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2022 Minority Scholar in Cancer Research Awardees

The AACR is very pleased to administer this important program, which provides funds for the participation of early-career, meritorious minority scientists at the AACR Annual Meeting 2022. Scholars are chosen from both minority institutions and the larger bodies of universities, colleges, and research institutes. They are selected on the basis of their qualifications, references from mentors, and an estimation of the potential professional benefit to the awardees.  

Since its founding in 1985, the Minority Scholar Awards in Cancer Research program has been supported by a generous grant of the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. The Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities (CRCHD) works to increase the number of underrepresented minorities participating as competitive NCI/NIH-funded cancer researchers.  

For 37 years, the AACR has endeavored through this program to reach out to minority predoctoral and postdoctoral students, trainees, and junior investigators as future cancer researchers. The program was created in an attempt to address the serious problem of lack of minority participation in cancer research by offering young minority students and trainees the opportunity to attend and participate in the Annual Meetings and Special Conferences of the AACR.  

The AACR would also like to thank Merck for providing additional funding to support young minority investigators. 

Aalaa S. Abdallah, MS, BS

Aalaa S. Abdallah, MS, BS

PhD Candidate
Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine
Chicago, Illinois 

Santiago Acero-Bedoya, MS, BS

Santiago Acero-Bedoya, MS, BS

PhD Candidate
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Christopher Andrews, MS, BS

Christopher Andrews, MS, BS

Graduate Student
Tuskegee University
Montgomery, Alabama 

Sarah Asemota, BS

Sarah Asemota, BS

Graduate Student
University of Tennessee Health Science Center
Memphis, Tennessee

Alexandra N. Aquino-Acevedo, BS

Alexandra N. Aquino-Acevedo, BS

Graduate Student
Ponce Health Sciences University
Ponce, Puerto Rico

M. Angela Aznar, PhD

M. Angela Aznar, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Perelman School of Medicine
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Nadine L. Belony, BS

Nadine L. Belony, BS

Graduate Student
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Heather K. Beasley, MS

Heather K. Beasley, MS

Postdoctoral Scholar
Vanderbilt University
Nashville, Tennessee

LaKendria K. Brown, MS

LaKendria K. Brown, MS

PhD Candidate
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, Tennessee

Sediqua Sherese Bufford, MS

Sediqua Sherese Bufford, MS

PhD Student
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Taaliah Campbell, BS

Taaliah Campbell, BS

Graduate Student
Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, Georgia

Alexis E. Carey, BS

Alexis E. Carey, BS

Graduate Student
Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
Baltimore, Maryland

Mayra Carneiro, MS, BS

Mayra Carneiro, MS, BS

PhD Candidate
University of Montreal
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Alexander C. Chacon, MD

Alexander C. Chacon, MD

Clinical Research Fellow and Resident Physician
University of Rochester Medical Center
Rochester, New York

Onyema G. Chido-Amjuoyi, MD, MPH

Onyema G. Chido-Amjuoyi, MD, MPH

Resident Physician
Texas A&M College of Medicine/Christus Good Shepherd Hospital
Longview, Texas

Luisjesus S. Cruz, MS, BS

Luisjesus S. Cruz, MS, BS

Graduate Student
San Diego State University
San Diego, California

Ricardo Cordova, MS, BS

Ricardo Cordova, MS, BS

Graduate Student
Indiana University of School of Medicine
Indianapolis, Indiana

Leslie. Cuellar-Vite, BS

Leslie. Cuellar-Vite, BS

Graduate Student
Case Western Reserve University
Cleveland, Ohio

Catherine C. Elix, PhD

Catherine C. Elix, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California

Mildred Galvez, BA

Mildred Galvez, BA

Medical Student
UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California

Dana M. Gant, MS, BS

Dana M. Gant, MS, BS

Graduate Student
North Carolina Central University
Kannapolis, North Carolina

Teklab Gebregiworgis, PhD

Teklab Gebregiworgis, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
University Health Network
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Jovanka Gencel-Augusto, MS, BS

Jovanka Gencel-Augusto, MS, BS

Graduate Student
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Nicole B. Halmai, PhD

Nicole B. Halmai, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
University of California, Davis
Davis, California

Andriana Inkoom, BS

Andriana Inkoom, BS

PhD Candidate and Graduate Research Assistant
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, Florida

Kofi K. Khamit-Kush, MS, BA

Kofi K. Khamit-Kush, MS, BA

Graduate Student
Clark Atlanta University
Atlanta, Georgia

Emilee N. Kotnik, BS

Emilee N. Kotnik, BS

Graduate Student
Washington University in St. Louis
St. Louis, Missouri

Jonelle K. Lee, MS, BS

Jonelle K. Lee, MS, BS

PhD Candidate
University of Maryland, Baltimore
Baltimore, Maryland

Melayshia McFadden, BS

Melayshia McFadden, BS

PhD Candidate
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Shannalee R. Martinez, PhD

Shannalee R. Martinez, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Ponce Health Sciences University
Ponce, Puerto Rico

Lawrence P. McKinney, MPH, BS

Lawrence P. McKinney, MPH, BS

PhD Candidate
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Matthew A. Murray, BS

Matthew A. Murray, BS

Graduate Student
Yale University
New Haven, Connecticut

Sha’Kayla K. Nunez, MS, BS

Sha’Kayla K. Nunez, MS, BS

PhD Candidate
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia

Theron Palmer, BS

Theron Palmer, BS

Graduate Student
John Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Cristina Paz, MS

Cristina Paz, MS

Graduate Student
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Madison, Wisconsin

Jaileene Perez-Morales, PhD

Jaileene Perez-Morales, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center
Temple Terrace, Florida

Mabel G. Perez-Oquendo, BS

Mabel G. Perez-Oquendo, BS

Graduate Student
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas 

Gonzalo M. Pinero, PhD

Gonzalo M. Pinero, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai
New York, New York

Catherine M. Pichardo, MA, BA

Catherine M. Pichardo, MA, BA

Graduate Student
University of Illinois at Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Stephanie Pitts, BA

Stephanie Pitts, BA

Graduate Student
John Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Gabriel Prado, BS

Gabriel Prado, BS

Graduate Student
University of Florida
Gainesville, Florida

Alvaro Quintanal-Villalonga, PhD

Alvaro Quintanal-Villalonga, PhD

Research Associate
Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
New York, New York

Enrique I. Ramos, PhD

Enrique I. Ramos, PhD

Postdoctoral Research Associate
Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center El Paso
El Paso, Texas

Angelina Requa, PhD

Angelina Requa, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Wake Forest University School of Medicine
Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Leslimar Rios Colon, PhD

Leslimar Rios Colon, PhD

Postdoctoral Researcher
North Carolina Central University
Durham, North Carolina

Laura Reyes Uribe, MD

Laura Reyes Uribe, MD

Postdoctoral Fellow
UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
Houston, Texas

Evelyn S. Sanchez Hernandez, BS

Evelyn S. Sanchez Hernandez, BS

Graduate Student
Loma Linda University
Loma Linda, California

Raquel Santana da Cruz, PhD

Raquel Santana da Cruz, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
Georgetown University
WashingtonD.C. 

Mitzy J. Santiago Rosario, MS, BS

Mitzy J. Santiago Rosario, MS, BS

Graduate Student
University of Puerto Rio
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Robert Schauner, BA

Robert Schauner, BA

Graduate Student
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine
Cleveland, Ohio

Tunde Marcus Smith, BS

Tunde Marcus Smith, BS

Graduate Student
Meharry Medical College
Nashville, Tennessee

Zulaida M. Soto Vargas, BS

Zulaida M. Soto Vargas, BS

Graduate Student
Purdue University
West Lafayette, Indiana

Lizeth I. Tamayo, MPH, BA

Lizeth I. Tamayo, MPH, BA

PhD Candidate
University of Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Kristi Tredway, PhD

Kristi Tredway, PhD

Postdoctoral Fellow
John Hopkins University
Baltimore, Maryland

Grace E. Velez, BS

Grace E. Velez, BS

Graduate Student
Universidad Central del Caribe
Bayamón, Puerto Rico

Jason A. White, MS

Jason A. White, MS

Graduate Student
Tuskegee University
Montgomery, Alabama

Tyler J. Woodard, MD, MEd

Tyler J. Woodard, MD, MEd

Postdoctoral Fellow
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, Missouri

Maryl J. Wright, MS, BS

Maryl J. Wright, MS, BS

Graudate Student
Tulane University School of Medicine
New Orleans, Lousiana

Corey D. Young, MS

Corey D. Young, MS

Graduate Student
Morehouse School of Medicine
Atlanta, Georgia