Contact PD/PI: John D. Phillips, Ph.D.

Dr. Phillips is a long-standing member of the hematology research community. His research is focused on heme synthesis and diseases associated with altered heme production. He will provide scientific, operational and administrative leadership for the HCCC and is responsible for guiding the Center toward its goals. In concert with Dr. Torok-Storb, Co-Director, Dr. Phillips will ensure a process for assessing the productivity, effectiveness and appropriateness of Center activities; ensure a sound selection process for oversight committee membership; and foster collaborations and scientific opportunities among the four CCEH Center members. He will oversee all aspects of the Coordinating Center’s functioning and all elements of this grant to assure efficient use of resources. Both Drs. Phillips and Torok-Storb are the current Directors of CCEHs at their respective institutions and the experience gained from directing these successful CCEHs provides critical insight into the needs and day-to-day oversight of the HCCC.

John D. Phillips, Ph.D.
Professor of Medicine
Director HSC Cores
Associate Dean of Research and Infrastructure
University of Utah School of Medicine

Hematology Iron and Heme Core
26 North Medical Drive Rm 621
Salt Lake City, UT 84132

Pilot and Feasability Director: Beverly Torok-Storb, Ph.D.

Dr. Torok-Storb is a Member of the Clinical Research Division at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center (Fred Hutch). She has directed an NIDDK Core Center of Excellence in Hematology (CCEH) for over 20 years which includes managing the Pilot and Feasibility(P&F) Program that awarded an average of 5 pilot awards each year. For the Coordinating Center, Dr. Torok-Storb will be responsible for developing and managing the P&F Program. She will develop application guidelines, solicit and receive applications, organize scientific review and selection of projects to be funded, and issue award letters.

Beverly Torok-Storb

Professor Clinical Research Division
Co-Director HCCC

Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
1100 Fairview Ave N
Seattle, WA 98109-1024

Enrichment Director: Diane McVey Ward, Ph.D.

Dr. Ward is also a long-term investigator in the iron and hematology fields. Her research program is focused on understanding iron acquisition and mitochondrial iron metabolism. She will oversee the outreach programs, the data and resource repository, coordination of the face-to-face meeting, educational programs, and outward facing communications. Dr. Ward has extensive experience in these tasks as the current outreach and educational director for the Utah CCEH (Center for Iron and Heme Disorders).

Diane McVey Ward

Enrichment Chair, CIHD
Research Associate Professor
Division of Microbiology and Immunology
Department of Pathology
University of Utah School of Medicine

Hematology Iron and Heme Core
26 North Medical Drive Rm 621
Salt Lake City, Utah 84132

Website Project Lead: Louisa A. Stark, Ph.D.

Dr. Stark is director of the GSLC Core and a Professor of Human Genetics. She will provide overall oversight for the GSLC’s work on the project to maintain and enhance the CCEH website and carry out the surveying users on their needs and wants from the website. Dr. Stark will bill time through contractual agreements with the GSLC Core as (

Louisa A. Stark, PhD

Professor of Human Genetics
Director, Genetic Science Learning Center
Associate Director, Center for Clinical and Translational Science

Genetic Science Learning Center
515 East 100 South, Suite 100
Salt Lake City, UT 84012