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Research We Fund: Extramural Discovery Science

Cell Biology and Preclinical Cancer Research

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Senior Scientific Director: 
Lynne Elmore, PhD

Research Program Manager
Lynne Elmore, PhD

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This program accepts grant applications that focus on:

  • Fundamental controls that dictate cancer cell development and regulation of cell growth, division, migration, and fate
  • Investigations of oncogenic viruses, microbial pathogens, or the microbiome, and their involvement with cellular processes and pathways within cancer cells and between cancer cells and normal cells
  • Mechanisms driving cancer progression (including initiation, invasion, angiogenesis, metastasis, and treatment resistance) and therapy-associated morbidities
  • Cancer biomarker discovery and development
  • Discovery, synthesis and delivery of cancer drugs and biologics

Glossary for Nonscientists

Featured Term:
Biomarker/Molecular marker/Signature molecule

A measurable molecular, genetic, chemical, or physical characteristic in the blood or other bodily fluids, such as sweat and tears, that is a sign of a normal or abnormal process or of a health condition or disease. A biomarker may be used to see how well the body responds to a treatment for a disease.