Funded Researchers

Current researchers

Below are the researchers that received a grant from the Leukemia Research Foundation for the 2021 - 2022 funding cycle. To download a PDF with the lay abstract for each research grant recipient, click here.

Emanuele Azzoni, PhD University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy)

Emanuele Azzoni, PhD

University of Milan-Bicocca (Italy)

Generating a New Model of Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia to Study its Cellular Origins and to Identify Therapeutic Vulnerabilities
(Leukemia - JMML)

George Burslem, PhD University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania)

George Burslem, PhD

University of Pennsylvania (Pennsylvania)

Protein Degradation Induced Epigenetic Reprograming as a Therapeutic Strategy for MLL-r Leukemias
(Leukemia - ALL, AML, MLL-r)

Matt Christopher, MD, PhD Washington University (Missouri)

Matt Christopher, MD, PhD

Washington University (Missouri)

Resensitizing Relapsed AML Cells to the Graft-versus-Leukemia Effect after Allogeneic Hematologic Stem Cell Transplantation (HCT)
(Leukemia - AML)

Leslie Crews, PhD University of California, San Diego (California)

Leslie Crews, PhD

University of California, San Diego (California)

The Role of Inflammation-Responsive R-spondin Receptor Activation in Multiple Myeloma Stem Cell Generation
(Multiple Myeloma)

Ernesto Diaz-Flores, PhD University of California, San Francisco (California)

Ernesto Diaz-Flores, PhD

University of California, San Francisco (California)

Validating Targeted Therapies with Curative Potential against High-Risk Childhood Leukemia
(Leukemia - B-ALL)

Cihangir Duy, MS, PhD The Research Institute of Fox Chase Cancer Center (Pennsylvania)

Cihangir Duy, MS, PhD

The Research Institute of Fox Chase Cancer Center (Pennsylvania)

Targeting LSD1 in Senescence-like Resilient AML Cells
(Leukemia - AML)

Ann-Kathrin Eisfeld, MD The Ohio State University (Ohio)

Ann-Kathrin Eisfeld, MD

The Ohio State University (Ohio)

Understanding Poor Survival and Treatment Resistance in Young Black NPM1-mutated Patients with Acute Myeloid Leukemia
(Leukemia - AML)

Pietro Genovese, PhD Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Massachusetts)

Pietro Genovese, PhD

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Massachusetts)

Generation of “Stealth” Tyrosine Kinase Receptors for an Immunotherapy Resistant Hematopoiesis
(Leukemia - AML)

Md Kamrul Hasan, PhD University of California, San Diego (California)

Md Kamrul Hasan, PhD

University of California, San Diego (California)

Investigating the Role of DOCK2 in Cells Expansion, Drug Resistance and Pathogenesis of Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia
(Leukemia - CLL)

Sangmoo Jeong, PhD Johns Hopkins University (Maryland)

Sangmoo Jeong, PhD

Johns Hopkins University (Maryland)

Identify Metabolic Vulnerabilities in Leukemic Stem Cells 
(Leukemia - AML)

Huacheng Luo, PhD Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (Pennsylvania)

Huacheng Luo, PhD

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine (Pennsylvania)

The N6-Methyladenosine of HOTTIP lncRNA Coordinates with CTCF Mediated TAD Boundary in AML Leukemogenesis
(Leukemia - MLL-r, AML)

Mithun Shah, MD, PhD Mayo Clinic (Minnesota)

Mithun Shah, MD, PhD

Mayo Clinic (Minnesota)

Predicting and Preventing Therapy-related Myeloid Neoplasm in Multiple Myeloma Patients Undergoing Stem Cell Transplantation
(Leukemia, Myelodysplastic Syndromes, Multiple Myeloma)

Alexander Valvezan, PhD Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Jersey)

Alexander Valvezan, PhD

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (New Jersey)

Repurposing IMPDH inhibitors for Selective Targeting of PTEN-deficient T-ALL Cells
(Leukemia - T-ALL)

Zhiquan Wang, PhD, Mayo Clinic (Minnesota)

Zhiquan Wang, PhD

Mayo Clinic (Minnesota)

Exploring an NFATc1-Dependent Epigenetic Program as a Determinant of BTK inhibitor Treatment in B-Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia and other B-cell Malignancies, including Non-Hodgkin Lymphomas
(Leukemia - CLL, Lymphoma - NHL)

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