Announcing the Class of 2020: St. Baldrick’s Fellows and Summer Fellows

by St. Baldrick's Foundation
April 17, 2020

St. Baldrick’s donors play a key role in making new and better treatments possible for childhood cancer. One of the most important ways to make life-saving research possible — not only today but for decades to come — is to fund the training of the next generation of childhood cancer researchers.

That’s why we’re excited to announce today a bright and shiny new set of “next generation” grants.

2020 Fellows:

First, the 2020 class of St. Baldrick’s Fellows will each receive at least two years of funding to conduct research while training under an expert mentor. When these seven young doctors complete their fellowships, they will follow in the footsteps of many former St. Baldrick’s Fellows who are now leaders in pediatric oncology research.

New St. Baldrick’s Fellows are funded at the following institutions (click links for details):

Lei Peng, M.D. is studying acute myeloid leukemia (ALL) and infant ALL at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.
Zachary Reitman, M.D., Ph.D., is studying particularly deadly brain tumors called high grade gliomas, at Duke University Medical Center.

Continuing Fellows:

Based on the progress they have made, five St. Baldrick’s Fellows already in training have also received a third year of funding, to continue their work at the following institutions (click links for details):

2020 Summer Fellows:

Another eighteen promising college and medical school students, will spend their summers as St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellows. In a few short months, they will complete a research project under the direction of trained scientists, learning important skills. These grants help inspire many of the best and brightest to choose childhood cancer research as their specialty.

Jessica Natalie will study the use of Raman spectroscopy to characterize different types of cancer tissue, in a lab at the University of Hawaii.
Nicholas Mohrdieck will study neuroblastoma at the University of Wisconsin – Madison.

St. Baldrick’s Summer Fellows awarded for 2020 are at the following institutions (click links for details):

To learn more about the work of these grant recipients and many others, visit the St. Baldrick’s grants search page.

Thanks to the fundraising of St. Baldrick’s volunteers and the generosity of thousands of donors, the next generation of childhood cancer researchers has just become even more promising.

Join us today and #DFYchildhoodCancers!


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