2021 Funding Year

Yajie Kevin LiangYajie Kevin Liang, MB, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Pilot Title: Multiplex single-cell functional analysis platform under intravital 2-photon microscopy to interrogate heterogeneity of patient-derived glioblastoma in a mouse model
Award Category: Cancer Related Project


Ahmed Sultan Ahmed Sultan, BDS, PhD
Clinical Assistant Professor
Department of Oncology and Diagnostic Sciences
University of Medicine School of Dentistry
Pilot Title: Oral complication and characterization of oral microbiome shifts in patients receiving proton therapy for head and neck cancer
Award Category: Cancer Related Project


Jitao Zhang, PhD Jitao Zhang, PhD
Assistant Research Professor
Fischell Department of Bioengineering
University of Maryland College Park
Pilot Title: Mechanical phenotype as a new biomarker for early detection of metastatic cancer cell
Award Category: Cancer Related Project


2020 Funding Year

Rachel Abbotts, MBChB, PhDRachel Abbotts, MBChB, PhD
Research Associate
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Pilot Title: Targeting DNA Repair Defects Induced by Immune
Signaling in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer
Award Category: Cancer Related Project


Saurabh DahiyaSaurabh Dahiya, MBBS
Assistant Professor
Department of Hematology and Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Pilot Title: A Pilot Study to Conduct Feasible of Point-of Care Manufacturing of Adapter CAR T Cells Using Semi-Automated Clinic MACS Prodigy System
Award Category: Cancer Related Project


Achuth Padmanabhan Achuth Padmanabhan, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Pilot Title: Impact of P53 mutation status and Estradiol in regulating Ovarian Cancer Metastasis and response to immunotherapy
Award Category: Cancer Related Project


Melissa Ana Liriano Vyfhuis, MD, PhD Melissa Ana Liriano Vyfhuis, MD, PhD
Visiting Assistant Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Pilot Title: Effects of Food Deserts on Cancer Care and Outcome
Award Category: Cancer Health Disparities


2019 Funding Year

Sally Adebamowo, MSc, ScD Sally Adebamowo, MSc, ScD
Assistant Professor
Department of Epidemiology & Public Health
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Pilot Title: Development of a multi-omics classifier for high risk HPV triage
Award Category: Cancer Related Projects


Darren Perkins, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Microbiology and Immunology
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Pilot Title: PGE2 Inhibition of STING in Cancer
Award Category: Cancer Related Project


Greg Szeto, PhD Greg Szeto, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Chemical, Biochemical, and Environmental Engineering
University of Maryland Baltimore County
Pilot Project: Engineering inhibition of Yap to enhance cancer immunotherapy
Award Category: Cancer Related Project


Cher Dallal, PhD, MS, MPH Cher Dallal, PhD, MS, MPH
Associate Professor
Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics
University of Maryland School of Public Health
Pilot Project: Obesity phenotypes, metabolic heath, and breast cancer racial disparities
Award Category: Cancer Health Disparities

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