Young Investigator Program

The Young Investigator program identifies individuals with the potential to make noteworthy advancements in children's cancer research while building a stable force of high-quality researchers for the future. Young Investigators are in the early stages of their scientific careers and are located at universities, research institutions, and hospitals throughout the United States.

In 2012, CureSearch began funding 12 Young Investigators, each for 2 years, in areas of study that represent the highest risk with the poorest outcomes for children with cancer. To hear each Young Investigator describe their research in more detail, subscribe to our podcast.

For 2015, CureSearch is currently reviewing applications for six new Young Investigator grants totaling $1.3 million in additional research funding. Awards will be announced in October, 2014 and funding will begin in January, 2015.

  • Chris Porter, MD

    Relapsed Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia (ALL)

    Chris Porter, MD
    University of Colorado
    Children's Hospital of Denver
    Scientist Explores Gene to Increase Survival Rate of Patients with High-Risk in Leukemia in Search of Targeted Therapies
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  • David Gordon, MD

    Acute Myeloid Leukemia (AML)

    David Gordon, MD
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute
    Project: Trisomy 8 in Hematopoiesis and Acute Myeloid Leukemia
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  • Eric Raabe, MD, PhD

    Brain Tumors

    Eric Raabe, MD, PhD
    Johns Hopkins University
    Project: Determining the Role of H3FA Mutations in Diffuse Intrinsic Pontine Glioma
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  • Meenakshi Hegde, MD

    Bone Tumors

    Meenakshi Hegde, MD
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Examining the Body's Immune System in Search of Treatments for Osteosarcoma
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  • Debanjan Dhar, PhD

    Liver Tumors

    Debanjan Dhar, PhD
    University of California San Diego
    Project: Mechanistic Characterization of Tumor Initiating Cells that Give Rise to Hepatocellular Carcinoma
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  • Maxwell Krem, MD, PhD


    Maxwell Krem, MD, PhD
    University of Washington
    Project: KLHDC8B and Mouse Modeling of Hodgkin Lymphoma
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  • Shizhen Zhu, MD, PhD


    Shizhen Zhu, MD, PhD
    Mayo Clinic
    Understanding Neuroblastoma Gene Mutation: Findings Could Lead to Targeted Treatments for Children with this Rare Cancer
    Read more 

  • Chrystal Louis, MD, MPH

    Rare Tumors

    Chrystal Louis, MD, MPH
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Project: Phase II Feasibility Study Using EBV-CTL in Newly Diagnosed Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma  
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  • Chris Porter, MD

    Kidney Tumors

    Alex Kentsis, MD, PhD
    Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center
    Understanding the Inner Workings of Rhabdoid Tumors
    Read more 

  • Jason Yustein, MD, PhD

    Rhabdomyosarcoma and other Soft Tissue Tumors

    Jason Yustein, MD, PhD
    Baylor College of Medicine
    Project: Novel Mouse Models of Metastatic Rhabdomyosarcoma
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  • Abby Rosenberg, MD

    Adolescent and Young Adult Cancers

    Abby Rosenberg, MD
    Seattle Children’s Hospital
    Project: Promoting Resilience During and After Adolescent Young Adult Cancer
    Year One funded by Sigma-Tau Pharmaceuticals
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  • Lynda Vrooman, MD

    Late Effects and Survivorship

    Lynda Vrooman, MD
    Dana Farber Cancer Institute
    Project: Bone Fracture in Pediatric and Adolescent Survivors of Childhood Cancer
    Funded by Genentech
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