Cancer Center Grant Awardees

Seed grants are critical to the development of novel ideas and projects, new investigators, and the future of cancer research. Seed grants provide investigators with the initial support yhey need to further their science, collect data, publish, and secure peer-reviewed funding.

Awardees, American Cancer Society Pilot Research Grants

 2012

Lauren Wiebe, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Experimental Therapeutics
ePRO Data for Patients Receiving Chemotherapy for GI Cancer (DOCX)

Qing Miao, PhD (Supplemental Award)
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Angiogenesis, Metastasis & the Tumor Microenvironment
Roles of Nogo-B and Nogo-B Receptor (NgBR) in Tumor Angiogenesis (DOCX)

Sridhar Rao, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Hematologic Malignancy and Transplantation
Identifying shared transcriptional programs between leukemic and embryonic stem cells (DOCX)

Bin Ren, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Angiogenesis, Metastasis & the Tumor Microenvironment
Epigenetic Regulation of Endothelial Cell CD36 Transcription by Lysophosphatidic Acid and Angiogenesis in Breast Cancer in Diet-induced Obese Mice (DOCX)

Teresa Gross Kelly, MD (Supplemental Award)
Assistant Professor
Department of Radiology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Imaging
The Effectiveness of Advanced MR Imaging Techniques for Grading Pediatric Brain Tumors - A Comparative Outcomes Study (DOCX)

 2011

Teresa Gross Kelly, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Radiology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Imaging
The Effectiveness of Advanced MR Imaging Techniques for Grading Pediatric Brain Tumors - A Comparative Outcomes Study (DOCX)

Qing Miao, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Surgery
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Angiogenesis, Metastasis & the Tumor Microenvironment
Roles of Nogo-B and Nogo-B Receptor (NgBR) in Tumor Angiogenesis (DOCX)

Monica Thakar, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Hematologic Malignancy and Transplantation
NK Cell Immunotherapy in Relapsed and Refractory Solid Tumors (DOCX)

Jill Gershan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Hematologic Malignancy and Transplantation
Metastatic Analysis of Clonal Epithelial and Mesenchymal-like Murine Mammary Tumor Cells (DOCX)

Xiao Chen, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Hematologic Malignancies and Transplantation
NK Regulation of Leukocyte Trafficking by Retinoic Acid in a Murine Model

Vladimir Semenenko, PhD (Supplemental Award)
Instructor
Department of Radiation Oncology
Toward More Effective Use of Published Clinical Data to Predict Complication Risks in Radiotherapy Patients (DOCX)

 2010

Vladimir Semenenko, PhD
Instructor
Department of Radiation Oncology
Toward More Effective Use of Published Clinical Data to Predict Complication Risks in Radiotherapy Patients (DOCX)

Jonathan Bock, MD (Supplemental Award)
Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Susceptibility and Chemoprevention
Enhancing Celecoxib Toxicity in Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Head and Neck (DOCX)

Dian Wang, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Experimental Therapeutics
Enhancing Celecoxib Toxicity in Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Head and Neck

 2009

Kristen Bingen, PhD (Supplemental Award)
Associate Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Research Program: Population Sciences
Adolescent and Young Adult Evaluation of Health-Related Quality of Life Assessment in Oncology: A Developmental Perspective

Jonathan Bock, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Otolaryngology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Susceptibility and Chemoprevention
Enhancing Celecoxib Toxicity in Squamous Cell Carcinomas of the Head and Neck

Jennifer Koop
Department of Neurology
fMRI Analysis of Working Memory Deficits in Children

Laurent Malherbe, PhD
Associate Investigator
Department of Microbiology and Molecular
Genetics, Blood Research Institute

Awardees, Novel Cancer Research Project Grants

 2011

Andrew Chan, PhD
Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Stromal-derived Trophic Factors in Neuroblastoma

Lisa Ann Cirillo, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy
Misdirected Chromatin Remodeling as a Mechanism for Pax3FoxO1 Mediated Oncogenesis

Vera Tarakanova, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Introduction of Type I Interferon Responses by Irradiation: A New Tool for Cancer Therapy

Haris Vikis, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Prevention of Lung Cancer through Inhibition of Neutrophil Trafficking and Myeloperoxidase Activity

Awardees, Large Center Pilot Grants

 2012

Leukemia: Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Pathogenesis and Immunotherapy

Sridhar Rao, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics

Subramaniam Malarkannan, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine

Monica Thakar, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics

Mechanisms, Treatment and Prevention of Metastasis in Breast Cancer

Carol Williams, PhD
Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Alan Bloom, PhD
Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Christopher Chitambar, MD
Professor
Department of Medicine

 2011

Mechanisms and Therapeutic Targeting of Pancreatic Cancer Malignancy

Michael Dwinell, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD
Chairman, Professor, Department of Biophysics

Awardees, Interdisciplinary Grants

 2011

Howard Jacob, PhD
Professor
Department of Physiology

Michael Dwinell, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
Characterizing Genetic Risks of Metastasis Using Breast Cancer Xenografts in Immunodeficient Consomic and Congenic Rat Strains

Carol Williams, PhD
Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Julia White, MD
Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology

Alexander Mackinnon, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
The Prognostic Significance of SmgGDS-mediated Signaling Pathways in Breast Cancer

Brian Volkman, PhD
Professor
Department of Biochemistry

Sam Hwang, MD, PhD
Chairman and Professor
Department of Dermatology
Inhibiting Melanoma Metastasis with an Engineered Chemokine

Neil Hogg, PhD
Assistant Dean and Professor
Department of Biophysics

James Thomas, MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Medicine
Nitric Oxide Mediated Modulation of Breast Cancer Cell Metabolism

Awardees, Independent Research Seed Grants in Breast & Prostate Cancer

 2012

Guan Chen, MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Cell Signaling and Metabolism
Regulation of Breast Cancer Hormone Sensitivity (DOCX)

Neil Hogg, PhD,
Assistant Dean, Professor
Department of Biophysics
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Cell Signaling and Metabolism
Nitric Oxide: A Modulator of Bioenergetics in Breast Cancer (DOCX)

Jian Huang, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Cell Signaling and Metabolism
ER-α36 is a Valuable Biomarker for Predicting Trastuzumab Resistance and a Novel Therapeutic Target in HER2-positive Breast Cancer (DOCX)

Liang Wang, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Pathology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Cell Signaling and Metabolism
Long Range Chromatin Interactions at Prostate Cancer Risk Loci

 2011

Kathryn Bylow, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Use of B-Hydroxy-B-Methylbutyrate to Counteract Loss of Muscle Mass and Strength in Older Men with Recurrent Prostate Cancer Started on Androgen-deprivation Therapy

Christopher Chitambar, MD
Professor
Department of Medicine
Biomarkers for Chemotherapy-related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients

Michael Dwinell, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
CXCL12 Treatment as a Novel Therapeutic Paradigm for Breast Cancer

Albert Girotti, PhD
Professor
Department of Biochemistry
Upregulation of Cytoprotective Nitric Oxide in Photodynamic Therapy for Breast Cancer

Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD
Chairman and Professor
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Cell Signaling and Metabolism
Department of Biophysics
Biomarkers for Chemotherapy-related Fatigue in Breast Cancer Patients

 2010

Kasem Nithipatikom, PhD
Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Angiogenesis, Metastasis and the Tumor Microenvironment
A Novel Signaling of CB1R in Prostate Cancer

Paula Traktman, PhD
Sr Associate Dean, Chairman, Professor
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Cell Signaling and Metabolism
Defining the Impact of the Protein Kinase VRK1 on the Proliferation and Oncogenic Potential of Mammary Epithelial Cells

Andrew Chan, PhD
Professor
Department of Pediatrics
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Cell Signaling and Metabolism
Mechanistic Insights into Breast Cancer Susceptibility and Treatment Resistance

 2009

Guan Chen, MD, PhD,
Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Cell Signaling and Metabolism
Estrogen and Vitamin D Receptor

Andrey Sorokin, PhD
Professor
Department of Medicine
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Cell Signaling and Metabolism

Eicosanoids and Resistance of Prostate Cancer Cell

Carol Williams, PhD
Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Cell Signaling and Metabolism

 2008 - 2006

2008

Alan Bloom, PhD
Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Imaging
Effects of Chemotherapy on Cognition and Brain Function in Breast Cancer Patients

Jill Gershan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pediatrics
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Hematologic Malignancy and Transplantation
Cell Based Vaccines for Breast Cancer in the FVB/B (MMTV NEU) Mouse Model

Jong-In Park, PhD
Professor
Department of Biochemistry
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Cell Signaling and Metabolism
Kinase Activity-Independent Signaling of ERK 1/2 in Prostate Cancer

Kathleen Schmainda, PhD
Professor
Department of Radiology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Imaging
Comprehensive Mechanistic Studies for Improving Breast Cancer Treatment


2007

Alonzo Walker, MD,
Sr Associate Dean, Professor
Department of Surgery
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Experimental Therapeutics
Community Based Breast Cancer Education and Early Detection


2006

Carolyn Taylor, PhD
Professor
Department of Medicine
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Hematology, Malignancies and Transplantation
T Cell Therapy to Decrease Morbidity and Mortality in Bone Marrow Transplant Patients

Awardees, Interdisciplinary Fellowship Awards Funded by State of Wisconsin Tax Check-Off Legislation

 Characterizing Genetic Risks of Metastasis Using Breast Cancer Xenographs in Immunodeficient Consomic and Congenic Rat Strains

Howard Jacob, PhD
Professor
Department of Physiology

Michael Dwinell, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics

 The Prognostic Significance of SmgGDS-mediated Signaling Pathways in Breast Cancer

Carol Williams, PhD
Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology

Julia White, MD
Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology

Alexander Mackinnon, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Pathology
The Prognostic Significance of SmgGDS-mediated Signaling Pathways in Breast Cancer

Awardees, Translational Research Seed Grants in Breast and Prostate Cancer Funded by State of Wisconsin Tax Check-Off Legislation

 Awardees

Guan Chen, MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Cell Signaling and Metabolism
Regulation of Breast Cancer Hormone Sensitivity (DOCX)

Neil Hogg, PhD
Assistant Dean, Professor
Department of Biophysics
MCW Cancer Center Research Program: Cancer Cell Signaling and Metabolism
Nitric Oxide: A Modulator of Bioenergetics in Breast Cancer (DOCX)

Kathryn Bylow, MD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Use of B-Hydroxy-B-Methylbutyrate to Counteract Loss of Muscle Mass and Strength in Older Men with Recurrent Prostate Cancer Started on Androgen-deprivation Therapy

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