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Mayo Clinic investigators receive Eagles 5th District Cancer Telethon – Cancer Research Fund Awards

Mayo Clinic Cancer Center announces that the 2021 Eagles 5th District Cancer Telethon – Cancer Research Fund funded fellowship awards and pilot program awards.

2021 fellowship awardees and projects

Benoit Jean Gab (Benoit) Bragantini, Ph.D. (BMB ’17), Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, "Cryo-Electron Microscopy Studies of Ubiquitin Signaling in Damaged Chromatin with Relevance to Cancer" (Mentor: Georges Mer, Ph.D., MBIO ’01)

Alexandra (Ally) Higgins, M.D. (I ’19), Division of Hematology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, "Variability in 21-gene Recurrence Scores During Menstrual Cycling in Premenopausal Patients with Early-stage Estrogen Receptor (ER) Positive Breast Cancer" (Mentor: Matthew Goetz, M.D., HEMO ‘03)

Emilien Loeuillard, Ph.D. (GI ’18), Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, "The TRAIL-TRAIL-R System is a Novel Immune Checkpoint Pathway in Cholangiocarcinoma" (Mentor: Sumera Ilyas, M.B.B.S.)

Ryan Watkins, M.D. (S ’23), Department of Surgery at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, "Identification and Targeting Oncogenic LCK Signaling in Cholangiocarcinoma" (Mentor: Rory Smoot, M.D., MED ’05, S ’08, CI ’10, S ’12)

Reona (Leo) Sakemura, M.D., Ph.D., Hematology Research, Mayo Clinic in Rochester, "Dynamic Imaging of Chimeric Antigen Receptor T Cells by 18F-TFB-PET Scan to Monitor Efficacy and Toxicity" (Mentor: Saad Kenderian, M.B., Ch.B., HEMO '13)

Eagles fellowship awards support outstanding junior research and clinical fellows who have not received an Eagles fellowship award in the past, and who have the potential for a career in cancer research and the ability to compete for peer review funding.

2021 pilot program awardees and projects

Fabrice Lucien-Matteoni, Ph.D. (RS ’17), Department of Urology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, "Creation of a Comprehensive Surfaceome Atlas of Renal Cell Carcinoma for Next-Generation Cancer Immunotherapies"

Matthew Schellenberg, Ph.D. (BMB ’19), Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, "Discovery of DNA 5'-aldehyde Detection Proteins"

Mithun Shah, M.D., Ph.D. (HEMO ’17), Division of Hematology at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, "Predicting and Preventing Therapy-related Myeloid Neoplasm in Multiple Myeloma Patients Undergoing Stem Cell Transplantation"

Eagles pilot awards fund novel, exploratory and developmental research projects and provide support for the generation of preliminary data leading to the submission of competitive peer review grant applications, as well as high risk proposals that, if successful, may lead to NIH or other peer review funding.

 

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