By Hazel Scott
Five rising junior investigators were awarded a total of $1.32 million from Alabama State University’s Cancer Biology Research and Training (CBRT) program to build cancer research capacity at ASU.
“CBRT is now supporting rising junior investigators to build and expand the capacity in cancer research at ASU,” said Dr. Manoj K. Mishra, director of CBRT and Freshman Biology Program. “It will involve and support undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral students. This grant also allows intra and inter-institutional collaborations.”
The awards, Mishra noted, were made possible due to a $2,631,400 grant from the American Cancer Society to CBRT. One focus of the grant is to provide pilot projects and clinical scientists development grants to junior faculty interested in cancer research at ASU.
“It is a moment for me to see that the CBRT is in a position to support future cancer researchers that will ultimately increase the cancer research workforce at our campus,” said Mishra, principal investigator and professor of biology.
The five faculty junior investigators, who are working on different cancer research projects now, are:
--MA Rahman, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Research in prostate cancer
--Ting Li, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biology, Department of Biological Sciences, Research in virus targeting cancer cells
--Maurice... Robinson, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of History, Department of History, Research in social determinants of health, socio-economic status and their impact on lung cancer
--Nivedita Priyadarshni, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Cancer Biology Research and Training program, Research in prostate cancer
--Ritis Shyanti, Ph.D., Research Scientist, Cancer Biology Research and Training program, Research in breast cancer