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Nov 03

The Cancer Research Foundation is pleased to announce the 2015 Young Investigator Award grantees.  The $75,000 Young Investigator Award grant is intended to fund work that will be completed over the next two years.  Each of these scientists will present an interim report on his or her progress at the end of 2016 as well as a final report in early 2018.

This year' s recipients of the Young Investigator Award show how broad and interdisciplinary the pursuit of cancer science has become.  The cohort includes scientists who  specialize in molecular engineering, genomics and informatics, DNA building and manipulation tools, and novel ways of blocking cancer function using new chemical platforms. While some clinician-researchers will focus on a question regarding a particular type of cancer such as lymphoma or neuroblastoma, other young investigator scientists will be pursuing basic traits shared by a large number of cancer cells.  Some of these new projects propose to build new ways to model cancer, to test drug efficacy and patient response  and to better understand how multiple genes work together to establish cancer. Others focus on immunology and immune-engineering, one of the most promising fields in cancer work today.

The Cancer Research Foundation Young Investigator Awards were established to support promising young researchers in their pursuit of independent hypotheses and their own preliminary data sets.  Our hope is that the work supported by a Young Investigator Award will lead to larger projects and will allow supported researchers to compete successfully for much larger grants supplied by the federal government and other mainstream sources. We want to wish our newest grants the best of luck in pursuing these projects.

 The 2015 Cancer Research Foundation Young Investigator Award Grantees:

Mark Applebaum, MD

Department of Pediatrics, University of Chicago

"Utilizing Hypoxia Response Models to Identify Novel Neuroblastoma Therapy"

Obi Griffith, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University in St Louis

"Genomic Fidelity of Conditionally Reprogrammed Cells Compared to Primary Cancers and Xenografts"

Jun Huang, PhD

Institute for Molecular Engineering, University of Chicago

"Single cell sequencing to define the sequences, phenotypes and functionalities of tumor anitigen specific CD8+ T cells from lymphoma patients"

Jason Luke, MD, FACP

Department of Medicine, University of Chicago

"Determination of Tumor-intrinsic Somatic Alterations Associated with the T-cell Inflamed Tumor Microenvironment in Human Cancer"

Blair Madison, PhD

Department of Internal Medicine, Washington University in St Louis

"Targeting MicroRNA Pathways in the Intestinal Stem Cell by Multiplex Somatic Mutagenesis"

Raymond Moellering, PhD

Department of Chemistry, University of Chicago

"Targeting Oncogenic Transcription with Synthetic Biologics"