OCRF & Ovarian Cancer National Alliance are now one strong, united, inspiring voice!
Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF) and the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance (OCNA) have led the way in advocacy, research and support for patients and their families for over 22 years. As of January 2016, we are pleased to announce we are joining together to form Ovarian Cancer Research Fund Alliance (OCRFA), the largest global organization dedicated to advancing ovarian cancer research while supporting women and their families. Read the exciting news!


Sandra Orsulic, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Chair, Women’s Cancer Biology
Women’s Cancer Research Program
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

Sandra Orsulic, Ph.D., is Director of Women’s Cancer Biology at the Women’s Cancer Research Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Her primary research interests include mouse models of ovarian carcinoma, the molecular characterization of ovarian cancer, and pathway-targeted therapy.

Prior to joining Cedars-Sinai, Dr. Orsulic was Principal Investigator of a research laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital in Boston, where she also served as Assistant Professor of Pathology at Harvard Medical School.

Dr. Orsulic is a member of the National Cancer Institute’s Mouse Models of Human Cancers Consortium Steering Committee and Chair of the Gynecological Cancers Working Group. She is also a member of The Cancer Genome Atlas Project Ovarian Carcinoma Working Group, which investigates the underlying genetic changes that occur in human ovarian cancer.

Dr. Orsulic’s research on ovarian cancer has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, American Cancer Society, Ovarian Cancer Research Fund, and the Susan G. Komen Foundation. Her work has been published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, such as Nature, Cancer Cell, The Journal of Cell Biology, Cancer Research, Development, and Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, USA.

Dr. Orsulic received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Zagreb, Croatia and her doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She was a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Nobel Prize Laureate Dr. Harold Varmus at the National Institutes of Health and Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center.