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2014 Cancer Grant Recipients

Thomas P. Ahern, Ph.D., University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT
Title of Project: Predictive biomarkers of breast tumor response to statin therapy

Carey K. Anders, MD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill School of Medicine, Chapel Hill, NC
Title of Project: Targeting the P13K and MEK Pathways in Triple Negative Breast Cancer Brain Metastases

Luis A. Diaz, MD, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD
Title of Project: A molecular pap smear for the detection of ovarian and endometrial cancers

Mohit Jain, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, La Jolla, CA
Title of Project: Targeting Cancer-Specific Metabolic Activity for Breast Cancer Therapy

Carol A. Lange, Ph.D., Regents of the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN
Title of Project: PTK6 Drives Metastasis in Therapy-Resistant Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

Yi Li, Ph.D., Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, TX
Title of Project: Intermittent ruxolitinib treatment for prevention of breast cancer in nulliparous women

Laurie Littlepage, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Title of Project: Overcoming Breast Cancer Chemoresistance Using ZNF217 as a Prognostic Marker and Therapeutic Target

Vivek Mittal, Ph.D., Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY
Title of Project: Pharmacological targeting of the Polycomb Frepressive Complex 2 impairs breast cancer metastasis

Melissa Skala, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN
Title of Project: A New Paradigm for Drug Development and Treatment Planning in Breast Cancer

Yihong Wan, Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center, Dallas, TX
Title of Project: A Novel Strategy to inhibit Bone Metastasis of Breast Cancer

Adam de la Zerda, Ph.D., Stanford University, Palo Alto, CA
Title of Project: MOZART: A new Breast Cancer Diagnostic Technology for Single Cell Imaging in Vivo

Binhua (Peter) Zhou, Ph.D., University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, KY
Title of Project: Dissecting the Critical Functions of the Dub3-Snail Axis in Basal-like Breast Cancer

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