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Awards Support Innovative Prostate Cancer Research

The Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center’s SPORE in Prostate Cancer and Polsky Urologic Cancer Institute announce the following awards in support of innovative prostate cancer research:



A novel role for EZH2 in PARP regulation and PARPi resistance in prostate cancer

Principal Investigator:  Qi Cao, PhD
Associate Professor, Urology


Enhanced TCR-Engineered T Cell Immunotherapy in Combination with Epigenetic Modulation for Prostate Cancer

Principal Investigator: Richard Koya, MD, PhD (University of Chicago);
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology


Role of BAP1 complexes in prostate cancer

Principal Investigator: Lu Wang, PhD 
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics


Elucidating the Impact of Androgen Ablation on Innate Immunity in Prostate Cancer

Principal Investigator: Akash Patnaik, MD, PhD  (University of Chicago)
Assistant Professor, Medicine


Improving Response Rates to PARP Inhibitors in Advanced Prostate Cancer Through Combination Therapy with Sacituzumab Govitecan

Principal Investigator:  Sarah Fenton, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Medicine 


Prostate cancer cell-mediated reprogramming of the tissue microenvironment in visceral metastases

Principal Investigator: Mindy Graham, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Urology


Discovery and development of molecular glue degraders targeting androgen receptor splice variants driven prostate cancer

Principal Investigator: Xiaoyu Zhang, PhD
Assistant Professor, Chemistry  

Seed Funding Awards



Targeting epigenome and PARPness regulating prostate cancer cell fate 

Principal Investigators:

Debabrata (Debu) Chakravarti, PhD;
Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Brandon Parker, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Obstetrics and Gynecology 


Integrated Long-Read Single-Cell Genomic and Transcriptomic Sequencing (LscDuo-seq) to Unravel the Landscape of Chemoresistance in Prostate Cancer

Principal Investigator: Rendong Yang, PhD
Associate Professor, Urology


Metabolic and Cytoskeletal Regulation of Cell Proliferation and Metastasis in Prostate Cancer

Principal Investigator: Dileep Varma, PhD
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics