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American Association for Cancer Research Recognizes 2015 Research Grantees at Annual Meeting

4/22/2015

​PHILADELPHIA — The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) honored its new grantee recipients at the AACR Annual Meeting 2015, which was held in here, April 18-22. The AACR is proud to welcome this newest class of 2015 grantees to a long and distinguished list of dedicated scientists who have been selected as AACR grant recipients. 

Fellowships:
2015 AACR-John and Elizabeth Leonard Family Foundation Basic Cancer Research Fellowship

  • Xiaoyang Zhang, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
    “To study the role of MGA loss-of-function mutations in lung adenocarcinoma”

 

2015 AACR Anna D. Barker Basic Cancer Research Fellowship

  • Aaron J. Huebner, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, Boston
    “Determining the role of Sox2 in synovial sarcoma”

 

2015 AACR Basic Cancer Research Fellowships

  • Ling Cai, PhD, The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
    “Systematic interrogation of metabolism in non-small cell lung cancer”
  • Chao Dai, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
    “Targeting the SMAD4 tumor suppressor in pancreatic cancer”
  • Benjamin Delatte, PhD, La Jolla Institute for Allergy & Immunology, San Diego
    “Deciphering the roles of TET2 and TET3 in leukemogenesis”
  • Laurent Fattet, PhD, University of California, San Diego
    “Regulation of EMT and tumor invasion: Twist1 mediates mechanosensing of ECM”
  • Jennifer B. Goldstein, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
    “Clonal evolution of glioblastoma”
  • James P. Mahaffey, PhD, New York University School of Medicine
    “Characterizing post-translational modifications of N-Ras”
  • Jason J. Northey, PhD, University of California, San Francisco
    “Tissue tension promotes stemness and breast cancer aggression”

 

2014 AACR-Amgen Inc. Fellowships in Clinical/Translational Cancer Research

  • Daria V. Babushok, MD, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
    “Clonal hematopoiesis and malignant transformation in aplastic anemia”
  • Gangadhara Reddy Sareddy, PhD, The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
    “KDM1 inhibition as a novel epigenetic therapy to target glioma stem cells”

 

2014 AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology Fellowship in Clinical Cancer Research

  • Frederick H. Wilson, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
    “A genomic approach to identify drivers of resistance to ALK inhibition”

 

2014 AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Oncology Fellowship in Clinical/Translational Cancer Research

  • Maria Gkotzamanidou, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
    “Modifying H3K27 methylome via UTX and JMJD3: Implications in myelomagenesis”

 

2015 Colon Cancer Alliance-AACR Fellowship in Young-Onset Colorectal Cancer Research

  • Kent W. Mouw, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
    “Identifying genetic vulnerabilities of hypermutated colorectal tumors”

 

2015 Colorectal Cancer-Michael’s Mission-AACR Fellowship in Young Onset, Late-Stage Colorectal Cancer Research

  • Noel F.C.C. de Miranda, PhD, Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, Netherlands
    “Neo-antigen-based therapies for young-onset, late-stage colorectal cancer”

 

2015 Conquer Cancer Foundation of ASCO/AACR Young Investigator Translational Cancer Research Award

  • Bob Li, MBBS, MPH, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York
    “Ado-trastuzumab emtansine for HER2 amplified or HER2 overexpressed cancers: A phase 2 ‘basket’ trial”

 

2015 AACR Millennium Fellowships in Lymphoma Research

  • Maite Alvarez, PhD, Stanford University, Stanford, California
    “Improving cancer therapy for lymphoma by preventing NK cell exhaustion”
  • Katerina Hatzi, PhD, Weill Cornell Medical College, New York
    “Therapeutic targeting of lymphoma self-renewal using LSD1 inhibitors”
  • Yuh-Ying Yeh, PhD, The Ohio State University, Columbus
    “Investigation of the role of exosomes in chronic lymphocytic leukemia”

 

2015 AACR-Millennium Fellowships in Multiple Myeloma Research

  • Hans C. Lee, MD, The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston
    “Validating novel targets against deletion 17p myeloma”
  • Cindy Lin, PhD, Wistar Institute, Philadelphia
    “Regulation of multiple myeloma by S100A9 protein”
  • Bruno Paiva, PhD, Universidad de Navarra, Pamplona, Spain
    “Defining MRD and stem myeloma clones of to understand ultra-chemoresistance”

 

2015 AACR-Ocular Melanoma Foundation Fellowship, in honor of Robert C. Allen, MD

  • Stefan Kurtenbach, PhD, Miller School of Medicine of the University of Miami
    “BAP1 loss deregulates neural crest guidance cue signaling in uveal melanoma”

 

2015 Debbie’s Dream Foundation-AACR Gastric Cancer Research Fellowships

  • Eirini Pectasides, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
    “Enhancing the efficacy of ERBB2 inhibition in gastric cancer”
  • Andrea Zamperone, PhD, Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University, Bronx, New York
    “Mechanisms of DNA damage signaling by Helicobacter pylori”

 

2015 QuadW Foundation-AACR Fellowship for Clinical/Translational Sarcoma Research

  • Genevieve C. Kendall, PhD, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas
    “Zebrafish modeling of PAX3-FOXO1 driven rhabdomyosarcoma”


Career Development Awards:
2015 AACR-Aflac Inc. Career Development Award for Pediatric Cancer Research

  • Branden S. Moriarity, PhD, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities, Minneapolis
    “Validation and testing of novel therapeutic targets to treat osteosarcoma”

 

2015 Breast Cancer Research Foundation-AACR Career Development Awards for Translational Breast Cancer Research

  • Sasha Elizabeth Stanton, MD, PhD, University of Washington, Seattle
    “Development of a multi-antigen vaccine for breast cancer prevention”
  • Fengtian Xue, PhD, University of Maryland, Baltimore
    “BCL6-BTB domain inhibitors for triple-negative breast cancer”

 

2015 AACR-Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation Career Development Award for Clinical/Translational Research

  • Eddy S. Yang, MD, PhD, University of Alabama at Birmingham
    “Exploiting TNBC vulnerabilities via rationally combined therapies”


Independent Investigator Awards:
2014 Breast Cancer Research Foundation-AACR Grant for Translational Breast Cancer Research

  • Fariba Behbod, PharmD, PhD, University of Kansas Medical Center, Kansas City
    “Essential role of BCL9 in DCIS progression to invasive breast cancer”


 

2015 Caring for Carcinoid Foundation-AACR Grant for Carcinoid Tumor and Pancreatic Neuroendocrine Tumor Research

  • Scott André Oakes, MD, University of California, San Francisco
    “Unfolded protein response in neuroendocrine tumors”

 

2015 Kure It-AACR Research Grant for Immunotherapy in Kidney Cancer

  • Eliezer Van Allen, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston
    “Response predictors to PD-1/PD-L1 inhibitors in renal cell carcinoma”

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