HWCOM 2021 Pilot Project Grants

The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine just announced the 2021 HWCOM Pilot Project Grant winners. This program is made possible by the generosity of the Herbert and Nicole Wertheim Faculty Research Pilot Projects Endowment.

Asmi Chakraborty, Ph.D.
Post Doc, Translational Medicine
“Hypoxia Dependent GCNT2 Downregulation and Immune Modulation in Metastatic Melanoma”

Chakraborty joined the Charles Dimitroff Lab in 2019 as a postdoctoral associate. Her research is focused on identifying the role of GCNT2, a novel emerging melanoma biomarker, in disease progression.

Kunie Yoshinaga-Sakurai, Ph.D.
Post Doc, Cellular Biology and Pharmacology
“Arsenic Neurotoxity: Pathways of Arsenic Transport Through the Blood-Brain-Barrier”

Yoshinaga-Sakurai is a postdoctoral associate in the Barry P. Rosen Lab. Her research focuses on determining the mechanisms of gene expression regulation of the human arsenic methyltransferase AS3MT, as well as the toxicology of arsenicals on human brain cells.