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 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

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
Victoria Hung, PhD
"Defining the post-translational landscape of ribosomes in control of gene regulation and cell fate" with Maria Barna, 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 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
Minhee Park, PhD
"Structural basis of epigenetic memory at the single cell level" with Alistair Boettiger, PhD, and Howard Y. Chang, MD, 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
Kathryn R. Taylor, PhD
"The effect of neuronal activity on pediatric glioma invasion" with Michelle L. Monje, 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
Andrew L. Ji, MD
"Cancer cell-extrinsic and intrinsic control of tumor progression and intratumoral heterogeneity" with Paul A. Khavari, MD, PhD
Christopher P. Lapointe, PhD
"Regulatory roles of the 3' untranslated region in human translation" with Joseph Puglisi, PhD
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

Tess C. Branon, PhD
"Elucidating mechanisms of bidirectional host-microbiota communication" with Gregory M. Barton, PhD
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 Didychuk, PhD
"Viral mimics of host transcription factors in oncogenic herpesviruses" with Britt 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
Jamie Lahvic, PhD
"Uncovering cell non-autonomous mechanisms of tumor suppression" with Iswar Hariharan, MBBS, PhD
Andrew C. Murley, PhD
"Cell non-autonomous communication of ER stress resistance" with Andrew G. Dillin, 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
Yi Yin, PhD
"Global analysis of DNA break repair by single-cell sequencing"

University of California, San Diego

Janice M. Reimer, PhD
"Regulation of dynein by Lis1" with Andres Leschziner, PhD
Alistair B. Russell, PhD
"Impact of heterogeneity on the cellular recognition of influenza"
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 with polypharmacology and selectivity profiles for GPCRs involved in pain" with Brian 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 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 Julius, PhD
Lan Wang, PhD
"Conferring organelle-specificity to tail-anchored proteins" with Peter Walter, PhD
Qinheng Zheng, PhD
"Drugging K-Ras(G12D) with targeted covalent inhibitors" with Kevan M. Shokat, PhD

University of Colorado Boulder

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
Luisa F. Escobar-Hoyos, PhD
"Understanding RNA splicing in tumor-cell adaptation and anti-tumor immunity"
Sigrid Nachtergaele, PhD
"Identifying novel mechanisms of gene expression regulation through mRNA modifications"
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

Mandar D. Muzumdar, MD
"Targeting endocrine-exocrine signaling in pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma progression"

The University of Chicago

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

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
Evan J. Worden, PhD
"The mechanistic basis of crosstalk between histone H2B ubiquitylation and H3K79 methylation" with Cynthia Wolberger, PhD

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 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 Orkin, MD

Brigham and Women's Hospital

Kunitoshi Chiba, PhD
"Elucidating tissue specificity of cancer" with Stephen Elledge, PhD
Gabriel K. Griffin, MD
"Enhancing cancer immunotherapy through epigenetic modulation of the repetitive genome" with Bradley E. Bernstein, MD, PhD, and Arlene H. Sharpe, MD, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Elisa A. Aquilanti, MD
"Targeting telomerase in glioblastoma" with Matthew L. Meyerson, MD, PhD
Edmond M. Chan, MD
"Validating a novel synthetic lethal target for microsatellite unstable cancers" with Adam J. Bass, MD
Eric S. Fischer, PhD
"Novel mechanisms for small molecule induced targeted degradation of RRM family proteins"
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
Tikvah K. Hayes, PhD
"Systematic genomic and functional analysis of small cell lung cancer" with Matthew L. Meyerson, MD, PhD
Whitney Johnson, PhD
"Innate immune consequences of nuclear envelope rupture" with David Pellman, 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
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 X. Shirley Liu, PhD, and Eric S. Fischer, PhD
Jingyi Wu, PhD
"Epigenetic clonal evolution in gliomas" with Bradley Bernstein, MD, PhD

Harvard Medical School

Amelia N. Chang, PhD
"The role of activity-regulated gene expression in human brain evolution" with Michael E. Greenberg, PhD
Karole N. D'Orazio, PhD
Epigenetic regulation through RNA decay with Danesh Moazed, PhD
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 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 Megason, PhD
Natasha M. O'Brown, PhD
"Molecular and cellular regulators of blood-brain barrier function"
Nikit Patel, PhD
"Dissecting the transcriptional logic underlying neural tube development" with Allon Klein, PhD
Maxim Pimkin, MD, PhD
"Divergent core transcriptional circuitries highlight context-specific vulnerabilities in AML" with Stuart Orkin, MD
Deepshika Ramanan, PhD
"Identifying functions of regulatory T cell subsets in intestinal inflammation and colorectal cancer" with Christophe Benoist, MD, PhD
Benjamin M. Stinson, PhD
"Mechanism of DNA processing during non-homologous end joining"
Jonathan G. Van Vranken
“Development and application of proteome-wide thermal shift assays" with Steven Gygi
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"
Mark Sullivan, PhD
"Identifying requirements for lung infection by opportunistic pathogens" with Eric 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
"Mechanisms and functions of cellular rearrangements in epithelia"

Koch Institute For Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Evan C. Lien, PhD
"Impact of diet on tumor metabolism and progression" with Matthew G. Vander Heiden, MD, PhD

Massachusetts General Hospital

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 Kingston, PhD
Jan P. Schuemann, PhD
“Using extreme dose rates to protect healthy tissue in proton radiation therapy”
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"
Jon McGinn, PhD
"Dissecting the genetic networks underlying host subversion during Rickettsia infection" with Rebecca Lamason, PhD, and Michael Laub, PhD
Sharanya Sivanand, PhD
"Understanding metabolic heterogeneity in primary and metastatic tumors" with Matthew G. Vander Heiden, MD, PhD

The Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard

Veronika Shoba, PhD
"Phosphorylation-inducing chimeric small molecules" with Amit Choudhary, PhD, and Stuart L. Schreiber, PhD

Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research

Elizabeth A. Boydston, PhD
"Exploring the cell adhesion landscape through host-pathogen interactions" with Sebastian Lourido, 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 Weissman, PhD
Alexandra Nguyen, PhD
"Defining the cell type specific cell division requirements in acute myeloid leukemias" with Iain M. Cheeseman, PhD
Dian Yang, PhD
"Dissecting intratumoral heterogeneity and hierarchy at single cell resolution" with Jonathan S. Weissman, PhD, and Trever G. Bivona, MD, PhD

University of Michigan

Philip 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" with Bonnie L. Bassler, PhD
Courtney Ellison, PhD
"The role of type IV pili in Pseudomonas aeruginosa biofilm formation" with Joshua Shaevitz, PhD, and Zemer Gitai, PhD
Nir Hananya, PhD
"The roles of histone ADP-ribosylation in DNA damage response" with Tom Muir, PhD

Columbia University

Jessie A. Brown, PhD
"Master regulators of drug resistance in relapsed acute lymphoblastic leukemia"  with Adolfo A. Ferrando, MD, PhD
Arnold S. Han, MD, PhD
"Precision T cell receptor-based cancer therapies"

Columbia-Presbyterian Medical Center

Marissa Rashkovan, PhD
"Targeting metabolic vulnerabilities in ETP-ALL" with Adolfo A. Ferrando, MD, PhD

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
Matthew D. Hellmann, MD
"Refining disease states in response to PD-1 blockade to inform rational immunotherapeutics in NSCLC" with Charles M. Rudin, MD, PhD, and Jedd D. Wolchok, MD, PhD
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 Keeney, PhD, and Shixin Liu, PhD
Thomas M. Norman, PhD
"Efficient strategies for finding and elucidating genetic interactions"
Elli Papaemmanuil, PhD
"Biological and clinical implications of allelic imbalances in clonal hematopoiesis and subsequent risk of therapy related leukemia"
Jose Reyes, PhD
"Dynamics and consequences of complex karyotype evolution in p53 driven acute myeloid leukemia" with Scott Lowe, PhD, and Dana Pe'er, PhD
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 Cancer Center/The Rockefeller University

Dennis J. Hsu, MD
"Metabolic determinants of codon usage bias in colorectal cancer" with Sohail F. Tavazoie, MD, PhD

New York University Grossman School of Medicine

Nicholas Adams, PhD
"Elucidating how pDC genome organization regulates IFN production in cancer" with Boris Reizis, PhD

New York University Langone Health

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

New York University School of Medicine

Sophia Tintori, PhD
"Mechanisms of radiation tolerance in Caenorhabditis from Chernobyl" with Matthew 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

Stony Brook University

Benjamin L. Martin, PhD
"Cell cycle regulation of cellular behaviors associated with cancer metastasis"
David Q. Matus, PhD
"Cell cycle regulation of cellular behaviors associated with cancer metastasis"

The Rockefeller University

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 Kivanc Birsoy, PhD
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"

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 Joe W. Gray, PhD
Yunsik Kang, PhD
"Molecular mechanisms regulating phagocytosis of neurons" with Marc R. Freeman, 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 A. 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
Balint Z. Kacsoh, PhD
"Influence of social environment on cancer progression" with Shelley Berger, PhD, and Christopher J. Lengner, PhD
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

Tera C. Levin, PhD
"Master microbial manipulators: how hosts are shaped by bacterial interactions"
Abigail E. Overacre-Delgoffe, PhD
"Microbiome control of the tumor microenvironment: harnessing immunosuppression and exhaustion" with Timothy W. Hand, PhD, and Olivera J. Finn, PhD

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

Huntsman Cancer Institute at the University of Utah

Gregory S. Ducker, PhD
"Targeting phosphatidylcholine metabolism in liver cancer using zebrafish"
Kimberley J. Evason, MD, PhD
"Targeting phosphatidylcholine metabolism in liver cancer using zebrafish"

University of Utah

Matthew P. Miller, PhD
"Deciphering tension-dependent stabilization of kinetochore-microtubule interactions"
Lexy von Diezmann, PhD
"State changes of a liquid-like compartment monitor crossover recombination" with Ofer Rog, PhD, and Erik 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