Aug. 31, 2018

Winship Invest$ names pilot grant recipients

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Nine Winship investigators are the newest recipients of pilot grants through Winship Invest$, a peer-reviewed program designed to fund novel, innovative cancer research projects at Winship. Winship Invest$ is supported by philanthropic contributions as well as developmental funds from Winship's Cancer Center Support Grant (P30CA138292) awarded by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.

Winship Invest$ has two funding cycles every year. The most recent cycle focused on projects that address four strategic areas: (1) team science, (2) biomedical engineering, (3) cancer cell biology, and (4) cancer disease-specific research related to brain tumors, prostate cancer, or gastrointestinal cancers.

Winship investigators who received funding in the current Winship Invest$ grant cycle are:

  1. Improve Cancer Immunotherapy by Modulating PD-1-PD-L1 Catch Bonds

    Cheng Zhu, PhD
    Associate Professor, Wallace H. Coulter Department of Biomedical Engineering
    Georgia Tech and Emory University

  2. Targeting Integrin Alpha-3 for Glioblastoma Therapy

    Erwin Van Meir, PhD
    Professor, Departments of Neurosurgery and Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Emory University School of Medicine

  3. Computational Analysis of Cell Migration Dynamics with Lattice Light Sheet Microscopy

    Jun Kong, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Biomedical Informatics
    Emory University School of Medicine

    Adam Marcus, PhD
    Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Emory University School of Medicine

  4. Targeting the Tumor Immune Microenvironment to Enhance Immunotherapy in Rb-silenced Pancreatic Cancer

    Brian Olson, PhD
    Instructor, Departments of Hematology and Medical Oncology, Urology, and Surgery
    Emory University School of Medicine

  5. A Novel Imaging Framework for Cardio-Pulmonary Toxicity Evaluation in Thoracic Radiotherapy

    Richard Castillo, PhD, DABR
    Assistant Professor, Department of Radiation Oncology
    Emory University School of Medicine

    Krystal Archer-Arroyo, MD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Division of Emergency and Trauma Imaging
    Emory University School of Medicine

  6. Comprehensive Characterization of Lung Cancer Metastasis to Distant Organs in a Genetically Defined Mouse Model

    Wei Zhou, PhD
    Associate Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Emory University School of Medicine

    Melissa Gilbert-Ross, PhD
    Assistant Professor, Department of Hematology and Medical Oncology
    Emory University School of Medicine

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