Two Pathology Faculty Members Awarded New Funding

We are pleased to announce two recent awards received by our faculty members:

Dr. Alex J. Rai, PhD, associate professor of pathology and cell biology, has been granted one of the Roy and Diana Vagelos Precision Medicine Pilot Awards for his proposal to the Columbia Precision Medicine Joint Pilot Grants Program “Biology and Therapeutic Relevance of Exosomes in Uveal Melanoma”. The Precision Medicine Pilot Awards, provided through the Columbia Precision Medicine Joint Pilot Grants Program, fund multidisciplinary research proposals focused on approaches to tailor medical care (prevention, diagnosis, and/or treatment) to the individual patient.

Dr. Hee Won Yang, PhD, assistant professor of pathology and cell biology, has been awarded SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Research Pilot Grants Funding for his application Novel technologies to identify SARS-CoV-2 therapeutics . The funding is provided through the Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center, in partnership with the Irving Institute for Clinical and Translational Research, in response to the critical need for funding to initiate research projects to address the COVID-19 pandemic. HICCC expected to fund 3-4 critically important pilot projects through this opportunity to better understand the diagnosis, prevention, treatment and clinical management of COVID-19.

Congratulations to Dr. Rai and Dr. Yang!


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