Graduate Student Pelotonia Fellowship Program


The Pelotonia Graduate Fellowship Program provides two-year research fellowships to the best and brightest Ohio State University graduate students who want to help cure cancer. Cancer is a complex disease, and curing it will take a multidisciplinary effort. So no matter what their field of study, from traditional scientific fields to fields such as business, history and engineering, all Ohio State graduate students may apply.

Graduate students do a significant amount of work in most labs. Ohio State has many graduate students who are working in the broad field of cancer research, but many of them are not working on independent research projects. Receiving a Pelotonia Graduate Fellowship gives these students the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in the field of cancer research, and to develop and work on their own independent projects.

To date, 128 graduate fellows have been funded (view previous fellows from 2016-2010). These students come from very diverse graduate programs—from Molecular Genetics and Biochemistry to Biomedical Engineering and Psychology—and are working on diverse projects, including development of new bioinformatics algorithms that predict treatment responses for triple negative breast cancer (TNBC), to learning how black raspberries can impact and prevent prostate cancer.

Competition for Pelotonia Graduate Fellowships is fierce. Each year approximately 75 graduate applications are submitted. Each application is critically reviewed by members of the Pelotonia Fellowship Committee. Because of the prestigious nature of these awards, many students have reported that receiving a Pelotonia Fellowship has distinguished them from their peers when going on to do postdoctoral research or moving on to faculty positions.

Graduate Fellows are paid a competitive annual stipend (~$25K), and Ohio State’s Graduate School has generously agreed to pay their fees and tuition.

Applications accepted January 15, 2018 through February 15, 2018

Eligibility

Graduate Fellowship Guidelines


2017 Graduate Student Pelotonia Fellows

Alex Avendano

Alex Avendano

Mentor – Jonathon Song



Project – Identifying contributions of pten deleted pancreatic cancer associated fibroblasts to tumor mechanopathology.



Summary – Study how fibroblasts (within the tumor microenvironment of pancreatic cancer) promote barriers to drug delivery, and to help identify new ideas on how to therapeutically target them to provide remedies for patients with this deadly disease.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Virtual Rider



Donald Belcher

Don Belcher

Mentor – Andre Palmer



Project – Chemo Sensitization of Triple Negative Breast Cancer Facilitated by Polymerized Human Hemoglobins.



Summary – Implementing novel computational models that will help us better understand how and when the HBOCs (hemoglobin-based oxygen carriers) we develop could best improve oxygen delivery to tumor tissue.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Russell Bonneville

Russell Bonneville

Mentor – Sameek Roychowdhury



Project – Assessment of Microsatellite Instability across the Landscape of Human Cancer.



Summary – Determine if MSI occurs in a much wider variety of cancer types than previously thought, and if clinical MSI testing should potentially be more widely performed.



Chia-Wen Chang

Chia-Wen Chang

Mentor – Jonathon Song



Project – Microfluidic Lymphatic Vessel Analogue System for Studying Lymphangiogenesis and Lung Cancer Intravasation



Summary – Understand the role that lymphatic vessels play in tumor microenvironments, in order to develop a strategy to stop lymphatic metastasis.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Virtual Rider



Luxi Chen

Luxi Chen

Mentor – Michael Caligiuri



Project – Development and Regulation of the Human Group 2 Innate Lymphoid Cell.



Summary – Study the basic processes regulating the development of human innate lymphoid cells (ILCs) in order to provide a strong foundation for future translational work in cancer studies.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider



Miranda Gardner

Miranda Gardner

Mentor – Michael Freitas



Project – The Tale Behind the Tails: A Mass Spectrometry-Based Approach to Investigate the Role of a Histone Methyltransferase, EZH2, in Chromatin Remodeling, Cell Proliferation and Tumorigenesis.



Summary – Identify novel therapeutics for patients suffering from relapsed/refractory forms of diffuse large b-cell lymphoma so that these patients may benefit from improved outcomes.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider



Eileen Hu

Eileen Hu

Mentor – Natarajan Muthusamy and John C Byrd



Project – A Paradigm Shift in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia: The Role of Hematopoietic Stem Cells in CLL Leukemogenesis.



Summary – Determine where Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia cells come from so that we can stop the cancer at the source to prevent recurrence and to be able to finally cure the disease.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Hanyang Huang

Hanyang Huang

Mentor – Yi Zhao



Project – Smartphone Based Whole Slide Scanner for Fast Tumor Identification and Accurate Diagnosis.



Summary – An affordable, compact whole slide scanner enabled by adaptive liquid lenses can provide more effective, timely and accurate IOC for improving tumor diagnosis and treatment.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Jose Javier

Jose Javier

Mentor – Marie-Dominique Filippi



Project – Active transforming growth factor ß1 (aTGFß-1) as a predisposing factor of B-acute lymphoblastic leukemia during chronic inflammatory stress.



Debadrita Modak

Debadrita Modak

Mentor – Marcos Sotomayor



Project – Structural Insights into Protocadherin7 Mediated Carcinoma-Astrocyte Gap Junction Formation Which Promotes Brain Metastasis



Summary – Determine the structural aspects of interaction of PCDH7 with itself and with Connexin43. Once the binding interface is known, the key residues in gap junction formation can be identified and thus help in drug discovery.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Madeline Niederkorn

Madeline Niederkorn

Mentor – Daniel T. Starczynowski



Project – Uncovering Mechanisms of Del (5q) MDS/AML Disease Progression Through the TIFAB-USP15 Signalosome



Summary – Develop effective and durable therapies for patients with myelodysplasia and AML.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 25 miles



Andrew Reed

Andrew Reed

Mentor – Zucai Suo



Project – Investigation into the Effects of Human DNA Polymerase ß Cancer Variants on 8-oxoG Repair.



Summary – Understand the mechanism by which known cancer-related mutations in a human DNA polymerase affect the structure and function of that enzyme. In understanding the outcomes of these mutations on enzyme activity and fidelity, we will better understand how these cancers develop.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



Les Sprague

Les Sprague

Mentor – Timothy Cripe



Project – The Virus Induced Therapeutic Adjuvant Effect.



Summary – Oncolytic viruses are an emerging therapeutic that harness the power of viruses to kill tumors directly and trigger immune responses directed against both tumors and the viruses we inject. By combining viruses with conventional therapies makes each treatment more effective than either is on their own.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider: 45 miles



David Weiss

David Weiss

Mentor – Barbara Andersen



Project – The Impact of Stress, Depression, and Treatment on Vaccine Responses in Chronic Lymphocytic Leukemia.



Summary – Provide evidence as to whether vaccines can be effective in preventing infectious morbidity in cancer patients.



2017 Pelotonia Participant – Rider



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Pelotonia Fellowship Manager


Phone: 614-685-1960
marie.gibbons@osumc.edu

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