Research Like A Champion (RLAC) Program - Previous Awardees

Year Award Recipient(s) Mentor(s) Project Title Award Level
2018 Leigh Campbell, Brooke Kowalski, & Gifty Marfowaa Sharon Stack Intraperitoneal Mechanobiology in Ovarian Cancer: A Biomimetic Approach 1st Round
2018 Austin Boucher Richard Dahl The role of microRNAs in acute myeloid leukemia 1st Round
2018 Elizabeth Russo & Laura Alderfer Donny Hanjaya-Putra in situ Model for Lymphangiogenesis within Metastatic Breast Cancer Microenvironment 1st Round
2018 Lauren Davancaze Brian Baker Structural Characterization and Optimization of CD8 Binding to HLA-A2 for T Cell Therapy 1st Round
2018 Vince Kitsmiller & Roy Stillwell Thomas D. O'Sullivan Handheld diffuse optical spectroscopy device for breastcancer risk assessment and differential diagnosis: 2nd Round 2nd Round
2018 Juan Cisneros, Cian O'Donnell, Claire Kleinschmidt, Marissa Koscielski, Brady Riesgraf, & Daniel Hogan Matthew Koscielski Lung Cancer Sreening: An awareness campaign based upon geospatial analysis of high risk areas within Indiana 2nd Round
2017 Marwa Asem & Carlysa Oyama Sharon Stack Tunneling Nanotubes in Cancer: When Your Healthy Cells Betray Your Body 1st Round
2017 Lord Boachie Pinar Zorlutuna Construction of patient-specific, living breast cancer tumors to examine chemotherapy treatments 1st Round
2017 Kristen Johnson & Jessica Lukowski Robert Stahelin & Amanda Hummon A lipid targeted chemotherapeutic delivery system  1st Round
2017 Sawyer Williams, Matthew Yoder, & Sydney Sivertson Amy Stark Gaining Insights in the Fight Against Cancer by Double and Triple Teaming: A Horizontal Approach to Identify Key Gene Expression Signatures 1st Round
2017 Luke Maillie Sara Sievers, Kristin Schroder, & Bwire Chirangi Using Complex Network Analysis to Elucidate and Design Improved Referraland Treatment Networks for Cancer Patients in Northwestern Tanzania 1st Round
2017 Vince Kitsmiller & Roy Stillwell Thomas D. O'Sullivan Handheld diffuse optical spectroscopy device for breastcancer risk assessment and differential diagnosis 1st Round
2017 Juan Cisneros, Cian O'Donnell, Claire Kleinschmidt, Marissa Koscielski, Brady Riesgraf, & Daniel Hogan Matthew Koscielski Midwestern Health Deserts: A geosptial analysis of high risk rural Indiana communities targeting lung cancer detection and treatment disparities 1st Round
2017 Maria Cristina Miranda Vergara & Gia Ferrara Laurie E. Littlepage Reducing disparity in young patients with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia in Mexico by investigating the expression of snoRNAs in the pathogenesis of the disease 1st Round
2017 Kaitlin Kruger Sharon Stack Improving cancer knowledge of employees at a local non-profit in Puebla, Mexico 1st Round
2017 Amanda Yamasaki Athanasia Panopoulos Molecular Profiling to Derive Functional Hematopietic Stem Cells In Vitro 2nd Round
2016 Cody Narciso, Victoria Zellmer, & Paulina Eberts Jeremiah Zartman, Siyuan Zhang, & David Hoelzle Advancing Three Dimensional Tissue Histology 1st Round
2016 Amanda Yamasaki Athanasia Panopoulos Determining functional equivalence of induced pluripotent stem cells and hematopoietic stem cells for transplant therapy 1st Round
2016 David Omstead & Charissa Quinlan Basar Bilgicer Optimizing nanoparticle-base druf delivery 1st Round
2016 Yuliya Klymenko & Rachel Lombard Sharon Stack Forcing Tumor Progression: Can Ascites Fluid Buildip Alter Tumor Host Dynamics? 1st Round
2016 Sarah Fracci Sara Sievers  Investigation of the effects of accompaniment on the reduction of stigmatization and the renewal of self-dignity in women battling breast cancer in the developing world 1st Round
2016 Jean Llenos Mark Fox The Impact of Trauma on Patient Engagement in Oncology Care 1st Round
2016 Kaley Kubiak Kate Voelker Effects of Riverbend Transportation Services on Health Care Providers   2nd Round
2015 Allison Doermann & Norbert Kuc Margaret Schwarz Control of Pancreatic Cancer Stem Cell Migration 1st Round
2015 Gabriel LaBonia Amanda Hummon Microphysiological Tissue Mimics to Assess Drug Efficacy and Toxicity 1st Round
2015 Luke Maillie Mike Vogel & Arita Sharma SolWatch and SolPatch 1st Round
2015 Danielle Boley, Nicole Schiavone, & Carolyn Shirey Norman Dovichi & Robert Stahelin Development of a Rapid and Quantitative Method for Detection of Ceramide 1-Phosphate in Breast and Lung Cancer 1st Round
2015 Qinfeng Wu Jeremiah Zartman and Erin Howe Cell Competition in Breast Cancer:  Functional Identification of Genes that Determine Whether Breast Cancer Cells Out-Compete Breast Epithelial Cells 1st Round
2015 Mollie Limb Kate Voelker Reducing Barriers to Treatment Access and Improving Health Outcomes  1st Round
2014 Kyle Cowdrick & Cody Narisco Siyuan Zhang & Jeremiah Zartman Multiplex-Lab-on-a-Chip (MLoC): High-Throughput Characterization of Breast Tumors and the 3D Microenvironment In Situ 1st Round
2014 Maggie Kerper Laurie E. Littlepage Identification and Validation of Novel Drivers of Breast Cancer Progression
in African and African-American Women
1st Round
2014 John Lee, Diane Choi, & Chandra Madeline Patrick Sheets & Jenifer Prosperi Elucidating the Therapeutic Potential of Midbrain Pathways That Impact
Breast Cancer Metastasis
1st Round