New York, NY (July 10, 2012) The Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on supporting innovative early career researchers, named 21 new Damon Runyon Fellows at its spring 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 for basic scientists, $186,000 each for physician-scientists) to work on innovative projects.
May 2012 Damon Runyon Fellows:
Gira Bhabha, PhD, with her sponsor Ronald D. Vale, PhD, at the University of California, San Francisco, California, is using electron and light microscopy techniques to study the structure and atomic motions of dynein, a molecular motor protein that "walks" along "tracks" in the cell called microtubules. Dynein's crucial role in cellular cargo transport as well as in cell division makes it an important molecule to potentially target for cancer treatment.
Alistair N. Boettiger, PhD, with his sponsor Xiaowei Zhuang, PhD, at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts, aims to understand the molecular mechanisms of gene silencing through the application of novel super-resolution microscopy techniques. Gene silencing is an important process whereby genes that are not needed in certain tissues are turned off. Loss of silencing can lead to the expression of genes that promote cell proliferation and migration, leading to cancer. The ability to restore and maintain natural patterns of gene silencing may successfully block cancer.
Christopher J. Bohlen, PhD, with his sponsor Ben A. Barres, MD, PhD, at Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, California, is studying how cells of the ner
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