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Translational Bridge

Established to foster the translation of basic science research into clinical advancements, the Translational Bridge Program's awards provide funds for Lurie Cancer Center investigators to support postdoctoral fellows in their laboratories for one year.

Under the co-mentorship of these investigators and a partnering clinician, bridge fellows will design and execute a translational project targeting a specific cancer type. The ultimate goal of the fellow's work is to propel laboratory research into investigator-initiated clinical trials.

Eligibility:

  • The proposal must demonstrate a research plan based on collaboration between a basic scientist and a clinical investigator. At least one investigator should be a member of the Lurie Cancer Center.
  • The proposal should have a clear plan for translation into clinical products (clinical trial or assay) in the short term.
  • The research project should have the potential to impact treatment of cancers represented in the Lurie Cancer Center's catchment area.

Applications are limited to two pages including scientific rationale, hypothesis, specific aims, experimental approach, innovation, impact, milestones and plans for collaboration. Investigators funded though this mechanism are required to present research findings at the Annual Translational Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center Symposium and submit a progress report at the end of the funding period.

Applications accompanied by biosketches of both investigators should be submitted to Benette Phillips, PhD.

Please direct any questions to Jindan Yu, MD, PhD or Daniela Matei, MD, PhD.

The awardees, their laboratory and clinical mentors, and the focal point of their research project are:

Brain

Irina BalyasnikovaMatt LesniakKatarzyna Pituch

Irina Balyasnikova, PhD
Neurological Surgery

Maciej (Matt) Lesniak, MD
Neurological Surgery and Neurology

Katarzyna Pituch, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Breast 

David GiusCesar Santa-MariaYueming Zhu

David Gius, MD, PhD
Radiation Oncology, Pharmacology

Cesar Santa-Maria, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Yueming Zhu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Samuel StuppSeema KhanKohei Sato

Samuel Stupp, PhD
Endocrinology

Seema Khan, MD
Breast Surgery

Kohei Sato, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dai HoriuchiRatika Kunder

Dai Horiuchi, PhD
Pharmacology

Ratika Kunder, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Lung

Marcus PeterNisha MohindraAndrea Murmann

Marcus Peter, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Nisha Mohindra, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Andrea Murmann, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Lymphoma

Ali ShilatifardJane WinterDeqing Hu

Ali Shilatifard, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Jane Winter, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Deqing Hu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Jaehyuk ChoiBarbara ProJoonhee Park

Jaehyuk Choi, MD, PhD
Dermatology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Barbara Pro, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Joonhee Park, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Melanoma

Kathleen GreenSunandana ChandraChristopher Arnette

Kathleen Green, PhD
Pathology and Dermatology

Sunandana Chandra, MD/MS
Hematology/Oncology

Christopher Arnette, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Peng JiOlga FrankfurtAnaadriana Zakarijia, MDMei Yang

Peng Ji, MD, PhD
Pathology

Olga Frankfurt, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Anaadriana Zakarijia, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Yang Mei, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Myeloproliferative Neoplasms (MPN)

Leonidas PlataniasBrady SteinDiana Saleiro

Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD
Hematology/Oncology, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Brady Stein, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Diana Saleiro, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Ovarian

Vadim BackmanShohreh ShahabiGreta Bauer

Vadim Backman, PhD
Biomedical Engineering

Shohreh Shahabi, MD
Gynecologic Oncology

Greta Bauer
Predoctoral Fellow

Oncofertility

Teresa WoodruffJessica K AltmanHideyuki Iwahata

Teresa Woodruff, PhD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Jessica K Altman, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Hideyuki Iwahata, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Pancreatic

Milan MrksichAparna KalyanJustin Modica

Milan Mrksich, PhD
Cell & Molecular Biology

Aparna Kalyan, MBBS
Hematology/Oncology

Justin Modica, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Thyroid

Hidayatullah MunshiMaria MatsangouThao Pham

Hidayatullah Munshi, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Maria Matsangou, MBChB
Hematology/Oncology

Thao Pham, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

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