Elda Grabocka, PhD, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Cancer Biology and Surgery at the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center – Jefferson Health, has been awarded a grant from the Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation to study KRAS-driven cancers.
Her grant is titled “’Role of stress granules in the evolution of KRAS-driven tumors.”
Grabocka’s research demonstrated for the first time that stress granules are critical for the stress adaptation and survival of mutant KRAS cancer cells. Building on this initial discovery, she aims to elucidate how stress granules contribute to the development of KRAS-driven cancers and ultimately develop strategies to target stress granules for the treatment of these cancers.
The Margaret Q. Landenberger Research Foundation is a nonprofit private foundation that focuses its support on promising early-stage medical researchers. The goal of the grant is to assist these individuals by funding their current research, with the hope of enabling them to acquire more significant funding. Brown Brothers Harriman Trust Company of Delaware, N.A. serves as the Corporate Trustee of the Foundation.