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2021 Minority and Minority-Serving Institution in Cancer Research Awardees

The AACR-MICR Council is very pleased to administer this important program, which provides funds for the participation of full-time minority faculty and faculty of Minority-Serving Institutions (MSI) in the AACR Annual Meeting and special conferences. Recipients of this award are scientists who are working at the level of Assistant Professor or above who are engaged in meritorious basic, clinical, or translational cancer research.

Since its inception in 1997, this award program has been supported by a generous grant provided by 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.

The Board of Directors of the AACR and the MICR Council express their appreciation to the NCI-CRCHD for its long-term and generous support of this program and congratulates these outstanding Scholars.

The names and affiliations of the 2021 Minority and Minority-Serving Institution Faculty Scholars are listed below.

CONGRATULATIONS 2021 MINORITY AND MINORITY-SERVING INSTITUTION FACULTY SCHOLAR IN CANCER RESEARCH AWARDEES!

Prajakta Adsul, MBBS, MPH, PhD 

Prajakta Adsul, MBBS, MPH, PhD 

Assistant Professor
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico

Avonne E. Connor, MPH, PhD

Avonne E. Connor, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor of Epidemiology Oncology
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center
Baltimore, Maryland

Marie Evelisse Soto-Salgado, MS, DrPH

Marie Evelisse Soto-Salgado, MS, DrPH

Assistant Professor, Division of Cancer Control and Population Sciences
University of Puerto Rico- Medical Sciences Campus
San Juan, Puerto Rico

Cassie Kline, MS, MD

Cassie Kline, MS, MD

Assistant Professor/Director, Neuro-Oncology Clinical Research
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Yamilé Molina, PhD

Yamilé Molina, PhD

Associate Professor, Community Health Sciences
Faculty Affiliate, Center for Research on Women and Gender
Associate Director, Community Outreach and Engagement
University of Illinois Chicago
Chicago, Illinois

Samilia Obeng-Gyasi, MPH, MD

Samilia Obeng-Gyasi, MPH, MD

Assistant Professor of Surgery
The Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Coral Omene, MD, PhD

Coral Omene, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor
Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey
New Brunswick, New Jersey

Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters, BDS, MPH, PhD

Nosayaba Osazuwa-Peters, BDS, MPH, PhD

Assistant Professor
Duke University School of Medicine
Durham, North Caroline

 Renee Reams, PhD

 Renee Reams, PhD

Professor/NCI U54 Principal Investigator
Florida A&M University
Tallahassee, Florida

Charles R, Rogers, MPH, MS, PhD

Charles R, Rogers, MPH, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor of Public Health
University of Utah School of Medicine
Salt Lake City, Utah

Katherine Tossas, MS, PhD

Katherine Tossas, MS, PhD

Assistant Professor and Harrison Endowed Scholar in Cancer Research
Virginia Commonwealth University School of Medicine and Massey Cancer Center
Richmond, Virginia