July 2022
Happy 46th birthday, Sanford Burnham Prebys

Sanford Burnham Prebys hosted a celebration to honor the anniversary of the Institute’s founding. More than 200 scientists, students and staff gathered to commemorate 46 years of world-class biomedical research.

“I’ve seen the Institute grow from just five employees to the more than five hundred we have today,” said Professor José Luis Millán, Ph.D., who emceed the event. Millán joined the Institute in 1977, just one year after its founding. “What is important for [the Institute] now, as we reach middle age, is to reflect on our successes as we move forward into the next decades of our life.”

Longtime supporters of the Institute also attended to express their gratitude to the employees. They included Malin Burnham, Nina Fishman, and Debbie Turner, partner of the late Conrad Prebys.

“All of you are a part of the family, and that is what I have enjoyed as much as anything in my 40 years with this organization,” said Burnham during his comments. “I want to thank each and every one of you for being a part of this organization.”


Brooke Emerling, Ph.D., has been awarded a new grant from the NIH to continue her work on cellular signaling in cancer. The four-year, $2.3 million project aims to accelerate the development of new therapies for a range of cancers, particularly metastatic breast cancer.

“This work has great potential to help people, and we’re grateful that this new funding will help us do the research we need to do so we can make that happen,” says Emerling. 

Cynthia Lebeaupin, Ph.D., was recently awarded the 2022 Fishman Fund Fellowship, a postdoctoral award unique to Sanford Burnham Prebys.

“It’s an honor to have been selected for such a prestigious award from the Institute," says Lebeaupin. "The resources and people at Sanford Burnham Prebys are incredible, and I’m happy to be able to continue my research here.” 

Three Sanford Burnham Prebys faculty receive promotions

Assistant Professors Ani Deshpande, Ph.D., Brooke Emerling, Ph.D., and Charles Spruck, Ph.D., were recently promoted to associate professors. They are all innovative leaders in our Institute's NCI-designated Cancer Center who have made notable contributions to cancer research.

Sanford Burnham Prebys raises flag for Pride Month

Scientists and staff from across the Institute gathered to celebrate LGBTQ+ Pride at Sanford Burnham Prebys by attending a Pride flag-raising ceremony. 

“By supporting LGBTQ+ and other underrepresented groups, institutions signal that they are open to different viewpoints and people, which is crucial,” says postdoctoral fellow Luca Caputo, Ph.D. “Having a celebration such as the Pride flag ceremony here at Sanford Burnham Prebys helps us support LGBTQ+ scientists at the Institute and beyond.”  

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