PVM Postdocs Put Purdue in Win Column in Postdoc Challenge Competition

June 16, 2017

Two postdoctoral researchers at Purdue University have been awarded $5,000 Postdoc Challenge grants from the Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute, and both are in the Purdue University College of Veterinary Medicine. The grants will fund projects to improve treatment of triple negative breast cancer and improve treatment of brain metastasis of lung cancer. One of the recipients is Dr. Shirisha Chittiboyina, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences, and the other is Dr. Gozde Uzunalli, a postdoctoral research associate in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology.

Dr. Chittiboyina won the award for her project, "To identify the role of NuMA in triple negative breast cancer invasion and drug resistance;" and Dr. Uzunalli won the award for her project, "Pathologic characterization of the blood-tumor barrier in brain metastasis of lung cancer." They are among a total of seven postdoctoral researchers selected to receive the $5,000 Indiana CTSI Postdoc Challenge grants. The other winners are from Indiana University and the University of Notre Dame. The Postdoc Challenge grants are awarded for projects to use Indiana CTSI Core Facilities to translate lab research into human patient treatment through the development of clinical trials and studies or research aimed at enhancing adoption of best practices.

Dr. Chittiboyina will use the Agricultural Genomic Center Core Facility to identify potential gene targets that can reverse aggressiveness and chemoresistance due to low levels of NuMA, a structural protein and chromatin organizer, in triple negative breast cancer. She works in the laboratory of Dr. Sophie A. Lelièvre, professor of cancer pharmacology in the Department of Basic Medical Sciences.

Dr. Uzunalli will use the Histology Research Laboratory Core Facility to characterize structural changes in the brain as a result of brain metastasis of lung cancer to identify effective targets for treatment. She works in the laboratory of Dr. Tiffany Lyle, assistant professor of veterinary anatomic pathology in the Department of Comparative Pathobiology.

Applications for Postdoc Challenge grants were reviewed and ranked by a committee of faculty and postdoctoral researchers. The final selection and funding recommendations were made by the Indiana CTSI Executive Committee. Click here to view a complete news release about the Indiana CTSI Postdoc Challenge grants, which includes a listing of the other 2016-2017 Postdoc Challenge grant awardees.

Writer: Kevin Doerr, pvmnews@purdue.edu


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