Funded Research

Intramural Awards

Latest RAP Awardees

RAP Spring 2020 Cycle Awardees

  • Manish Aghi, MD, PhD
    Defining immunomodulatory tumor gene expression changes regulating breast cancer metastasis to the brain
  • Judith Ashouri-Sinha, MD
    Animal model of immune-checkpoint-inhibitor induced autoimmune arthritis
  • Rohit Bose, MD, PhD
    Modulation of response to apalutamide in prostate cancer
  • Mehdi Bouhaddou, PhD
    Leveraging Host-Pathogen Protein-Protein Networks to Elucidate Mechanisms of HIV/HPV Cooperation in Causing Cervical Cancer in African Women
  • Katja Brueckner, PhD
    BMP-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition in a dual Drosophila model
  • W. Clay Gustafson, MD
    Modeling chemo-immunotherapy in resistant neuroblastoma
  • Matthias Hebrok, PhD
    Modeling Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasm (IPMN) and derived pancreatic cancer using human embryonic stem cell-derived pancreatic duct cells
  • Jennifer E. James, MSW, MS, PhD
    Cancer Diagnosis During a Precision Breast Cancer Screening Trial
  • Yvonne Kapila, DDS, PhD
    Oral commensal bacteria and their molecules – Unlocking their potential to address oral cancer
  • Janine Lupo, PhD
    Multi-parametric MRI and Deep Learning for Precision-guided Irradiation of Glioblastomas
  • Adam Olshen, PhD
    Development of a Gene Expression Signature that Predicts Post-Induction Minimal Residual Disease in T-Cell Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia
  • Kim Rhoads, MD, MS, MPH
    Residential Histories and Embodiment: Community Engaged Approaches to Understanding Environmental Exposures
  • Davide Ruggero, PhD
    Advancing Cancer Research via High-Speed Ultracentrifugation
  • A. Hunter Shain, PhD
    The genetic evolution of cutaneous squamous cell carcinoma
  • Judith Walsh, MD, MPH
    Incorporating ePrognosis to Encourage “ Smarter Screening” for Breast and Colorectal Cancer in Older Adults
  • Mary Jue Xu, MD
    Understanding the Burden of Human Papilloma Virus-Associated Oropharyngeal Head and Neck Cancer in Tanzania

About the RAP Awards

The Resource Allocation Program (RAP) is a campus-wide program whose aim is to coordinate intramural research funding opportunities for the UCSF community. Through RAP, the Cancer Center and other UCSF agencies provide seed funding to encourage clinical investigators, especially those at the beginning of their career, to initiate promising projects that may enable them to compete successfully for national research grants. Targeted areas are innovative pilot and phase I/II studies and other projects in clinical, health policy, health services, and psychosocial and behavioral research.

Emerson Collective Cancer Research Fund

Emerson Collective Cancer Research Fund 2020 Awardees

About The Emerson Collective Cancer Research Fund

The Emerson Collective Cancer Research Fund sought individual or team proposals for research projects related, but not limited to, immunotherapy, metabolic therapies, early detection advancements, 'high risk/high reward' initiatives and/or -omic approaches to cancer and drug development. Positive criteria included the potential of a project to significantly impact our understanding of and/or approaches to the prevention, diagnosis, or treatment of cancer.

Pancreatic Cancer Awards

Pancreatic Cancer 2020 Awardees

  • Wendell Lim, PhD
    Exploiting the Tumor Stroma to Enhance CAR T cell Efficacy and Decrease Toxicity for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma
  • Rushika Perera, PhD
    Targeting the lysosome during adaptation to Kras pathway inhibition

About the Pancreatic Cancer RFA

Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma is a deadly disease with few therapeutic options. There is an unmet need to obtain and interrogate high quality tissue from cancer patients, both to understand the disease and predict adaptive responses to therapeutic intervention. Thanks to a generous donation from the Shorenstein Foundation, the Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center was able to fund translational research projects addressing pancreatic adenocarcinoma.

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center Awards

Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center Awardees

  • Hala Borno, MD
    [Cancer Research Award] Examining the relationship between governmental assistance in nutrition, food insecurity, and cancer outcomes in a time of crisis
  • Ana Velazquez Manana, MD
    [Cancer Research Award] Quality Initiative for Diverse Lung Cancer Patients in the Safety-Net Setting
  • Niharika Dixit, MD
    [Cancer Genetics Award] Increasing Access to Genetic Services at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Oncology Clinics: A Genetic Testing Station Model)

About the Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital and Trauma Center Awards

With this RFA, the HDFCCC sought innovative cancer research projects and cancer genetics projects that improve outcomes and benefit the patient population at ZSFG.

For the Benefit of Patients at PCMB Awards

For the Benefit of Patients at PCMB Awardees

About the PCMB Awards

Through a generous philanthropic gift, the Cancer Center sought applications for funding for projects that directly benefit the patients of the Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building. Funds were to support: 1) creation of new models of patient-centered care at PCMB, including process improvement projects; or 2) strategic research for improved clinical outcomes for patients at PCMB.

The Cancer League

The Cancer League 2020 Awardees

  • Paola Betancur, PhD
    Cracking the Code Linking Inflammation and the Cancer Immune Escape Program in Gynecologic Cancers
  • Michael Evans, PhD
    Precision Targeting of Iron for Pancreatic Cancer Imaging and Treatment
  • Deanna Kroetz, PhD
    Targeting MRP4-Mediated PGE2 Efflux to Improve Sensitivity to Immunotherapy
  • Melissa Reeves, PhD
    Spatial Dynamics of the Immune Response in Heterogeneous Tumors

About The Cancer League

The Cancer League's primary interest is in funding research projects that need seed money to gain traction or to get closer to a clinical trial. In addition, projects that take an existing form of treatment, but make it better or more palatable for the patient population are equally as welcomed.

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society Awardees - 2020

  • Julian Hong, MD, MS
    Enhanced prostate cancer diagnostics: Intelligent algorithms to improve patient care
  • Amar Nijagal, MD
    Single cell characterization and organoid development of pediatric choledochal cysts and hepatoblastoma to understand the link between liver development and hepatobiliary malignancy
  • Melissa Reeves, PhD
    Overcoming Heterogeneity-Driven Defects of the Anti-Tumor Immune Response
  • Matthew Stachler, MD, PhD
    Characterizing how the inflammatory microenvironment influences preneoplastic progression of Barrett’s esophagus into invasive adenocarcinoma
  • Lena Winestone, MD, MSHP
    Determinants of Access to 131l- Metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) Therapy for High Risk Neuroblastoma Patients

Cancer Early Detection/Interception/Prevention Award

Cancer Early Detection/Interception/Prevention RFA

About this Award:

Through a generous philanthropic gift, we sought applications for funding for research into Early Detection, Interception, or Prevention of cancer in people genetically predisposed to cancer. Applications focused on at least one of these areas and described innovative approaches that have the potential to have clinical impact.

Updated August 2020