NEWS | September 6, 2016

UC Davis K12 scholars funded for cancer research

(SACRAMENTO, Calif.)

The National Cancer Institute has again funded the K12 Paul Calabresi Clinical Oncology Training Grant to promote and sustain the development of young cancer scientists from diverse fields and from laboratories and clinics across both UC Davis campuses.

The K12 grant provides junior faculty protected time to pursue oncology research projects in addition to their other clinical or research responsibilities. The current recipients of the grant are Gustavo Barisone of the Department of Internal Medicine, Jenna Hart Burton of the School of Veterinary Medicine, Luis Carvajal-Carmona of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Medicine, Megan Daly of the Department of Radiation Oncology, Brian Jonas of the Division of Hematology and Oncology and Maija Kiuru of Department of Dermatology.

“This K12 grant provides robust support that allows our most promising young investigators to pursue highly innovative and impactful cancer research," said Primo “Lucky” Lara, acting director of the UC Davis Comprehensive Cancer Center and principal investigator for the K12 grant. "I am certain that their combined efforts will ultimately help control and eradicate cancer.”

The nearly $4 million grant covers salaries for the scholars and also provides them with supplies to assist them in their research. Each scholar will also receive training and mentorship while they are conducting their research.

The research areas of focus among the six grant recipients include non-toxic treatments for lymphoma, new drugs for bone marrow cancer, single-cell sequencing of bladder tumors, defining markers of melanoma, and examining a new approach to delivering a lymphoma drug using canine patients at the UC Davis Veterinary Medical Teaching Hospital.