Two U-M docs named Kimmel Scholars

April 20, 2016  //  FOUND IN: Our Employees,


The Sidney Kimmel Foundation recently selected 15 research scientists and medical doctors from across the U.S. to receive two-year grants totaling $200,000 each as part of the prestigious Kimmel Scholars Program.

The Kimmel Scholar Awards were created to advance the careers of gifted, young scientists involved in cancer research. To qualify, grantees must demonstrate great promise and innovation in their work, be in the early stages of their research careers, and have yet to receive a major grant from the National Institutes of Health or other funding sources.

The Foundation is particularly interested in helping physicians who are engaged in research that can rapidly be translated into benefits for patients with cancer. Translational research involved moving knowledge and discovery gained from the basic sciences to its application in clinical and community settings.

Dr. Lyssiotis’ submitted work is titled “Defining and targeting metabolic dependencies in pancreatic cancer,” and Dr. Venneti’s titled “Metabolic regulation of epigenetics in childhood brain tumors.”

Great job and congratulations to both of these pioneers!