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Wilmot Predoctoral Cancer Research Fellowship


The Wilmot Predoctoral Research Fellowship supports graduate students enrolled in PhD training programs at the University of Rochester who are interested in careers in cancer research. The goal of the program is to enable emerging scientists to build an independent career in the investigation of the causes, diagnosis, treatment, prevention or management of cancer or its side effects, under the mentorship of a Wilmot Cancer Institute member. The fellowship was established with the support of local businessman and philanthropist James P. Wilmot through a foundation named in his memory. Awards provide two years of support at $20,000 per year.


Applications are due February 12, 2024. For more details and application instructions, please download the RFA.


Contact Thom Fogg with questions.


Past Fellowship Award Recipients


Understanding Instrumental Support and Treatment Tolerability Among Older Adults with Cancer
Recipient: Maya Anand
Mentor: Allison Magnuson, D.O.

Investigating Dec2, a Circadian Rhythm Gene, as Regulator of Cancer Dormancy
Recipient: Lan (Amber) Wang
Mentor: Darren Carpizo, MD, PhD



Interplay between Glutathione and Lipid homeostasis
Recipient: Gloria Asantewaa
Mentor: Isaac Harris, Ph.D.

Understanding Chemotherapy Dosing in older adults with advanced Cancer
Recipient: Mostafa Mohamed
Mentor: Supriya Mohile, M.D.



Circadian control of macrophage function in the tumor microenvironment
Recipient: Amelia Knudsen-Clark
Mentor: Brian Altman, Ph.D.

Evaluating the Potential for Tumor Suppressor p53 to Preserve Cellular Identity
Recipient: Jennifer Twardowski
Mentor: Stephano Mello, Ph.D.



Targeting CCR2 to Mitigate the Late Effects of Juvenile Radiation-Induced Skeletal Muscle Decline
Recipient: Jacob Kallenbach
Mentor: Joe Chakkalakal, Ph.D.

Effects of Intertumoral Genetic Heterogeneity on T Cell Exhaustion and Response to PD-1 Blockade
Recipient: Shuyang (Sue) Qin
Mentor: Peter Prieto, M.D., M.P.H.