Angela Rivers, PhD, MD is a Pediatric Hematologist/Oncologist. It is her career goal to work to improve the lives of both children and adults with sickle cell disease. She has been Principal Investigator for several high-profile studies and received extramural research funding from government agencies, pharmaceutical companies focused on sickle cell drug therapeutics, and the NIH/NHLBI (including K01, R03, and R01 grants). Dr. Rivers is currently the principal investigator of the Rivers Lab. Based in the Department of Pediatrics-Hematology, at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital Oakland, Rivers Lab is the first to publish the novel discovery that there is a higher presence of red blood cells (RBC) containing mitochondria in sickle cell disease (SCD) mice and human patients compared to normal controls.