Honors, Awards + Achievements
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Carolyn Tucker, Ph.D., received a $376,331 Florida Blue Foundation grant for a study titled, “The Tele-Mental Health and Wellbeing Support Coaching Program for Black Adults and Youth.” Additionally, she received a $601K grant from The Humana Foundation for a study titled, “Health-Smart Holistic Health Program for Seniors: Broadening Reach and Impact and Enhancing Sustainability through System Changes.”
Daniel Indelicato, M.D. was recognized with the Transformative Medicine Award at the 52nd Annual Radiation Oncology Research Seminar, which honors translational science investigators and clinicians epitomizing innovative and collaborative efforts to accelerate the transition of scientific discoveries into new cancer therapies.
David Bloom, Ph.D., named chair of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology.
David D. Tran, M.D., Ph.D., and colleagues discovered a new potential benefit of a form of electric fields therapy currently in use to treat glioblastoma, the deadliest form of brain cancer in adults.
Dongyu Zhang, M.D., Ph.D., received $100,000 in funding from the UF Health Cancer Center Pilot Program to study the effects of walking exercise intervention to reduce fatigue in older breast cancer survivors.
Erin Mobley, Ph.D., had an abstract accepted for presentation at the ASPO Annual Meeting 2022.
Jonathan Licht, M.D., received a National Cancer Institute grant for his study titled, “Defining and Targeting Epigenetic Plasticity-Driven Drug Resistance and Immune Escape in Melanoma.”
Kourtney Mitchum, a clinical service representative supervisor in the UF Department of Radiation Oncology, made the University of Florida’s 2021-2022 Superior Accomplishment Awards winners list for Division 5, which encompasses the university’s six health colleges.
Lakeshia Cousin, Ph.D., APRN, AGPCNP-BC, received a UF CTSI KL2 grant for a study titled, “A Pilot Feasibility Study of a Gratitude Journaling Intervention to enhance Well-being and Exercise Readiness in Older African American Female Breast Cancer Survivors.”
Lindsey King, Ph.D., received a $3,000 Innovative Teaching Award through the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health and the Health Resources Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for a study titled, “Training MCH Graduate Students in Community-based, Trauma-informed & Resilience-based Public Health Curriculum.”
Loic Deleyrolle, Ph.D., received a National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) for a study titled, “Metabolic Interactions Between Tumor Cells and the Immune System in GBM: A Potential Achilles Heel of GBM for Novel Therapeutics.”
Lori Rice, Ph.D., was honored at the 52nd Annual Radiation Oncology Research Seminar and was the recipient of the Basic Research Education Award, which recognizes any research faculty member who provides outstanding educational opportunities to graduate and/or postdoctoral students.
Luisel Ricks-Santi, Ph.D., had an abstract accepted for presentation at the AACR Annual Meeting 2022.
Meghan Ferrall-Fairbanks, Ph.D., received a UF CTSI KL2 grant for a study titled, “Beyond Genetics: Impacts of Tumor Composition and Host Environment on Platinum-Sensitivity in Ovarian Cancer.”
Additionally, her publication titled, “Leveraging the Heterogeneity of Adaptive Immune Cells Within the Tumor-Ecosystem to Better Describe Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma Biologically and Clinically – Beyond the Abstract,” was recognized in the March issue of UroToday and a commentary in the March issue of Cancer Research.
Todd Golde, M.D., Ph.D., authored a review in the journal Molecular Neurodegeneration.