2016 Liz and Eric Lefkofsky
Innovation Research Award Recipients
The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University is pleased to announce the four recipients of the 2016 Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Innovation Research Awards. Funded by a generous donation from Liz and Eric Lefkofsky, the awards were established to provide Lurie Cancer Center investigators with the resources to conduct highly innovative cancer-relevant pilot studies that can serve as foundations for larger, nationally funded studies.
Based on the outstanding progress made during their initial year of funding, two awardees from 2015 received funding to continue their projects for a second year. Two additional investigators received 2016 Innovation Research Awards that will support new pilot projects.
The new Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Scholars are:
Vadim Backman, PhD
Chromatin protection therapy: A new paradigm to combat cancer chemoresistance
Ali Shilatifard, PhD
Transcription elongation control in cancer therapeutics
2015 Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Scholars whose award was renewed for 2016 are:
Laura Lackner, PhD
Identifying new ways to inhibit mitochondrial division, a process essential for cancer cell proliferation and metastasis
Athanasios Vasilopoulos, PhD
Acetylation of KRAS lysine 147 is a novel oncogenic post-translational modification directed by SIRT2
Read more about the Liz and Eric Lefkofsky Innovation Research Awards
(Last updated on November 4, 2015 )