2016 Grants - Breast Cancer Alliance

2016 Grants

Breast Cancer Alliance is proud to have awarded the following grants for 2016:





Jean Zhao, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, “Targeting T-DM1 resistance in HER2-positive brain metastases” The Black Family Grant

Judy Lieberman, MD, PhD, Boston Children’s Hospital, “Aptamer-siRNA gene knockdown to treat basal-like triple negative breast cancer”

Jonathan Chernoff, MD, PhD, Fox Chase Cancer Center, “Dissecting a Breast Cancer Amplicon Using CRISPR/Cas”

Rinath Jeselsohn, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, “The development of Liquid Biopsies for the study of ESR1 mutations”

Michael Forgac, PhD, and Charlotte Kuperwasswer, PhD, Tufts University, “Function of V-ATPases in Breast Tumor Metastasis”



Nikhil Wagle, MD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, “Identifying mechanisms of response and resistance to selective estrogen receptor degraders (SERDs) in ER+ metastatic breast cancer” The Walsh Family Grant 

Shadmehr Demehri, MD, PhD, Massachusetts General Hospital, “Mechanism of Tumor Immunity against Early Stages of Breast Carcinogenesis” Supported by the Masin Family

George Plitas, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, “Preferential expression of the chemokine receptor 8 (CCR8) on regulatory T cells (Treg) infiltrating human breast cancers represents a novel immunotherapeutic target” The Waterman Family Grant

Manti Guha, PhD, University of Pennsylvania, “Reduced mitochondrial DNA copy number is a determinant of breast cancer metastasis”


BREAST SURGERY FELLOWSHIPS (to begin July 1, 2016)

Megan E. Miller, MD, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, Debbie Taylor Breast Surgery Fellowship

Maria Ji Kyung Ham Kowzun, MD, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

Julian Berrocal, MD, Yale University, supported by the Mitchell Family



Gilda’s Club, White Plains, NY

Greenwich Hospital, Greenwich, CT, Vineyard Vines, Nancy S. Murray Memorial Grant

Griffin Hospital, Derby, CT

Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT

Hospital of Central Connecticut, New Britain, CT

Norma F. Pfriem Breast Care Center, Bridgeport, CT

Norwalk Hospital, Whittingham Cancer Center, Norwalk, CT

Open Door Family Medical Center, Port Chester, NY

Stamford Hospital, Stamford, CT

White Plains Hospital, White Plains, NY

Witness Project of Connecticut, Bridgeport, NY

Yale-New Haven Hospital, New Haven, CT