Research Grants

94% of Funds Raised Go to Research & Education

LSCRF awards seed funding for research that demonstrates the potential to improve the detection and treatment of breast cancer. These grants help researchers pursue promising ideas and novel concepts. For projects that demonstrate great potential, researchers can then pursue larger grants from organizations and governmental agencies such as the National Cancer Institute. Funding to explore new ideas is essential to finding a cure for breast cancer. For every $1.00 LSCRF has awarded to breast cancer research at Robert H Lurie Medical Research Center, $4.00 is awarded by the National Cancer Institute and other granting agencies.

Research Projects

  • Treating Breast Cancer by Novel WEE1 Inhibitors
    Principal Investigator: Bin Zhang, MD, PhD
    Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology Oncology
  • Effect of the Cellular Stress Response Network in Sculpting the Therapeutic Response Landscape in Human Breast Cancers
    Principal Investigator: Marc Mendillo, PhD
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
  • Aromatase Phosphorylation in Breast Cancer: A Mechanism for Resistance to Treatment
    Principal Investigator: Serdar Bulun, MD
    Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of Reproductive Biology Research
  • Mutagenesis Consequent to APOBEC3B Expression
    Principal Investigator: Susan Clare, MD, PhD
    Department of Surgery, Division of Breast Surgery
  • Application of Adductomics for Characterizing the Breast Cancer Adductome
    Principal Investigator: William Funk, PhD
    Department of Preventive Medicine, Division of Cancer Epidemiology and Prevention
  • Determining the Effect of TE and Radiation on the Biomechanical and Biologic Properties of Skin during Breast Reconstruction
    Principal Investigator: Arun Gosain, MD
    Department of Surgery, Division of Pediatric Surgery
  • Developing an At-home Molecular Diagnostic for Breast Cancer Biomarkers
    Principal Investigator: Keith Tyo, PhD, MS
    Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
  • Targeting Aaspin Mediated Apoptosis for Breast Cancer Therapy
    Principal Investigator: Ming Zhang, PhD
    Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
  • Physical and Psychosocial Outcomes of Breast Cancer Surgery
    Principal Investigator: Karen Kaiser, PhD
    Department of Medical Social Sciences
  • Effects of Stellate Ganglion Block on Hot Flashes in Hispanic Women with Breast Cancer: A Pilot Randomized Sham-Controlled Trial
    Principal Investigator: David Walega, MD, MSCI
    Department of Anesthesiology, Division of Pain Medicine

Educational Initiatives

Travel Grant

Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Leadership: William Gradishar, MD, FACP
For more information: Sister Cities Symposium


Lynn Sage Symposium: For Scholars
Leadership: William Gradishar, MD, FACP
Contact Erin Donoghue at 312.695.1391 or


Breast Cancer Treatment Handbook
Leadership: Nora Hansen, MD
Contact: Burt Korman at 312.472.4779 or

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