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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.


  • 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:


Irina BalyasnikovaMatt LesniakKatarzyna Pituch

Irina Balyasnikova, PhD
Neurological Surgery

Maciej (Matt) Lesniak, MD
Neurological Surgery and Neurology

Katarzyna Pituch, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow


David GiusCesar Santa-MariaYueming Zhu

David Gius, MD, PhD
Radiation Oncology, Pharmacology

Cesar Santa-Maria, MD

Yueming Zhu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Samuel StuppSeema KhanKohei Sato

Samuel Stupp, PhD

Seema Khan, MD
Breast Surgery

Kohei Sato, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Dai HoriuchiRatika Kunder

Dai Horiuchi, PhD

Ratika Kunder, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow


Marcus PeterNisha MohindraAndrea Murmann

Marcus Peter, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Nisha Mohindra, MD

Andrea Murmann, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow


Ali ShilatifardJane WinterDeqing Hu

Ali Shilatifard, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Jane Winter, MD

Deqing Hu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Jaehyuk ChoiBarbara ProJoonhee Park

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

Barbara Pro, MD

Joonhee Park, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow


Kathleen GreenSunandana ChandraChristopher Arnette

Kathleen Green, PhD
Pathology and Dermatology

Sunandana Chandra, MD/MS

Christopher Arnette, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

Myelodysplastic Syndromes

Peng JiOlga FrankfurtAnaadriana Zakarijia, MDMei Yang

Peng Ji, MD, PhD

Olga Frankfurt, MD

Anaadriana Zakarijia, MD

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

Diana Saleiro, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow


Vadim BackmanShohreh ShahabiGreta Bauer

Vadim Backman, PhD
Biomedical Engineering

Shohreh Shahabi, MD
Gynecologic Oncology

Greta Bauer
Predoctoral Fellow


Teresa WoodruffJessica K AltmanHideyuki Iwahata

Teresa Woodruff, PhD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Jessica K Altman, MD

Hideyuki Iwahata, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow


Milan MrksichAparna KalyanJustin Modica

Milan Mrksich, PhD
Cell & Molecular Biology

Aparna Kalyan, MBBS

Justin Modica, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow


Hidayatullah MunshiMaria MatsangouThao Pham

Hidayatullah Munshi, MD

Maria Matsangou, MBChB

Thao Pham, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

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