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2014 Professional Development Awards

We recently awarded 1 pilot project, 3 innovation seed funding projects as part of our 2014-2015 Professional Development Awards Program. Each pilot receives up to $140,000 over two years ($70,000/year); the seed funding recipients each receive $20,000 for a one year project. We also funded 2 mini-sabbatical awards, 1 facility service fee awards, and 2 expert mentor awards.

Pilot Project

MDM2 Oncogenic Functions Promoting Metastasis and Circulating Tumor Cells
Lead PI: Jill Bargonetti, Biology Department

Seed Funding

Multifunctional Molecules and Nanoparticles for Head and Neck Cancer Applications
Lead PI: C Michael Drain, Chemistry Department

Cancer and Alzheimer, p53 and tau: is Pin 1 the moderator?
Lead PI: Frida Kleiman, Chemistry Department    

PVT1 and racial disparity in aggressive prostate cancer
Lead PI: Olorunseun Ogunwobi, Biology Department 

     

Mini-Sabbatical Awards were given to Drs. Hyungsik Lim (Physics Department) and Mariann Weierich (Psychology Department). The Mini-Sabbatical Awards allow Drs. Lim and Weierich the opportunity to travel outside of Hunter College to learn and/or to refine new and highly competitive research methodologies to apply to current and future research. Dr. Weierich also received a Facility Service Fee Award. With this support, she will be able to used the Citigroup Biomedical Imaging Center at Weill Cornell Medical College to continue her neuroimaging research in stress-related disorders.

Dr. Ogunwobi and Dr. Peter Serrano (Psychology Department) each received Expert Mentor Awards. Dr. Ogunwobi’s will work with his mentor Dr. Jong Y Park, Moffitt Cancer Center, University of South Florida, and Dr. will continue to work with his mentor Dr. P. David Mozley, Weill Cornell Medical College & New York Presbyterian Hospital.