Grant: $82,532 - National Institutes of Health - Aug. 7, 2009
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Award Description: This administrative supplement supports an additional predoctoral position on an existing Institutional Training grant in Cellular, Biochemical, and Molecular Sciences, T32GM065094, that was awarded to the Watson School of Biological Sciences at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL). The training program requested, and the study section approved, six positions during the recent competing renewal in 2007. However, only five positions were awarded due to Federal budgetary constraints at that time. The notice of grant award indicated, however, that the additional position might be accommodated in FY 2009, subject to the availability of funds. The CSHL institutional predoctoral training program is uniquely designed to recruit outstanding students that are capable of completing their graduate work within four years from matriculation. In order to achieve this goal, students are encouraged to focus their attention exclusively on science, research and their education and be associated with consistent sources of funding for the majority of their graduate work. Rotating sources of support in such a unique and intense research training environment is not conducive to the research training of the individual students involved. Securing an additional NRSA position as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, even if limited to two years, will have a significant impact on the number of graduate students we will recruit, train and retain in order to address the nation?s biomedical research needs.
Project Description: Funds from this supplement are being used to support a Watson School of Biological Sciences Graduate Student, Saya Ebbesen. Saya is pursuing her thesis research in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Lowe. Her project is entitled 'In vivo identification and characterization of novel tumor suppressors relevant to human breast cancer'. The inactivation of tumor suppressor networks plays an essential role in tumorigenesis as these proteins often function to antagonize pro-oncogenic signaling. For this reason, they can guide us towards tumor promoting pathways that can be targeted for therapeutic intervention. Using a utilize a novel model of breast tumorogenesis, her work aims at identifying new provide for better diagnosis and therapeutic strategies for breast cancer, the second leading cancer death among American women.
Jobs Summary: The receipt of these funds has been crucial for getting Saya appointed to the School's training grant. In addition, the funding gives the School the flexibility to bring in an additional student, who might otherwise not be able to pursue graduate studies. (Total jobs reported: 1)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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