ACS Young Investigator Awards

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Tushar Deb, PhD – Mechanism of Pnck–Induced Tumorigenesis in HER–2 Amplified Human Breast Cancer

Suzanne O’Neill, PhD – Breast Cancer Patients’Experience with Risk for Recurrence Testing

Rebecca Riggins, PhD – Exposure to the Endocrine Disruptor Bisphenol A Induces Tamoxifen Resistance in ER+ Breast Cancer Through Transcriptional Activation of Estrogen Related Receptor Gamma

Tapas Saha, PhD – Role of Chaperone-Mediated Autophagy in Breast Cancer


John Deeken, MD - A Pre-Clinical In Vivo Study of Drug Interactions Via the ABCG2 Transporter Between Chemotherapy Agents and Drugs used to Treat HIV

Jeanine Genkinger, PhD, MHS - Colorectal Cancer Survivorship: Obesity, Diet and Insulin Resistance

Michael Pishvaian, MD, PhD - Targeting Hepatocellular Cancer Through the Inhibition of CDK4

Elena Tassi, PhD - Signficance of FGF Binding Protein 3 (FGF-BP3) for Human Cancers


Luciane Cavalli, PhD – Role of BP1Homeobox Gene Amplification in Breast Cancer Tumor Suppressor Gene (Abstract)

Sean Collins, MD, PhD – AMP-Activated Protein Kinase as a Molecular Regulator of Prostate Cancer Radiation Resistance (Abstract)

Kristi Graves, PhD – Special Interest Award in the area of “Cancer in the Poor or Underserved": Investigating Racial Disparities in BRCA1/2 Counseling and Testing (Abstract)

Yun-Ling Zheng, PhD – Genetic Susceptibility to Breast Cancer (Abstract)


Insoo Bae, PhD – Role of CRIF1 in Oxidative Stress (Abstract)

Kimberly Davis, PhD – Prostate Cancer Symptom Monitoring Study (Abstract)

Joanna Kitlinska, PhD – Neuropeptide Y and its Receptors as New Targets in Neuroblastoma Therapy (Abstract)

Samuel Waller, MD'08 – Medical Professional Student Stipend: Small-Molecule Inhibitors of Cyclin-Dependent Kinases (Abstract)

Chenguang Wang, PhD – Cyclin D1 Regulation of Mitochondrial Metabolism of Cancer Cells through NRF-1(Abstract)


Janie Heath, PhD, APRN-BC – Carcinogen exposure and risk reduction among smokers randomized to a tobacco potentially reduced-exposure product (PREP) or medicinal nicotine: a feasibility study

Jessica Jones, PhD – Dissecting the functional and physical interaction between the RAG1 V(D)J recombinase and ubiquitin conjugating enzymes

Steven Metallo, PhD – Understanding and exploiting macromolecular crowding

Thuong-Thuong T. Nguyen, MD'07 – Medical Professional Student Stipend: Role of Laminin-5 Signaling in Formation of Invadopodia and Cell Invasion

Judy N. Quong, PhD – Systems biology approach to studying ER pathways in breast cancer

Earlier Years

Research projects pursued by awardees include: Functional relationship between BRCA1 and ERB in mammary gland; Role and the mechanisms of epithin/matriptase, a type II transmembrane serine protease, in mammary gland development and in breast cancer progression; Clinic-based intervention to promote colorectal cancer screening; Building the foundation for the Lombardi late effects clinic for pediatric cancer survivors; Tamoxifen as chemoprevention in breast cancer patients with BRCA1 mutations: a survey of physician attitudes and predictors of recommendations; Structure determination of Bcl-XL/inhibitor complex for a novel anticancer drug development; Akt inhibits c-Myc-induced apoptosis in mouse mammary epithelial cells: a mechanistic investigation; Signal transduction through the pleiotrophin receptor; Health-promoting and health-compromising behavior among pediatric cancer survivors and their family members: implications for intervention.