Cutting-edge Research by the Best and Brightest

Damon Runyon cancer researchers work in technologically advanced labs and leading hospitals across the country.

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and projects that Damon Runyon is currently funding.

Scientists by State

California Institute of Technology

Zibo Chen, PhD
"Combinatorial signal classification with a protein-based synthetic neural network" with Michael B. Elowitz, PhD
Bo Gu, PhD
"Understanding and engineering combinatorial gene regulation in mammalian cells" with Michael B. Elowitz, PhD
Georgia R. Squyres, PhD
"Spatiotemporal regulation of eDNA release in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilms" with Dianne K. Newman, PhD

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research

Julia Su Zhou Li, PhD
"Spatial regulation of the inheritance of genomic abnormalities in cancer cells" with Don W. Cleveland, PhD

Stanford University

Debadrita Bhattacharya, PhD
"Investigating molecular and cellular mechanisms of intra-tumoral heterogeneity in small-cell lung cancer" with Julien Sage, PhD
Felix C. Boos, PhD
"Inter-organ communication of protein homeostasis stress responses in vertebrate aging" with Anne Brunet, PhD
Lauren E. Cote, PhD
"Constructing one continuous digestive tract, cell by cell" with Jessica L. Feldman, PhD
Christina L. Hueschen, PhD
"Molecular basis and regulation of apicomplexan parasite motility" with Alex Dunn, PhD
John C. Janetzko, PhD
"A biophysical approach to studying GRK-GPCR complexes" with Brian K. Kobilka, MD
Seungsoo Kim, PhD
"Transcription factor cooperation shaping TWIST1 multifunctionality across craniofacial development and cancer metastasis" with Joanna K. Wysocka, PhD
Conor J. McClune, PhD
"Resolving plant biosynthesis of therapeutic compounds by systematic perturbation, measurement, and metabolic phenotyping at single-cell scale" with Elizabeth S. Sattely, PhD, and Polly M. Fordyce, PhD
Colleen N. McLaughlin, PhD
"Cell surface mechanisms of neural circuit assembly" with Liqun Luo, PhD
Fangfei Qu, PhD
"Decoding the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the growth of brain metastases" with Julien Sage, PhD
Kavita Y. Sarin, MD, PhD
"Genetic contributions and novel therapies for individuals with frequent basal cell cancer" with Jean Y. Tang, MD, PhD, and Anthony E. Oro, MD, PhD
Peng Wu, MD, PhD
"Understanding and modulating aberrant differentiation in hepatoblastoma"  with Roeland Nusse, PhD
Jing Lin Xie, PhD
"Remembering the past: epigenetic mechanisms of cancer drug resistance" with Daniel F. Jarosz, PhD

Stanford University School of Medicine

Caitlin F. Bell, MD
"Smooth muscle cell plasticity in the tumor microenvironment: another parallel between atherosclerosis and cancer" with Nicholas J. Leeper, MD, and Irving L. Weissman, MD
Yiming Chen, PhD
"Optical interrogation of neuropeptide and peptide hormones" with Karl Deisseroth, MD, PhD
Shuo Han, PhD
"Spatiotemporally precise manipulation of Hedgehog signaling for tissue regeneration and repair" with Philip A. Beachy, PhD
Christopher P. Lapointe, PhD
“Fundamental mechanisms that underlie human translation initiation and its dysregulation in cancer”
Hang Xu, PhD
"Investigating the dynamics of chromosomal instability in cancer" with Christina N. Curtis, PhD, and Calvin Kuo, PhD

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies

Hokyung K. Chung, PhD
"Next generation adoptive cell therapy: SMARTER T cells for enhanced and durable anti-tumor immunity" with Susan M. Kaech, PhD
Thomas H. Mann, PhD
"Calcium signaling and the molecular clock of T cell exhaustion" with Susan M. Kaech, PhD

The Scripps Research Institute

Danielle Grotjahn, PhD
"Uncovering structural mechanisms of mitochondrial fragmentation in cancer by cellular cryo-electron tomography"
Haoxin Li, PhD
"Cysteine-modification screening to identify functional and druggable sites in cancer dependencies" with Benjamin F. Cravatt, PhD
Yunxiao Zhang, PhD
"Sensory innervation of the pancreas" with Ardem Patapoutian, PhD

University of California, Berkeley

Steven W.M. Crossley, PhD
"Mapping targets for cancer therapeutics via methionine-selective warheads" with Christopher J. Chang, PhD, and Daniel K. Nomura, PhD
Allison L. Didychuk, PhD
“Viral mimics of host transcription factors in oncogenic herpesviruses”
Allison L. Didychuk, PhD
"Viral mimics of host transcription factors in oncogenic herpesviruses" with Britt A. Glaunsinger, PhD
Timothy J. Eisen, PhD
"Mechanistic dissection of Tec kinases in immune-cell signaling" with John Kuriyan, PhD
Stephanie Gates, PhD
"Decoding the ubiquitin receptor recognition mechanism of the 26S proteasome" with Andreas Martin, PhD
Katy Ong, PhD
"Long-range tumor-host signaling mechanisms driving paraneoplastic syndromes" with David Bilder, PhD
Jiao Sima, PhD
"Cellular mechanisms linking sleep disturbance and cancer development" with Yang Dan, PhD
Akanksha Thawani, PhD
"Targeted genetic supplementation by harnessing transposable elements" with Eva Nogales, PhD, and Kathleen Collins, PhD

University of California, Los Angeles

Yajing Gao, PhD
"Characterize the role of non-vesicular cholesterol transport in CD8+ T cell function" with Peter Tontonoz, MD, PhD
Anusha Kalbasi, MD
"IL13Ra2 Chimeric Antigen Receptor (CAR) T cells for metastatic melanoma" with Antoni Ribas, MD, PhD, and Christine Brown, PhD
Haripriya Vaidehi Narayanan, PhD
"Developing a mechanistic multi-scale framework relating signaling and spatiotemporal dynamics in B-cell affinity maturation and lymphomagenesis" with Alexander Hoffmann, PhD, and Roy Wollman, PhD

University of California, San Diego

Digvijay Singh, PhD
“Cryo-electron tomography of phase-separated compartments and nuclear pore complexes involved in gene regulation” with Elizabeth Villa, PhD

University of California, San Francisco

Collin M. Blakely, MD, PhD
"Mechanisms of incomplete response and primary resistance to the 3rd generation EGFR inhibitor osimertinib in lung cancer" with Trever G. Bivona, MD, PhD
Keelan Z. Guiley, PhD
"Chemical probing of mutant p53" with Kevan M. Shokat, PhD
Benjamin G. H. Guthrie, PhD
"Fluoropyrimidine bioactivation and metabolism by the gut microbiome" with Peter J. Turnbaugh, PhD
Fangyu Liu, PhD
"Discovery of novel ligands that treat metabolic disorders" with Brian K. Shoichet, PhD
Trang Nguyen, PhD
"Bypassing the unresponsiveness of T cell anergy and exhaustion" with Arthur Weiss, MD, PhD
David Y. Oh, MD, PhD
"Co-receptors modulating anti-tumor activity of human cytotoxic CD4+ effector cells" with Lawrence Fong, MD
Tristan Wold Owens, PhD
"Molecular mechanisms of heat shock transcription factor 1 in cancer" with David A. Agard, PhD
Cristina Puchades, PhD
"Deciphering the molecular basis for modulation of TMEM16A activity" with Yifan Cheng, PhD, and Lily Jan, PhD
Zulekha A. Qadeer, PhD
"Targeting TGFb pathway dependencies in Group 3 Medulloblastoma"  with William A. Weiss, MD, PhD
Sukrit Silas, PhD
"Discovery and characterization of virally-encoded proteins of unknown function" with Joseph Bondy-Denomy, PhD, and Carol A. Gross, PhD
Catherine C. Smith, MD
"RNA Polymerase II as therapeutic target in AML with RAS activation" with Neil P. Shah, MD, PhD, and Kevin M. Shannon, MD
Adam J. Stevens, PhD
"Synthetic adhesion molecules: redirecting cell infiltration and organization" with Wendell A. Lim, PhD
Kouki Touhara, PhD
"Investigating chemical signaling between gut enteroendocrine cells and intrinsic primary afferent neurons" with David J. Julius, PhD
Qinheng Zheng, PhD
"Drugging K-Ras(G12D) with targeted covalent inhibitors" with Kevan M. Shokat, PhD

University of Colorado Boulder

Edward M. C. Courvan, PhD
"Functional analysis of post-transcriptional RNA regulation in hypoxic macrophages" with Roy R. Parker, PhD
Sabrina L. Spencer, PhD
"Causes and consequences of rapid cancer cell adaptation to MAPK pathway inhibitors"

Yale University

Elizabeth J. Culp, PhD
"Mechanisms and consequences of microbial transformation of dietary xenobiotics in cancer risk" with Andrew L. Goodman, PhD
Esen Sefik, PhD
"The effect of microbes, diet on the intestinal immune system in the context of obesity" with Richard A. Flavell, PhD

Yale University / Michigan State University

Jung-Shen Tai, PhD
"From form to function: Cell shape, cell ordering, and gene regulation in bacterial biofilm" with Jing Yan, PhD (Yale University), and Christopher Waters, PhD (Michigan State University)

Yale University School of Medicine

Luisa F. Escobar-Hoyos, PhD
"Understanding RNA splicing in tumor-cell adaptation and anti-tumor immunity"
Mandar D. Muzumdar, MD
"Targeting endocrine-exocrine signaling in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma progression"

Northwestern University

Xiaoyu Zhang, PhD
“Discovery of chemical probes that support targeted protein degradation in human cancer”

The University of Chicago

Joshua A. Weinstein, PhD
"A novel DNA microscopy platform for rapid discovery of immunogenic tumor neoantigens"

Johns Hopkins University

Jamie B. Spangler, PhD
"Engineered multispecific down-regulating antibodies to advance cancer immunotherapy"

National Institutes of Health

Warakorn Kulalert, PhD
"Characterization of the microbiota-mediated cutaneous neuroimmune interface and its impacts on tumorgenesis and cancer therapy" with Yasmine Belkaid, PhD

The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

Marco A. Catipovic, PhD
"The role of ribosome biogenesis in recycling damaged ribosomes" with Rachel Green, PhD
Jonathan C. Dudley, MD
"Earlier detection of cancer in body cavity fluids through aneuploidy analysis after cell enrichment and partitioning" with Bert Vogelstein, MD

Boston Children's Hospital

Liudmila Andreeva, PhD
"Making an inflammasome: Structural and biochemical elucidation of NLRP3 inflammasome activation" with Hao Wu, PhD
Aaron L. Moye, PhD
"Role of Lgr6-expressing mesenchymal cells in lung cancer initiation and progression" with Carla F. Kim, PhD
Esteban A. Orellana Vinueza, PhD
"Role of METTL1-WDR4 tRNA methyltransferase complex in cancer" with Richard I. Gregory, PhD
Yuxiang Zhang, MD, PhD
"Mechanisms that promote DNA double strand break clusters in brain and liver" with Frederick W. Alt, PhD
Ge Zheng, PhD
"Novel approaches to targeting zinc-finger domain of the transcription repressor BCL11A" with Stuart H. Orkin, MD

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Kunitoshi Chiba, PhD
"Elucidating tissue specificity of cancer" with Stephen Elledge, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Elisa A. Aquilanti, MD
"Targeting telomerase in glioblastoma" with Matthew L. Meyerson, MD, PhD
Christopher J. Gibson, MD
"The biology and clinical implications of clonal hematopoiesis in cancer patients" with Benjamin L. Ebert, MD, PhD
Lillian M. Guenther, MD
"Investigation of CITED2 as a novel dependency in Ewing sarcoma" with Kimberly Stegmaier, MD
(Peter) Geon Kim, MD
"Elucidating the mechanisms of inflammation in clonal hematopoiesis" with Benjamin L. Ebert, MD, PhD
Birgit Knoechel, MD, PhD
"Mechanisms of CD8+ T-cell dysfunction and its therapeutic targeting in T-ALL" with Kimberly Stegmaier, MD, and Catherine J. Wu, MD
Sarah Naomi Olsen, PhD
"Targeted degradation of the MLL-AF9 fusion oncoprotein in acute myeloid leukemia" with Scott A. Armstrong, MD, PhD
Matthew G. Oser, MD, PhD
"Targeting neuroendocrine differentiation as a novel therapeutic strategy for small cell lung cancer" with William G. Kaelin, Jr., MD
Maxim Pimkin, MD, PhD
"Divergent core transcriptional circuitries highlight context-specific vulnerabilities in AML" with Stuart Orkin, MD
Harshabad Singh, MBBS
"Epigenetic evolution of pancreatic adenocarcinoma during combination chemotherapy" with Brian M. Wolpin, MD, MPH, and Andrew J. Aguirre, MD, PhD
Parker L. Sulkowski, PhD
"Investigation of histone secretion in cancer" with William G. Kaelin, Jr., MD
Collin Tokheim, PhD
"Computationally identifying oncogenic substrates of the ubiquitin-proteasome system in human cancers" with Rafael A. Irizarry, PhD, and Eric S. Fischer, PhD
Srinivas R. Viswanathan, MD, PhD
"X marks the spot: exploring how X-chromosome alterations drive sex differences in cancer"
David M. Walter, PhD
"Identifying the selective mechanism behind U2AF1 mutations in lung adenocarcinoma" with Matthew L. Meyerson, MD, PhD
Jingyi Wu, PhD
"Epigenetic clonal evolution in gliomas" with Bradley E. Bernstein, MD, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute / Harvard Medical School

Xin Zhou, PhD
“Designing signaling proteins to enact anti-tumor responses"

Harvard Medical School

Erin E. Duffy, PhD
"Activity-dependent changes in RNA stability as a mechanism for synaptic plasticity" with Michael E. Greenberg, PhD
Yuan Gao, PhD
"Mechanism of protein import into peroxisomes" with Tom A. Rapoport, PhD
Pragya Goel, PhD
"Signaling structure for neuromodulatory coding in the vertebrate striatum" with Pascal Kaeser, MD
Rachel Segal Greenberg, PhD
"Developing functional diversity in interoceptive circuits" with Stephen D. Liberles, PhD
Hannah A. Grunwald, PhD
"Unraveling the role of molecular capacitors that obscure cryptic genetic variants in fish" with Clifford J. Tabin, PhD
Zhejian Ji, PhD
"Function of the Cdc48 ATPase in protein degradation" with Tom A. Rapoport, PhD
Nagarajan Nandagopal, PhD
"Signal integration by bHLH circuits to enable cell fate decisions" with Galit Lahav, PhD, and Sean G. Megason, PhD
Natasha M. O'Brown, PhD
"Molecular and cellular regulators of blood-brain barrier function"
Deepshika Ramanan, PhD
"Identifying functions of regulatory T cell subsets in intestinal inflammation and colorectal cancer"
Benjamin M. Stinson, PhD
"Mechanism of DNA processing during non-homologous end joining"
Jonathan G. Van Vranken, PhD
“Systematic identification of metabolite-protein interactions in human cells" with Steven P. Gygi, PhD
Shou-Wen Wang, PhD
"Inferring cell fate choice from clonal and transcriptomic data, with application to hematopoiesis" with Allon M. Klein, PhD, and Fernando Camargo, PhD
Chuchu Zhang, PhD
"Molecular dissection of the Area Postrema and its role in nausea" with Stephen D. Liberles, PhD

Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health

Madi Y. Cissé, PhD
"Integration on oncogenic signaling and nutrient sensing by mTOR in tumors" with Brendan D. Manning, PhD
Nora Kory, PhD
"Mitochondrial transporters in metabolite compartmentalization and homeostasis"
Nora Kory, PhD
"Targeting mitochondrial transporters in cancer"
Mark R. Sullivan, PhD
"Identifying requirements for lung infection by opportunistic pathogens" with Eric J. Rubin, MD, PhD

Harvard University

Rongxin Fang, PhD
"Genome-scale imaging of enhancer-promoter interactions in cancer at single cell resolution" with Xiaowei Zhuang, PhD
Grace E. Kenney, PhD
"New enzymatic routes towards nitrogen-nitrogen bond formation in diverse cytotoxic natural products" with Emily P. Balskus, PhD
Thomas R. LaBar, PhD
"Elucidating the mechanisms of cellular evolution with experimental evolution" with Andrew W. Murray, PhD
Brian B. Liau, PhD
"Investigating allosteric mechanisms regulating DNA methyltransferase enzymes"
Kara L. McKinley, PhD
"Physiology and pathology of the uterus"

Massachusetts General Hospital

Charles H. Adelmann, PhD
"Systematic exploration of the organellar and cellular requirements of pigmentation" with David E. Fisher, MD, PhD
Liron Bar-Peled, PhD
"Identification of redox vulnerabilities in genetically defined cancers"
Albert E. Kim, MD
"Using liquid biopsy and MRI to non-invasively identify therapeutic targets for brain metastases" with Priscilla K. Brastianos, MD, and Elizabeth R. Gerstner, MD
Stefan Niekamp, PhD
"Understanding the switch: Competition between chromatin remodeler and polycomb repressive complexes" with Robert E. Kingston, PhD
Alexandra-Chloé Villani, PhD
"Deciphering the Achilles' heel of cancer immunotherapy"

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Michael E. Birnbaum, PhD
"Decoding and reprogramming tumor-infiltrating T cells by pMHC-targeted lentiviruses"
Lindsay B. Case, PhD
"Understanding the physical principles that regulate cell signaling"
Fangtao Chi, PhD
"Understanding how ketone body metabolites influence intestinal stemness, immune responses and tumorigenesis" with Ömer H. Yilmaz, MD, PhD
Jon McGinn, PhD
"Dissecting the genetic networks underlying host subversion during Rickettsia infection" with Rebecca Lamason, PhD, and Michael T. Laub, PhD
Sharanya Sivanand, PhD
"Understanding metabolic heterogeneity in primary and metastatic tumors" with Matthew G. Vander Heiden, MD, PhD
Patrick Woida, PhD
"Functional dissection of the bacterial-host interface during cell-to-cell spread" with Rebecca Lamason, PhD

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Matthew Bakalar, PhD
"Predicting the interactions of T cell receptors with peptide-MHC complexes" with Nir Hacohen, PhD
Veronika Shoba, PhD
"Phosphorylation-inducing chimeric small molecules" with Amit Choudhary, PhD, and Stuart L. Schreiber, PhD

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Henry R. Kilgore, PhD
"Subcellular pharmacokinetics" with Richard A. Young, PhD
Daniel H. Lin, PhD
"The influence of RNA and protein conformation on target-directed miRNA degradation" with David P. Bartel, PhD
Jingchuan Luo, PhD
"Deciphering roles of nuclear-mitochondrial communication in cellular homeostasis" with Jonathan S. Weissman, PhD
Alexandra Nguyen, PhD
"Defining the cell type specific cell division requirements in acute myeloid leukemias" with Iain M. Cheeseman, PhD
Ngoc-Han Tran, PhD
"Endoplasmic reticulum dynamics and inheritance in germ cells specification" with Ruth Lehmann, PhD
Dian Yang, PhD
"Dissecting intratumoral heterogeneity and hierarchy at single cell resolution" with Jonathan S. Weissman, PhD, and Trever G. Bivona, MD, PhD
Dian Yang, PhD
“Dissecting intratumoral heterogeneity and hierarchy at single cell resolution”

University of Michigan

Phillip L. Palmbos, MD, PhD
"Targeting TRIM29 to reverse immune checkpoint inhibitor resistance in bladder cancer" with Joshi J. Alumkal, MD
Daniel R. Wahl, MD, PhD
"Targeting metabolic interactions in the glioblastoma microenvironment to overcome therapy resistance" with Theodore S. Lawrence, MD, PhD, and Maria G. Castro, PhD

University of Minnesota

Nicholas N. Jarjour, PhD
"Antigen-independent proliferation of tissue-resident memory T cells and therapeutic applications" with Stephen C. Jameson, PhD

Princeton University

Caroline Bartman, PhD
"Systems analysis of in vivo tumor and stromal cell metabolism in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma" with Joshua Rabinowitz, MD, PhD
Andrew A. Bridges, PhD
"Bacterial cell fates: The role of quorum sensing in biofilm patterning"
Courtney Ellison, PhD
"The role of type IV pili in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation" with Joshua W. Shaevitz, PhD, and Zemer Gitai, PhD
Nir Hananya, PhD
"The roles of histone ADP-ribosylation in DNA damage response" with Tom W. Muir, PhD
Aaron E. Lin, PhD
"Contact tracing within an organism: developing a genome editing platform to record the history of virus-infected and transformed cells" with Alexander Ploss, PhD, and Brittany Adamson, PhD
Cong Ma, PhD
"Modeling spatial organization and interactions among genetic and epigenetic states across cancer types" with Benjamin Raphael, PhD, and Li Ding, PhD

Columbia University

Arnold S. Han, MD, PhD
"Precision T cell receptor-based cancer therapies"

Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

Amaia Lujambio, PhD
"Overcoming resistance to anti-PD1 immunotherapy in hepatocellular carcinoma"

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center

Vinod P. Balachandran, MD
"Recombinant interleukin-33 immunotherapy for pancreatic cancer" with Steven D. Leach, MD, and Jedd D. Wolchok, MD, PhD
Tin Yi Chu, PhD
"Statistical modeling of cell-cell interactions in normal intestine, inflammatory bowel disease and colorectal cancer using single cell and spatial transcriptomics" with Dana Pe’er, PhD, and Elaine V. Fuchs, PhD
Andrew J. Dunbar, MD
"Interrogating functional contribution of JAK2V617F in the maintenance of myeloproliferative neoplasms" with Ross L. Levine, MD
Siting Gan, PhD
"In situ single-cell dissection of the tumor-microenvironment interplay mediating brain metastasis" with Joan Massagué, PhD, and Dana Pe'er, PhD
Karuna Ganesh, MD, PhD
"Leveraging patient-derived organoid models to define the molecular determinants of metastatic regeneration" with Joan Massagué, PhD
Andrew M. Intlekofer, MD, PhD
"Metabolic coupling of the hypoxic niche to stemness" with Ross L. Levine, MD
Christopher A. Klebanoff, MD
"Clinical development of next-generation T cell receptor (TCR)-based adoptive immunotherapies for the treatment of patients with common epithelial malignancies" with Michel Sadelain, MD, PhD, and Larry Norton, MD
Piro Lito, MD, PhD
"Modeling responses to targeted ERK signaling inhibition at the single-cell level" with Neal X. Rosen, MD, PhD, and Charles M. Rudin, MD, PhD
Kaixian Liu, PhD
"The studies of double-strand break proteins in germline genome transmission" with Scott N. Keeney, PhD, and Shixin Liu, PhD
Thomas M. Norman, PhD
"Efficient strategies for finding and elucidating genetic interactions"
Elli Papaemmanuil, PhD
"Leveraging multi-modal genome profiling approaches to study disease initiation, progression, and response to therapy in TP53 mutated myeloid neoplasms"
Jose Reyes, PhD
"Dynamics and consequences of complex karyotype evolution in p53 driven acute myeloid leukemia" with Scott W. Lowe, PhD, and Dana Pe'er, PhD
Sukrit Singh, PhD
"Physics-driven prediction of drug-resistant clinical mutations to improve precision oncology" with John D. Chodera, PhD, and Markus A. Seeliger, PhD
Santosha A. Vardhana, MD, PhD
"Investigating and targeting T cell exhaustion in solid tumors"
Esther Wershof, PhD
"Three-dimensional spatiotemporal organization of the gut tube in early organogenesis" with Dana Pe’er, PhD, and Anna-Katerina Hadjantonakis, PhD

Memorial Sloan Kettering Institute for Cancer Research

Rico C. Ardy, PhD
"An atlas of fibroblast cell states in health and disease through functional genomics" with Thomas Norman, PhD
Zeda Zhang, PhD
"Decode the senescent cell surface in vivo and develop cell therapies for senescence-related diseases" with Scott W. Lowe, PhD

New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Nicholas M. Adams, PhD
"Elucidating how pDC genome organization regulates IFN production in cancer" with Boris Reizis, PhD
Robert S. Banh, PhD
“Codon- and nutrient-specific regulation of mRNA translation in pancreatic cancer”

New York University Langone Health

Michael E. Pacold, MD, PhD
"Tracing molecular oxygen in pancreatic cancer"

New York University School of Medicine

Sophia C. Tintori, PhD
"Mechanisms of radiation tolerance in Caenorhabditis from Chernobyl" with Matthew V. Rockman, PhD

NYU Grossman School of Medicine

Rabi Upadhyay, MD
"Determining the distal effects of gut microbiota on the lung tumor microenvironment, cancer progression, and checkpoint blockade efficacy" with Dan R. Littman, MD, PhD

The Rockefeller University

Alain R. Bonny, PhD
"The spatiotemporal coordination between inflammation and tissue repair" with Elaine V. Fuchs, PhD
Aleksey Chudnovskiy, PhD
"Defining dendritic cell-T cell interaction history within the tumor microenvironment using enzymatic labeling" with Gabriel D. Victora, PhD
Gregory P. Donaldson, PhD
"Cross-talk between B lymphocytes and bacteria in the maintenance of a non-inflammatory mucosal microbiome" with Daniel Mucida, PhD
Catherine A. Freije, PhD
"Investigating the role of fitness and host pressure in shaping hepatitis B diversity" with Charles M. Rice, PhD
Anita Gola, PhD
"A spatially patterned stem cell and immune cell barrier at the skin surface" with Elaine V. Fuchs, PhD
Juhee Pae, PhD
"Mechanisms of germinal center B Cell proliferation" with Gabriel D. Victora, PhD
Gokhan Unlu, PhD
"Targeting cancer nutrient limitations using dietary interventions" with Kivanç Birsoy, PhD
Ekaterina V. Vinogradova, PhD
"Investigating and targeting T cell exhaustion in solid tumors"
John C. Zinder, PhD
"Structure and biochemistry of human shelterin and associated factors" with Titia de Lange, PhD

Weill Cornell Medicine

Christopher E. Barbieri, MD, PhD
"Subtype-specific modes of clinical and molecular progression in prostate cancer" with Lewis C. Cantley, PhD
John R. Ferrarone, MD
"Seeking and evaluating novel therapeutic targets in human lung adenocarcinomas with loss-of-function mutations in LKB1" with Harold E. Varmus, MD
Eric E. Gardner, PharmD, PhD
"Interrogating lung adenocarcinoma transformation to small cell lung cancer at single cell resolution" with Harold E. Varmus, MD
Heather L. Yeo, MD
"Use of mobile applications to evaluate post surgical recovery in aging patients with GI cancer" with Manish A. Shah, MD, and Deborah L. Estrin, PhD

Duke University

Lawrence A. David, PhD
"Personalized prebiotics to optimize microbiota metabolism and improve transplant outcomes"
Nicholas C. DeVito, MD
"Investigating the role of EMT-mediated dendritic cell tolerization in checkpoint inhibitor resistance" with Brent A. Hanks, MD, PhD
Yvonne M. Mowery, MD, PhD
"Evaluating and targeting pathways of treatment resistance in head and neck squamous cell carcinoma" with David G. Kirsch, MD, PhD
Anthony D. Sung, MD
"Personalized prebiotics to optimize microbiota metabolism and improve transplant outcomes"

Duke University School of Medicine

Elizabeth R. Hughes, PhD
"Mechanisms of microbial modulation of cancer immunotherapy" with Raphael H. Valdivia, PhD

Oregon Health & Science University

Jeremy Copperman, PhD
"Whole-cell modeling for the prediction and control of micro-environmentally regulated proliferative and migratory variability" with Daniel M. Zuckerman, PhD, and Laura M. Heiser, PhD

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Jennifer M. Kalish, MD, PhD
"Epigenetic and genetic mechanisms of cancer in Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome" with Marisa S. Bartolomei, PhD, and Garrett M. Brodeur, MD

University of Pennsylvania

Alexander C. Huang, MD
"Shared antigen and neoantigen-specific T cells in checkpoint blockade efficacy and toxicity" with Gerald P. Linette, MD, PhD
Chengcheng Jin, PhD
"Investigating neuro-immune interaction in lung cancer"
Max M. Wattenberg, MD
"Epigenetic reprogramming of dendritic cells for cancer immunotherapy" with Gregory L. Beatty, MD, PhD, and Robert H. Vonderheide, MD, PhD

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Romain L. Riscal, PhD
"Exploiting Cholesterol metabolism as a liability in clear cell Renal Cell Carcinoma (ccRCC)" with M. Celeste Simon, PhD

University of Pittsburgh

Dennis J. Hsu, MD
"Metabolic determinants of codon usage bias in colorectal cancer" with Jeremy N. Rich, MD, and Lin Zhang, PhD
Tera C. Levin, PhD
"Master microbial manipulators: how hosts are shaped by bacterial interactions"

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Katherine E. Gadek, PhD
"Defining endothelial progenitor cell pliancy in rhabdomyosarcoma"  with Mark Hatley, MD, PhD, and Stacey Ogden, PhD
Anand G. Patel, MD, PhD
"Targeting the developmental architecture of rhabdomyosarcoma" with Michael A. Dyer, PhD

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

Natalie Vokes, MD
"Dissecting tumor intrinsic and immune drivers of resistance to therapy in non-small cell lung cancer" with John V. Heymach, MD, PhD
Runmin Wei, PhD
"Integrating single cell genomic and spatial information to delineate tumor heterogeneity and microenvironment interactions in inflammatory breast cancer" with Nicholas E. Navin, PhD, and Ken Chen, PhD

University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

Todd A. Aguilera, MD, PhD
"Immunologic responses to short course radiotherapy in rectal adenocarcinoma and the impact of CD40 agonist immunotherapy" with Robert D. Timmerman, MD, and Yang-Xin Fu, MD, PhD
Gabriel Muhire Gihana, PhD
"Cell morphological modulation of oncogenic Ras signaling" with Gaudenz Danuser, PhD
Xiaochun Li, PhD
“Investigation of Hedgehog and Wnt signaling mechanisms”
David G. McFadden, MD, PhD
"Identifying metabolic vulnerabilities in Hürthle cell carcinoma" with Steven L. McKnight, PhD, and Ralph J. DeBerardinis, MD, PhD
Sangeetha M. Reddy, MD
"Multi-modality approach to enhancing antigen presentation in breast cancers" with Zhijian (James) Chen, PhD, and Hans Hammers, MD, PhD

University of Utah

Lexy von Diezmann, PhD
"State changes of a liquid-like compartment monitor crossover recombination" with Ofer Rog, PhD, and Erik M. Jorgensen, PhD

Washington University School of Medicine

Kelly L. Bolton, MD, PhD
"The use of enasidenib in IDH2-mutated clonal cytopenia of undetermined significance" with Matthew J. Walter, MD, and Eytan M. Stein, MD

University Hospitals Cleveland Medical Center

Jonathan E. Shoag, MD
"Harnessing clinical data to identify new prostate cancer therapeutics" with Christopher E. Barbieri, MD, PhD

University of Vermont

Vitor Mori, PhD
"EBUS-TBNI of cisplatin optimization in heterogeneous lung tumors" with Jason H.T. Bates, PhD, DSc, and C. Matthew Kinsey, MD