UF Health Cancer Center Awards American Cancer Society Pilot Grants


The University of Florida Health Cancer Center has awarded the 2023 American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant Pilot Projects, as part of its efforts to support early-stage investigators in cancer-related research studies. These projects, which are supported by Grant #21-139-01-IRG from the American Cancer Society, aim to address one of six research priorities: etiology, obesity/healthy eating and active living, screening and diagnosis, treatment, survivorship, and health equity across the cancer continuum.

Clockwise from top left: Michalina Janiszewska, Ph.D., Megan Stanifer, Ph.D., John Ligon, M.D., William Donelan, Ph.D., and Hyung-Suk “Alen” Yoon, Ph.D.

The center has selected five researchers to receive the grants: Michalina Janiszewska, Ph.D., Megan Stanifer, Ph.D., John Ligon, M.D., Hyung-Suk Yoon, Ph.D., and William Donelan, Ph.D.

William Donelan, Ph.D., a research assistant scientist in the department of urology in the UF College of Medicine, was awarded a grant for his project, titled “Novel antibody-drug conjugates for the treatment of bladder cancer.” This project seeks to develop a new class of antibody-drug conjugates that can selectively target and kill bladder cancer cells, while sparing healthy tissues.

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