2021 Research Grant Recipients

Wings
Dr. Liron Bar-Peled
2021
Assistant Professor
The General Hospital Corporation d/b/a Massachusetts General Hospital

Chemical Proteomic Identification of Druggable Vulnerabilities in Ovarian Cancer

University of Indiana Elliot Androphy
Dr. Elliot Androphy
2021
KAMPEN-NORINS PROFESSOR CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF DERMATOLOGY
INDIANA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Pharmacology of human papillomavirus inhibitory compounds in mice

NYU Itai Yanai
Dr. Itai Yanai
2021
Professor
NEW YORK UNIVERSITY GROSSMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Targeting treatment-resistant ovarian cancer cell states

Dr. Sandra Orsulic
Dr. Sandra Orsulic
2021
Professor in Residence
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine

Implantable “Tumor Trap” for Metastatic Cancer Cells

Stanford Gerald Crabtree
Dr. Gerald Crabtree
2021
Professor
The Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University

Hijacking the Estrogen Receptor to Activate Apoptotic Pathways in ER-Positive Breast Cancer

Tufts University_Karl Munger
Dr. Karl Munger
2021
PROFESSOR AND CHAIR, DEPARTMENT OF DEVELOPMENTAL, MOLECULAR AND CHEMICAL BIOLOGY
Tufts University School of Medicine

Towards Predictive Biomarkers in Cervical Cancer: Determining Carcinogenic Activities of E6 Oncogene Variants Detected in HPV16 Infected Women

University of South Carolina Ozgar Sahin
Dr. Ozgur Sahin
2021
Associate Professor
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTH CAROLINA College of Pharmacy

Enhancing the efficacy of antibody-drug conjugate (ADC) therapy in aggressive breast cancers

University of Wisconsin Beth Weaver
Dr. Beth Weaver
2021
Associate Professor
University of Wisconsin – Madison School of Medicine & Public Health

Chromosomal instability as a marker of paclitaxel response in breast cancer

UT Southwestern Esra Akbay
Dr. Esra Akbay
2021
Assistant Professor
UT SOUTHWESTERN Medical Center

Targeting telomerase to modulate tumor immune microenvironment in endometrial cancer

Wistar Institute Altieri
Dr. Dario Altieri
2021
DIRECTOR, THE WISTAR INSTITUTE CANCER CENTER
THE WISTAR INSTITUTE

Therapeutic Targeting of ILK in Breast Cancer

2020 Research Grant Recipients

Dr. Hua Yu
2020
ASSOCIATE CHAIR AND PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF IMMUNO-ONCOLOGY
BECKMAN RESEARCH INSTITUTE CITY OF HOPE

The opposing roles of PARP and PARG inhibitors in regulating ovarian cancer immune responses.

Dr. Benjamin Neel
2020
PROFESSOR, NYU GROSSMAN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE/DIRECTOR, PERLMUTTER CANCER CENTER
COLUMBIA UNIVERSITY IRVING MEDICAL CENTER

Large-scale functional analysis of BRCA1/2 single nucleotide variants

Dr. Mark Pegram
2020
SUSY YUAN-HUEY HUNG PROFESSOR OF MEDICAL ONCOLOGY
STANFORD UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Mechanisms of antibody-dependent cell-mediated cytotoxicity (ADCC) tolerance in HER2+ breast cancer

Dr. Liza Makowski
2020
PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF MEDICINE
THE UNIVERSITY OF TENNESSEE HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER

PKC agonism reprograms innate immune suppression in Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Dr. Karl Willert
2020
PROFESSOR, CELLULAR & MOLECULAR MEDICINE
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA SAN DIEGO

Targeted Killing of FZD7-Positive Ovarian Tumors

Dr. Zhijie (Jason) Liu
2020
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, MOLECULAR MEDICINE
THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS HEALTH SCIENCE CENTER AT SAN ANTONIO

Targeting a non-canonical role of YAP/TEAD for breast cancer therapy

Dr. Hui Zong
2020
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, MICROBIOLOGY, IMMUNOLOGY, & CANCER BIOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA

Optimization of dosing regimen of PARP inhibitor for BRCA1-related breast cancer prevention.

Dr. Paul Lambert
2020
HOWARD M. TEMIN PROFESSOR AND CHAIR OF ONCOLOGY
UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN SCHOOL OF MEDICINE AND PUBLIC HEALTH

Role of the Microbiome in Cervical Cancer

Dr. Richard Wang
2020
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DERMATOLOGY
UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER

Development of a novel marker for cervical and vulvar cancers using HPV circular RNA

2019 Research Grant Recipients

Vanderbilt Justin Balko
Dr. Justin Balko
2019
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR
VANDERBILT UNIVERSITY MEDICAL CENTER

Cooperative role of JAK2 and PD-L1 in driving 9p24 amplified breast cancer aggressiveness and response

UCSF Hani Goodarzi
Dr. Hani Goodarzi
2019
UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF BIOCHEMISTRY & BIOPHYSICS AND DEPARTMENT OF UROLOGY

Leveraging circulating cancer-specific orphan RNAs to detect and monitor cancer

Albert Einstein Wenjun Guo
Dr. Wenjun Guo
2019
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF CELL BIOLOGY
ALBERT EINSTEIN COLLEGE OF MEDICINE

Role of the epigenetic regulator MLL3 mutation in breast cancer endocrine resistance

Georgetown Cecil Han
Dr. Cecil Han
2019
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF MEDICINE – ONCOLOGY ACADEMIC DEPARTMENT
GEORGETOWN UNIVERSITY

Impact of metabolic reprogramming on ovarian cancer initiation

Michigan State Jae Wook Jeong
Dr. Jae-Wook Jeong
2019
PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF OBSTETRICS, GYNECOLOGY, AND REPRODUCTIVE BIOLOGY
MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY

The role of cholesterol metabolism in recurrent endometrial cancer.

Notre Dame_Xin Lu
Dr. Xin Lu
2019
JOHN M. AND MARY JO BOLER ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENT OF BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF NOTRE DAME

Novel antibody-drug conjugate as personalized therapy for metastatic breast, ovarian and endometrial Cancers

UT Southwestern Weibo Luo
Dr. Weibo Luo
2019
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, DEPARTMENTS OF PATHOLOGY AND PHARMACOLOGY
UT SOUTHWESTERN MEDICAL CENTER

Targeting ZMYND8A5:AA9 to improve immunotherapy in breast cancer

Cornell Irina Matei
Dr. Irina Matei
2019
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF IMMUNOLOGY RESEARCH IN PEDIATRICS
WEILL CORNELL MEDICINE

Dissecting the tumor immune microenvironment in immunocompetent models of breast cancer brain metastasis

University of Utah Minna Roh-Johnson
Dr. Minna Roh-Johnson
2019
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR
UNIVERSITY OF UTAH

Immune cell contributions to breast cancer cell metabolism during metastasis

University of Kansas Priyanka Sharma
Dr. Priyanka Sharma
2019
PROFESSOR OF MEDICINE, ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF CLINICAL RESEARCH
UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS MEDICAL CENTER

Evaluation of longitudinal ctDNA to elucidate markers of response and acquired drug resistance to PI3K inhibitor therapy

Case Western Stefanie Avril
Dr. Stefanie Avril
2019
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF PATHOLOGY
CASE WESTERN RESERVE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF MEDICINE

Targeting CDK5 as a novel immunotherapeutic approach in triple-negative breast cancer

International Postdoctoral Scholars in Cancer Research Fellowship

Spain Ana Martin Vega
Dr. Ana Martin Vega
Spain

Focusing on cutting-edge research for lung cancer

Portugal Liliana Teixeira
Dr. Liliana Teixeira
Portugal

Focusing on biophysical techniques

Brazil Natalia Bernardes
Dr. Natalia Bernardes
Brazil

Focusing on molecules involved in DNA packaging

Germany Sebastian Diegeler
Dr. Sebastian Diegeler
Germany

Focusing on radiation, immunity cancer biology

China Shengyan Gao
Dr. Shengyan Gao
China

Focusing on colon cancer cell proliferation and metastasis

China Dr. Liu
Dr. Hong-Yi Liu
China

Research focus coming soon

Spain Dr. del Rosario Chica Parrado
Dr. Maria Del Rosario Chica Parrado
Spain

Research focus coming soon

Singapore Ms. Malini Rethnam
Ms. Malini Rethnam
COMING JANUARY 2022
Singapore

Research focus coming soon