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Translational Bridge Awards

Established to foster the translation of basic science research into clinical advancements, the Translational Bridge Program's provides funds for Lurie Cancer Center investigators to support a Postdoctoral Fellow 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' work is to propel laboratory research into investigator-initiated clinical trials.

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

Irina V Balyasnikova, PhDMaciej (Matt) S Lesniak, MD Katarzyna Pituch, PhD BRAIN

Irina Balyasnikova, PhD
Neurological Surgery

Maciej (Matt) Lesniak, MD
Neurological Surgery and Neurology

Katarzyna Pituch, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

David  Gius, MD, PhDCesar  Santa-Maria, MDYueming Zhu, PhD BREAST CANCER

David Gius, MD, PhD
Radiation Oncology, Pharmacology

Cesar Santa-Maria, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Yueming Zhu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Samuel Stupp, PhDSeema Khan, MD Kohei Sato, PhD< BREAST

Samuel Stupp, PhD
Endocrinology

Seema Khan, MD
Breast Surgery

Kohei Sato, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Dai Horiuchi, PhDCesar A Santa-Maria, MDRatika Kunder, PhD BREAST

Dai Horiuchi, PhD
Pharmacology

Cesar A Santa-Maria, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Ratika Kunder, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Marcus Ernst Peter, PhDNisha Mohindra, MD Andrea Murmann, PhD LUNG

Marcus Peter, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Nisha Mohindra, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Andrea Murmann, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Ali  Shilatifard, PhDJane  Winter, MDDeqing Hu, PhD LYMPHOMA

Ali Shilatifard, PhD
Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Jane Winter, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Deqing Hu, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Jaehyuk Choi, MD, PhDBarbara Pro, MDJoonhee Park, PhD LYMPHOMA

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

Barbara Pro, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Joonhee Park, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Kathleen Green, PhDSunandana Chandra, MD/MS Christopher Arnette, PhD MELANOMA

Kathleen Green, PhD
Pathology and Dermatology

Sunandana Chandra, MD/MS
Hematology/Oncology

Christopher Arnette, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhDBrady Stein, MDDiana Saleiro, PhD MPN

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

Brady Stein, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Diana Saleiro, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Vadim  Backman, PhDShohreh  Shahabi, MDGreta Bauer OVARIAN CANCER

Vadim Backman, PhD
Biomedical Engineering

Shohreh Shahabi, MD
Gynecologic Oncology

Greta Bauer
Predoctoral Fellow

 

Teresa Woodruff, PhDJessica K Altman, MD Hideyuki Iwahata, PhD ONCOFERTILITY

Teresa Woodruff, PhD
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Jessica K Altman, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Hideyuki Iwahata, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Milan Mrksich, PhDAparna Kalyan, MDJustin Modica, PhD PANCREATIC

Milan Mrksich, PhD
Cell & Molecular Biology

Aparna Kalyan, MBBS
Hematology/Oncology

Justin Modica, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

Hidayatullah Munshi, MDMaria Matsangou, MBChB Thao Pham THYROID

Hidayatullah Munshi, MD
Hematology/Oncology

Maria Matsangou, MBChB
Hematology/Oncology

Thao Pham, PhD
Postdoctoral Fellow

 

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