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Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards prestigious fellowships to 12 top young scientists
Date:1/5/2011

The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting innovative early career researchers, named 12 new Damon Runyon Fellows at its fall Fellowship Award Committee review. The recipients of this prestigious, three-year award are outstanding postdoctoral scientists conducting basic and translational cancer research in the laboratories of leading senior investigators across the country. The Fellowship encourages the nation's most promising young scientists to pursue careers in cancer research by providing them with independent funding ($156,000 each) to work on innovative projects.

November 2010 Damon Runyon Fellows:

Maria Genander, PhD [Dale F. and Betty Ann Frey Fellow] with her sponsor Elaine V. Fuchs, PhD, at The Rockefeller University, New York, New York, is studying how hair follicle stem cell quiescence, or dormancy, is maintained. She aims to identify genes that are turned on or off in response to bone morphogenetic proteins (BMPs). This will provide insights into how BMP receptor mutations lead to development of skin cancer.

Charles K. Kaufman, MD, PhD, with his sponsor Leonard I. Zon, MD, at Children's Hospital Boston, Boston, Massachusetts, aims to disrupt the ability of specific cancer-causing genes (oncogenes) to drive cancer formation and progression by altering the cell's identity. He will focus on melanocytes, pigment-producing cells that when disrupted give rise to melanoma. These studies may have implications for prevention and treatment of melanoma.

Yumi Kim, PhD [HHMI Fellow] with her sponsor Abby F. Dernburg, PhD, at the University of California, Berkeley, California, is investigating how sexually reproducing organisms faithfully transmit their genetic information from parent to progeny through a specialized cell division called meiosis. Understanding the mechanisms that ensure accurate chromosome segregation during a cell division is imperative to designing effect
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Contact: Yung S. Lie, Ph.D.
yung.lie@damonrunyon.org
212-455-0521
Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
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