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Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation awards prestigious fellowships to 14 top young investigators
Date:6/19/2008

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  • Michael J. Emanuele, PhD, with his sponsor Stephen J. Elledge, PhD, at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, is working to identify the molecules involved in repairing damage to genetic material. Since defects in DNA repair processes cause cancer, these studies will further elucidate the underlying causes of cancer initiation.

  • Sunny D. Gilbert, PhD, with her sponsor James C. Carrington, PhD, at the Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon, is using a model of small RNA biogenesis in plants to study the basic mechanisms governing the process of RNA silencing, which is conserved in different organisms. As this process is differentially regulated in several types of cancer, this work will be lead to insights in the understanding of cancer biology.

  • Christopher A. Johnston, PharmD, PhD, with his sponsors Kenneth E. Prehoda, PhD, and Chris Q. Doe, PhD, at the University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon, is investigating the molecular mechanism of mitotic spindle orientation during asymmetric cell division of model progenitor stem cells. Failure in this process can lead to aberrant cell division and subsequent tumor development.

  • Adam G. Matthews, PhD, with his sponsor Stephen P. Bell, PhD, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, is investigating how human DNA replication is regulated to ensure faithful duplication of the genome, maintain genome stability, and prevent the development of cancer.

  • Akinyemi I. Ojesina, MBBS, PhD, with his sponsor Matthew Meyerson, MD, PhD, at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, Massachusetts, seeks to discover infectious microorganisms and characterize genetic changes associated with lymphomas and other AIDS-related cancers. These findings have the potential to facilitate the diagnosis, treatment and vaccine prevention of many cancers.

  • Carolyn M. Phillips, PhD, with her sponsor Gary Ruvkun, PhD, at the Massachusetts
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  • Contact: Yung S. Lie, Ph.D.
    yung.lie@damonrunyon.org
    212-455-0520
    Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation
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