Grant Highlights

Grant Highlights

The Wistar Institute

The Wistar Institute Cancer Center is the recipient of a $100,000 Institutional Research Grant from the American Cancer Society. With these funds, Wistar can offer staff and junior faculty who currently have no national peer-reviewed research grants support in the form of $20,000 over a three-year period as seed funding for pilot projects. The intent is to help those in the early stages of their careers initiate cancer research projects so they can obtain preliminary results that will enable them to compete successfully for national research grants.

Maureen Murphy, Ph.D.

Murphy, a professor and leader of Wistar’s Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program, received a three-year $584,000 grant from the National Cancer Institute to study the biology of the ARF tumor suppressor. While many researchers work on the pathway whereby ARF activates p53, a well-known gene that is often mutated in cancer, the Murphy lab works on the pathway whereby ARF induces autophagy (literally, “self-eating”), a key cell survival pathway that is often commandeered by tumor cells. Murphy’s lab will try to better understand how ARF induces autophagy, and whether mutations of ARF in cancer affect this process.

Private Grants

American Cancer Society
Dario Altieri, M.D.
Institutional Research Grant
Three years, $120,000

University of Pennsylvania TAPITMAT
Scott Hensley, Ph.D.
Human influenza vaccine
One year, $89,965

Boehringer Ingelheim
Meenhard Herlyn, D.V.M., D.Sc.
Melanoma research
One year, $93,000

Melanoma Research Fund
Meenhard Herlyn, D.V.M., D.Sc.
Melanoma research
One year, $125,000

Rogers Charitable Trust
Hui Hu, Ph.D.
Ovarian cancer
One year, $24,500

W.W. Smith Charitable Trust
Qihong Huang, M.D., Ph.D.
Cancer molecular biology
One year, $98,000

Seamon Corporation
Luis Montaner, D.V.M., D.Phil
Scholarships for 8th International Macrophage Conference
One year, $20,000

Ferris Charitable Foundation
Ramin Sheikhattar, Ph.D.
Breast cancer
One year, $25,000

BioTime, Inc.
Louise Showe, Ph.D
Sponsored research agreement
Two years, $200,000

Federal Grants

National Cancer Institute
Lisa Chang, Ph.D., Puré lab
Breast cancer
One year, $48,000

National Cancer Institute
Maureen Murphy, Ph.D.
Analysis of p53 variants
Three years, $584,000

National Cancer Institute
Frank Rauscher, Ph.D.
Five years, $1,000,000

National Institute of Allergy
and Infectious Disease
Italo Tempera, Ph.D., Lieberman lab
Epstein Barr virus
One year, $100,000