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2010 Cancer Grant Recipients

Richard Baer, Ph.D., Columbia University Medical Center
Title of Project: Which functions of BRCA1 suppress breast cancer

Mark E. Burkard, M.D., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
Title of Project: Identifying synthetic lethal approaches targeting polyploidy in human breast cancer

Ronny Drapkin, M.D., Ph.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Title of Project: Defining the role of the fallopian tube secretory Epithelial cell in the pathogenesis of serous ovarian carcinoma

Edward Gunther, M.D., The Pennsylvania State University and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
Title of Project: Dissecting Mammary Cell Lineage-specific Signaling Pathway Dependencies in Breast Cancer

Richard N. Kitsis, M.D., Albert Einstein College of Medicine of Yeshiva University
Title of Project: Mechanistic Role of Necrosis – not Apoptosis – in Breast Cancer

Lawrence Lum, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center
Title of Project: Targeting the cancer stem cell compartment in breast and cervical cancer using novel tankyrase inhibitors

Martin M. Matzuk, M.D., Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine
Title of Project: Novel microRNA Therapies for Ovarian Cancer

Rita Nahta, Ph.D., Emory University
Title of Project: Growth Differentiation Factor 15, a novel mediator of trastuzumab resistance in HER2-overexpressing breast cancer

Roel Nusse, Ph.D., Stanford University
Title of Project: Genes for self-renewal of normal and tumor breast stem cells

Sandra Ryeom, Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
Title of Project: Role of the Platelet Angiogenic Proteome in Cervical Cancer

Frank Slack, Ph.D., Yale University
Title of Project: A microRNA binding site mutation in KRAS and risk of hereditary breast and ovarian cancer

Elizabeth Swisher, M.D., University of Washington
Title of Project: BRCA1/2 Restoration as a Predictor in a GOG Clinical Trial for Recurrent Ovarian Carcinoma

Angelique W. Whitehurst, Ph.D., The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Title of Project: Defining a Functional Signature of Chemosensitivity in Ovarian Cancer Subtypes

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