Undergraduate – James Madison University

Graduate – St. George’s University School of Medicine

Pediatric Residency and Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellowship – Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital at Westchester Medical Center affiliated with New York Medical College


Board Certification:


Pediatric Hematology/Oncology – Eligible


Research Focus:

Adoptive cell therapy for the treatment of Acute Myeloid Leukemia


Areas of Interest:

Hematologic Malignancy

Bone Marrow Transplantation



Genetically Re-engineered K562 Cells Significantly Expand and Functionally Activate Cord Blood Natural Killer Cells: Potential for Adoptive Cellular Immunotherapy.

Ayello J, Hochberg J, Flower A , Chu Y, Baxi L, Quish, W, van de Ven C, Cairo MS

Manuscript submitted to Blood, 2016

Ex-Vivo Expansion of Previously Cryopreserved, Thawed and Re-cryopreserved Cord Blood Mononuclear Cells utilizing K562-mbIL21-41BBL; Potential for Adoptive Cellular Immunotherapy Post Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation

Flower A, Chu Y, Ayello J, Kurtzberg J, Lee D, Cairo MS

Poster Presentation ASBMT/CIBMTR BMT Tandem Meetings, 2016 and PAS, 2016

Targeting AML with Anti-CD123 Chimeric Antigen Receptor Modified NK cells

Flower A, Chu Y, Ayello J, Forman S, Lee D, Cairo MS

Poster Presentation – 6th Annual Paul K. Woolf, M. D. Pediatric Trainee Research Day at New York Medical College, 2016

Modification of Expanded NK Cells with Chimeric Antigen Receptor mRNA for Adoptive Cellular Therapy

Chu Y, Flower A, Cairo MS

Springer Publication, Methods in Molecular Biology series titled “Natural Killer Cells: Methods and Protocols”, 2015

(1-3)-beta-D-Glucan Assay as a Screening Method for Invasive Fungal Disease in the Pediatric Allogeneic Transplant Setting

Flower A, Militano O, Michalowska M, Cairo MS

Poster Presentation – 5thAnnual Paul K. Woolf, M.D. Pediatric Trainee Research Day at New York Medical College, 2015