The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research announced today the recipients of its inaugural post-doctoral fellowships. In line with its mission of funding groundbreaking cancer research, MFCR has partnered with several non-profit organizations to support the work of post-doctoral researchers who are carrying out projects with the potential to deepen our understanding of cancer biology and to accelerate cures from the bench to the patient.
The Mark Foundation is funding two post-doctoral fellows through a partnership with Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation. Dr. J. Brooks Crickard works in the laboratory of Dr. Eric Greene at Columbia University and is using advanced microscope techniques to visualize how damaged DNA is repaired. Dr. Jinglin Lucy Xie, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Jarosz at Stanford University, is investigating how misfolded proteins may contribute to chemotherapy failure.
The Mark Foundation has awarded a third post-doctoral fellowship in partnership with the Life Sciences Research Foundation. Dr. Yang Hai, who works in the laboratory of Dr. Yi Tang at University of California, Los Angeles, is deconstructing the process by which certain fungi produce natural products that could be useful for discovering new cancer drugs.