Bladder Cancer Young Investigator Awardees

Bladder Cancer Young Investigator Awardees

Meet Our Funded Investigators

At BCAN, we believe in encouraging the next generation of scientists and researchers who are working towards a world without bladder cancer. This is embodied through our Bladder Cancer Young Investigator Awards. These one year $50,000 grants fund researchers who are working in basic, translational, clinical, epidemiologic, bioengineering or any other scientific or research field, but are also working in a research environment capable of supporting transformational bladder cancer research.

The Bladder Cancer Young Investigator Awards support the professional development of outstanding early career research scientists and clinical cancer research investigators who have demonstrated a commitment to improving the lives of bladder cancer patients.  These awards are part of the more than $6 million in research grants that BCAN has funded.

To be eligible, applicants for both awards must be within six years of completion of a professional degree or clinical training at the time of submission.

2022 Bladder Cancer Young Investigator Awardees

Young Investigator Award
Dissecting the Interplay Between MAPK and PPARG Signaling in Bladder Cancer
Raie Bekele, PhD
Instructor of Radiation Oncology
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Raie Bekele, PhD

Young Investigator Award
Antitumor Activity of Lactobacillus Rhamnosus GG in Murine Model of Bladder Cancer
Laura Bukavina, MD, MPH
Urologic Oncology Fellow
Research Institute of Fox Chase Cancer Center

Laura Bukavina, MD, MPH

Young Investigator Award
Synthetic Lethal Strategies to Limit Tumor Evolution Driven by APOBEC3 Activity in Urothelial Cancer
Weisi Liu, PhD
Post-doctoral Fellow in Hematology and Medical Oncology
Weill Medical College of Cornell University

Weisi Liu, PhD

Patient-Centered Clinical Research Young Investigator Award
Disparities in Patient Reported Outcomes Among Spanish Speaking Latinx Patients with Bladder Cancer
Ava Saidian, MD
Urologic Oncology Fellow
Moores Cancer Center at the University of California San Diego

Ava Saidian, MD
  • 2021 Young Investigator Awardees

    New Discoveries Young Investigator Award for Patient Centered Research
    Sexual Function in Women Undergoing Radical Cystectomy
    Svetlana Avulova, MD
    Urologic Oncology Fellow
    Mayo Clinic

    Palm Beach New Discoveries Young Investigator Award
    Clonal Architecture and Tumor Microenvironment of Cisplatin Resistant Localized Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer
    Filipe De Carvalho,MD, PhD
    Urologic Oncology Fellow
    Brigham and Women’s Hospital

    New Discoveries Young Investigator Award
    Associations of Patient Diet and Benefit from Immunotherapy in Urothelial Carcinoma
    Brendan Guercio, MD
    Hematology/Oncology Fellow
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

    Palm Beach New Discoveries Young Investigator Award
    Relationship of Circulating Tumor DNA in Patients with Muscle Invasive Bladder Cancer to Pathologic Staging and Disease Prognosis
    Benjamin Miron, MD
    Medical Oncology Fellow
    Fox Chase Cancer Center

    New Discoveries Young Investigator Award
    Defining the Clinical Impact and Molecular Drivers of “Secondary” Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer
    Eugene Pietzak, MD
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

     

  • 2020 Young Investigator Awardees

    The BCAN New Discoveries Young Investigator Awards
    Defining NRF2 induced tumor invasion in bladder cancer
    Yuki Kita, M.D., Ph.D.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    The BCAN New Discoveries Young Investigators Award
    Targeting regulatory B cells (Bregs) to improve anti-bladder cancer immunity
    Burles (Rusty) Johnson, M.D., Ph.D.
    Johns Hopkins University

    The BCAN New Discoveries Research Young Investigator Awards for Patient Centered Clinical Research
    Identifying Patient and Providers Factors Associated with Smoking Cessation
    Matthew Mossanen, M.D., MPH
    Brigham & Women’s Hospital

     

     

  • 2019 Young Investigator Awardees

    The 2019 BCAN New Discoveries Young Investigator Award
    Recombinant CCL2 as a Novel Treatment Strategy for Bladder Cancer
    Neelam Mukherjee, MD
    University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio

    The 2019 BCAN New Discoveries Young Investigator Award
    Quantifying Risk and Resilience Among Patients with Bladder Cancer: A Novel Personalized, Comprehensive Risk Stratification Program
    Sarah Psutka, MD, MsC
    University of Washington, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance

    The BCAN New Discoveries Research Young Investigator Awards for Patient Centered Clinical Research
    Understanding the Burden and Impact of Financial Toxicity in Bladder Cancer—A Mixed Methods Study of Two Diverse Patient Populations
    Sumeet Bhanvadia, MD
    University of Southern California

  • 2018 Young Investigator Awardees

    The 2018 BCAN Young Investigator Award
    Next-generation sequencing to enhance initial staging and dynamically monitor disease response in upper tract urothelial carcinoma (UTUC)
    Philip Abbosh, MD, PhD
    Fox Chase Cancer Center

    The Palm Beach New Discoveries Young Investigators Award
    Modulation of regulatory T cells in the bladder tumor environment by anti-PD-L1 immunotherapy
    David Oh, MD, PhD
    University of California, San Francisco

    The Palm Beach New Discoveries Young Investigator Award for Patient Centered Clinical Research
    The implementation of nutrition education videos for patients undergoing radical cystectomy
    Eugene Lee, MD
    University of Kansas Medical Center

  • 2017 Young Investigator Awardees

    The JPB Foundation Young Investigator Award
    Ascertaining the Role of Mutations in COMPASS-like Complex Members in the Development of Upper Tract Urothelial Carcinoma
    Byron Lee, MD, PhD
    Assistant Professor
    Cleveland Clinic Foundation

    Stephen Hale Gushée Young Investigator Award
    Defining the Immune Response to Chemotherapy and Chemo-Immunotherapy in Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer
    Tracy Rose, MD, MPH
    Assistant Professor
    UNC Chapel Hill

  • 2016 Young Investigator Awardees

    The JPB Foundation Young Investigator Award
    Role of antigen-specific immunity in BCG therapy for bladder cancer
    Niannian Ji, PhD
    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

    Stephen Hale Gushée Young Investigator Award
    Identifying Genomic Determinants of Chemoradiotherapy Response in Muscle-Invasive Bladder Cancer
    Kent William Mouw, MD, PhD
    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

  • 2015 Young Investigator Awardee

    Stephen Hale Gushée Young Investigator Award
    The Role of TP63 and ATDC in Invasive Bladder Cancers
    Philip Palmbos, MD, PhD
    Clinical Lecturer
    University of Michigan Health

  • 2014 Young Investigator Awardees

    BCAN Young Investigator Award
    The Role, Relationship and Therapeutic Potential of HAS2 and AGL in Bladder Cancer
    Sunny Guin, PhD
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    University of Colorado at Denver

    The JPB Foundation Young Investigator Award
    Consequences of ARID1A Inactivation in Bladder Cancer
    Ryoichi Saito, MD, PhD
    Research Associate
    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

    The JPB Foundation Young Investigator Award
    Defining Immunotherapy Targets in Bladder Cancer Microenvironment Using Oncolytic Viruses
    Dmitriy Zamarin, MD, PhD
    Hematology/Oncology Fellow
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

  • 2013 Young Investigator Awardees

    BCAN Young Investigator Award
    Transcriptional Control of Bladder Cancer Tumorigenesis
    David DeGraff, PhD
    Postdoctoral Fellow
    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

    James Family Young Investigator Award
    Identifying Predictors of Response to mTOR-targeted Therapies in Bladder Cancer
    Gopa Iyer, MD
    Clinical Instructor
    Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center

    Raymond and Marie Floyd Family Young Investigator Award
    High resolution molecular analysis of CD47-mediated immune escape in bladder cancer
    Debashis Sahoo, PhD
    Instructor
    Stanford University