OCTOBER 22, 2021
Grants Awarded

Extramurally funded research grants awarded to Rogel Cancer Center members

Program Key:
CB - Cancer Biology; CG - Cancer Genetics; CHI - Cancer Hematopoiesis and Immunology; DT - Developmental Therapeutics; CCPS - Cancer Control and Population Sciences ; TACR - Translational and Clinical Research
In the Spotlight
New funding relevant to Rogel Catchment Area Priority Cancers and Disparities
Bradley Zebrack, Ph.D.: R01 ($3.83M) for “Social genomic mechanisms of health disparities among Adolescent and Young Adult (AYA) cancer survivors.” (CCPS)

The project's results may inform the conceptualization and development of new biological / molecular targets for future interventions to reduce risks for long-term and late effects of treatment and maximize likelihood of long-term health and QOL for AYA cancer survivors.
New grants supporting Breast Cancer Research
Daniel Hayes, M.D.: $421K from Cepheid for “Proposal for Translational Medicine Study Using University of Michigan Banked Specimens.” (TACR)
Breast Cancer Research Foundation Funds Six Rogel Cancer Center Members:

  • Max Wicha, M.D., was awarded ($158K) for “Molecular Analysis of Breast Cancer Stem Cells at Single Cell Resolution.” (CB)
  • Sofia Merajver, M.D., Ph.D., was awarded ($158K) for “Targeting RhoC in Breast Cancer: Novel Drugs, Mathematical Models and Epidemiological Studies in North Africa.” (TACR)
  • James Rae, Ph.D., was awarded ($158K) for “Pharmacogenomic Predictors of Breast Cancer Endocrine Response.” (TACR)
  • Lori Pierce, M.D., was awarded ($158K) for “Breast Cancer Cell Sensitivity To Radiotherapy In The Presence Of Targeted Therapies.” (TACR)
  • Debra Barton, R.N., M.S., Ph.D., was awarded ($155K) for “Enhancing sexual health in female cancer survivors: Building a personalized biobehavioral intervention.” (CCPS)
  • Shaomeng Wang, Ph.D., was awarded ($158K) for “Design & development of new therapy for the treatment of human breast cancer by overcoming apoptosis resistance.” (DT)    
$100K+ Extramural Grants Awarded in August and September

Michael Rankin, Ph.D. candidate (mentor: Janet Smith, Ph.D.): F31 (112K) for “Expanding the Library of (Un)Natural Products through Megasynthase Docking Domain Engineering.” (DT)

Ryan Wilcox, M.D., Ph.D.: R01 ($2.08M) for “Pacritinib in relapsed/refractory T-cell lymphomas.” (CHI)
Jun Hee Lee, Ph.D.: UG3 ($718K) for “Seq-Scope: Microscopic Examination of Spatial Single Cell Transcriptome in Cell and Tissue Senescence.” (CB)

Other External Awards

Donnele Daley, M.D.: $100K from the American College of Surgeons for “Determining the Role of the Gut Microbiome in Pancreatic Cancer Initiation and Progression.” (CB) 

Internal Awards

Pierre Coulombe, Ph.D.: $75K Discovery Grant for “Exploring a role of keratin 17 in the keratinocyte response to UV-induced DNA damage.” (CB)

Grace Chen, M.D., Ph.D., Justin Colacino, Ph.D.: $75K Discovery Grant for “Targeting cancer stem-like cells and inflammation for colon cancer chemoprevention.” (CHI), CCPS
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