.

Jack Jack Bozarth is the Director of Development at the CRC. He is responsible for fund raising and public affairs. He is a retired Air Force Officer who was the Public Affairs Officer for the Commissioner of Military Affairs of the state of Alaska. He is married to the former Ann Freese of Columbia and has three children and four grandchildren. Born in Kansas City and raised in Raytown, Missouri. He is a graduate of Central Missouri State University and was awarded a MS degree by Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. He is a member of the Columbia Elks Lodge No. 594, Missouri Aerie 2730 of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, and Twilight Lodge No. 114 AF&AM.

McGee 2015 3931 2535Alycia McGee is the Executive Assistant and joined the CRC team in July of 2008. She is dedicated to managing the database, photographing special events and lab research projects along with designing the Annual Report and advertisements throughout the year. She was born in Mexico, MO where her father still resides. She graduated from Centralia High School and earned her Bachelor’s degree at Columbia College in Columbia. Through the years, she found her passion for photography after the loss of her mother to breast cancer. Since then, she has worn the hats of an artist, a photographer and an office manager and is proud to combine all of her talents at the Cancer Research Center. She resides on a quiet little street in southern Columbia.

  Dr. Robert A. Kazmierczak came to CRC as the Raymond W. Freese Fellow. He now serves as Senior Investigator. He received his BS in Bacteriology at the University of Wisconsin, studying regulation of Vitamin B12 production by Salmonella enterica (serovar Typhimurium) and interning at Upjohn Pharmaceuticals. He earned a MA and PhD in Microbiology from the University of Illinois, during which time he held an NIH Cell and Molecular Biology Training Grant Fellowship to research chronic viral infections. He later studied at Washington University in St. Louis. At the CRC he is conducting research to characterize and develop therapeutic Salmonella enterica as a treatment for cancer.

Dr. Bakul Dhagat Mehta joined CRC as the Raymond W. Freese Fellow in October, 2012. Bakul earned her PhD degree in Biochemistry from Michigan Technological University, Houghton, MI. She originally hails from India where she graduated with an MSc in Chemistry. Before joining CRC, her work at the University of Missouri, Columbia, MO, involved understanding mammalian compounds of anaplasmal appendages of Anaplasma marginale. Currently, here at the CRC. Bakul is studying protein interactions that occur between therapeutic Salmonella and their target proteins in human cancer cells in order to understand the underlying mechanisms responsible for Salmonella’s targeting towards cancer cells. Bakul lives in Columbia with her husband Ravish and two children, Gauri and Meera.

Alison Dino is the Senior Technician and Laboratory Manager of the CRC. A New Jersey native, she attended Stephens College in Columbia prior to joining the CRC in 2002. During her time as an undergraduate, she served as the Chemistry Laboratory Assistant for the college’s Natural Science Department and served as an officer in several honor societies. The summer of her junior year she was elected to Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, for her HIV-1 research work when she was an infectious disease intern in Galveston, TX. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Stephens in 2002, with a BS in Biology and a minor in Chemistry. She is the eldest of three; her family now resides in Lawrence, KS.

Dr. Abraham Eisenstark is the Research Director (Emeritus) of the CRC. Previously, he was a Byler Distinguished Professor and Director of the Division of Biological Sciences, University of Missouri – Columbia. He has served as Program Director of Molecular Biology Section, National Science Foundation, Washington, DC. His career includes years of collaborative research at other institutions, including universities at Copenhagen, Denmark; Leicester, England; Paris, France; Leiden, Netherlands; and Brookhaven National Laboratories. He is a native of Kansas City, MO. He received his BS, MS, and PhD. in Microbiology from the University of Illinois. He is married to the former Joan Ragsdell of Columbia and is the father of three children.