Curtis Kugel, a student in the Genetics, Genomics & Cancer Biology PhD Program, was one of 10 students from leading cancer centers across the U.S. to receive a $10,000 “Research Scholar Award” (RSA) from the Joanna M. Nicolay Melanoma Foundation (JMNMF) for his exceptional research work.
JMNMF Chair, Regina Shannon Bodnar, and Board/RSA Committee member, Esther Hoffberg and JMNMF President Greg Safko, presented the award to Curtis at the Kimmel Cancer Center’s Bluemle Life Sciences Building on March 20.
Curtis’ mentor is Professor Andrew Aplin and his research focuses on targeting receptor tyrosine kinases in an attempt to prevent resistance to RAF inhibitors in melanoma and improve the efficacy of those inhibitors.
“I am very excited to have been chosen to receive this award from the JMNMF for my work on melanoma research,” said Kugel. “With applicants working alongside some of the leading melanoma researchers and applying from some of the country’s top cancer centers, receiving this award is truly an honor.”