Research Award Recipients

For nearly 20 years, the IASLC has been providing funding to promising young researchers, helping fuel the next generation of life-saving lung cancer research.

ILCF Young Investigator Awards

2020 ILCF Young Investigator Award Winners

Dr. Hua Zhang

Dr. Hua Zhang

New York University School of Medicine
United States

Project Title: Targeting CDK7 to Enhance Immunotherapy in Small Cell Lung Cancer 

Dr. Cleo Goyvaerts

Dr. Cleo Goyvaerts

Vrije Universiteit Brussels

Project Title: Creation of a 3D CRiMe Scene to Unravel Cytotoxic T-Cell Resistant Mechanisms 

Dr. Wencai Zhang

Dr. Wencai Zhang

University of Central Florida
United States

Project Title: MicroRNA-Mediated Precancerous Metabolism Accelerates Progression of Atypical Adenomatous Hyperplasia of the Lung

Dr. Roberto Ferrara | I.R.C.C.S. National Cancer Institute, Italy

Dr. Ashanya Malalasekera | Concord Cancer Centre, Australia

Dr. Ashwin Somasundaram | UPMC Hillman Cancer Center, United States

Dr. Benjamin Lok | Princess Margaret CC, Toronto, Canada

Dr. John Charles Rotondo | University of Ferrara Italy, Italy

Dr. Aaron Tan | National Cancer Centre Singapore, Singapore

Dr. Paolo Ceppi | Interdisciplinary Center for Clinical Research (IZKF) Friedrich-Alexander University Erlangen, Germany

Dr. William Lockwood | British Columbia Cancer Agency, Canada

Dr. Pedro Medina | University of Granada, Spain

Dr. Esra Akbay | UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, United States

Luiz Araujo | Brazilian National Cancer Institute, Brazil

Dr. Julie George | University of Cologne, Germany

Dr. Mark Awad | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, United States

Dr. Jill Larsen | QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, Australia

Dr. Adrian Sacher | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Canada

Dr. Kenichi Suda | Kinki University, Japan

Dr. Silvestre Vicent | Center for Applied Medical Research, Spain

Dr. Narendra Wajapeyee | Yale University, United States

Dr. Anne-Marie Baird | St. James Hospital/Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Dr. Alexander Drilon | Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, United States

Dr. Jih-Hsiang Lee | National Taiwan University Hospital, Taiwan

Dr. Don Nguyen | Yale University, United States

Dr. Milind Suraokar | University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, United States

Dr. Tanawat Jirakulaporn | Siriraj Hospital, Thailand

Dr. Yuichi Machida | Mayo Clinic Rochester d/b/a Mayo clinic College of Medicine, United States

Ms. Monica Spinola | The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, United States

Dr. Prasad Adusumilli | Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, United States

Dr. D. Ross Camidge | University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center, United States

Dr. Boone Goodgame | Washington University School of Medicine, United States

Mr. Mohammed Hoque | Johns Hopkins University, United States

Dr. Mark Klein | University of Minnesota, United States

Assoc. Professor Benjamin Solomon | Peter MacCallum Cancer Center, Australia

ILCF Fellowship Award

2020 ILCF Fellowship Award Winners

Dr. Karmele Valencia

Dr. Karmele Valencia

University of Navarra

Project Title: Dual Serine/Threonine and Tyrosine Kinase (DSTYK) as a New Target for Lung Cancer Therapy and Immunotherapy Combination

Dr. Kasey Cargill

Dr. Kasey Cargill

UT MD Anderson Cancer Center
United States

Project Title: Elucidating the Metabolic Profiles and Vulnerabilities to Metabolic Inhibitors Among Small Cell Lung Cancer Subtypes

Dr. Biagio Ricciuti

Dr. Biagio Ricciuti

Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
United States

Project Title: Impact of DNA Damage Repair (DDR) Gene Mutations on Efficacy of PD-L1 Immune Checkpoint Inhibition in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC)

Dr. Mark Adams | Translational Research Institute, Queensland University of Technology, Austalia

Dr. Hanbo Chen | VU University Medical Center Amsterdam, Canada

Dr. Anastasios Dimou | University of Colorado, United States

Dr. Laura Mezquita | Gustave Roussy Villejuif, France

Dr. Sanghyuk Song | Kangown National Univ. Hopsital, South Korea, South Korea

Dr. Hou Guo | MD Anderson Cancer Center, China

Dr. Masaoki Ito | The Health and Sciences Research Institute of the "Germans Trias I Pujo" Foundation (IGTP), Japan

Dr. Siddhartha Devarakonda | Washington University School of Medicine, United States

Dr. Nicolas Reynoird | INSERM, France

Dr. Puey Ling Chia | Olivia Newton-John Cancer Research Institute, Australia

Dr. Colin Lindsay | Institut Gustave-Roussy, United Kingdom

Dr. Yoichiro Mitsuishi | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Japan

Dr. Sara Pilotto | University of Verona, Italy

Dr. Samuel Rowbotham | Boston Children's Hospital, United States

Dr. Steffen Sorensen | Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark

Dr. Peter Choi | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, United States

Dr. Daniela Morales Espinosa | Hospital Germans Trias L Pujolo, Spain

Dr. Martin Sos | Max Planck Institute for neurological research, Germany

Dr. Yang Wang | Guangdong Lung Cancer Institute and Cancer Center, China

Dr. Daniel Christoph | University of Colorado Health Science Center, Germany

Dr. Dawn Stults | Vanderbilt-Ingram Medical Center, United States

Dr. Don Gibbons | University of Tezas, M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, United States

Dr. Celine Mascaux | University of Colorado Cancer Center, France

Dr. Meredith Tennis | University of Colorado Denver Health Science Center, United States

Dr. Luca Toschi | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Italy

Dr. Shantanu Banerji | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Canada

Dr. Khaled Hassan | University of Michigan, United States

Dr. M. Naomi Horiba | University of Maryland Marlene and Stewart Greenebaum Cancer Center, United States

Professor Sebahat Ocak | Vanderbilt University Medical Center, Belgium

Professor Nir Peled | University of Colorado Cancer Center, Israel

Mr. Ilse Valencia | UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, United States

Mr. Romulo (Martin) Brena | The Ohio State University, United States

Dr. Grace Dy | Mayo Clinic-Department of Oncology, United States

Dr. Tanguy Lim-Seiwert | The University of Chicago, United States

Dr. David Shames | The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, United States

Ms. Daniela Basseres | University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Brazil

Professor Rafal Dziadziuszko | Poland

Dr. Hiromichi Ebi | Nagoya University Graduate School of Medicine, Japan

Mr. David Jackman | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, United States

Assoc. Professor Thomas John | University Health Network, Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, Australia

Professor Stefano Landi | University of Pisa, Italy

Dr. Jill Larsen | The Prince Charles Hospital, Australia

Ms. Elena Levantini | Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Cente, United States

Professor Roman Thomas | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Harvard Medical School and Broad Institute of M.I.T. and Harvard, Germany

Dr. Glen Weiss | University of Colorado Health Sciences Center, United States

Dr. Jeffrey Engelman | Dana-Farber Cancer Institute (Applicant),Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (Supervisor), United States

Dr. Ten Hoang | University of Wisconsin Medical School-Madison, Canada

Mr. Remy Pedeux | Institute Albert Bonniot, INSERM U578 Grenoble France, France

Mr. Christopher Lyon | Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, United States

Dr. Julian Molina | Department of Oncology Mayo Clinic, United States

Ms. Maria Jose Pajares | University of Navarra, Spain

Dr. Samir Witta | United States

Ms. Federica Gemignani | International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), France


Mr. Zdravko Kosjerina | Taiwan

Dr. Fred Hirsch | University of Colorado Denver, United States

Mr. Yunfei Wang | United States

Dr. Jun Zhang | United States

ILCF John Fisher's Legacy Fellowship Award

2020 ILCF John Fisher's Legacy Fellowship Award Winner

Dr. Robert Smyth

Dr. Robert Smyth

United States

Development of a lung cancer nasal gene expression classifier in patients with indeterminate pulmonary nodules

LCFA/BMS/ILCF Young Investigator Award

2020 LCFA/BMS/ILCF Young Investigator Award Winner

Adrian Sacher

Dr. Adrian Sacher


Defining the tumor-myeloid axis as a key mechanism of PD1 inhibitor resistance and hyperprogressive disease in metastatic non-small cell lung cancer

Vincent Lam

Dr. Vincent Lam

United States

Enhancing the immune response in advanced ALK+ non-small cell lung cancer


Dr. Jon Zugazagoitia


Project Title: Resistance to PD-1 Checkpoint Blockade in NSCLC Induced by Tumor Cell CD127 (IL-7R) Expression: Validation, Functional Assessment and Targeted Therapeutic Strategies. University Hospital 12 de Octubre.

Dr. Triparna Sen

Dr. Triparna Sen

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center
United States

Project Title: Targeting Epigenetic Modifiers to Reactivate Anti-tumor Immune Response in Small Cell Lung Cancer 

Dr. Jarushka Naidoo | Johns Hopkins University, United States

Dr. Daniel Spakowicz | The Ohio State University, United States

Kathryn Beckermann | United States

Dr. Zoltan Lohinai | National Koranyi Institute of Pulmonology, Hungary

Lung Ambition Alliance Junior Faculty Research Grant for the Study of COVID-19 and Lung Cancer 2021 Winners

Mattia Boeri

Dr. Mattia Boeri

Fondazione IRCCS Istituto Nazionale Tumori Milano

Project Title: Monitoring the effects of Covid-19 pandemic in a lung cancer screening program

Jun-Chieh Tsay

Dr. Jun-chieh Tsay

New York University Medical Center
United States

Project Title: Tumor immunity and SARS-CoV2 in the lower airway

Jeremias Sulam

Dr. Jeremias Sulam

Johns Hopkins University
United States

Project Title: Modeling and Synthesis of COVID-19 positive Chest Radiographs & Computed Tomography Scans in Lung Cancer Patients via Deep Learning Generative Models

Amit Kulkarni

Dr. Amit Kulkarni

University of Minnesota
United States

Project Title: Risk factors and predictors of severe COVID-19 and mortality in patients with lung cancer

Addario Lung Cancer Foundation Young Investigator Award Winners

  • 2017: Evgeny Izumchenko | Johns Hopkins University, United States
  • 2016: Robin Mjelle | Norwegian University of Science and Technology NTNU, Norway

APLCC Fellowship Award Winners

  • 2016: Dr. Apichat Tantraworasin | Mount Sinai, Thailand
  • 2017: Dr. Piyada Sitthideatphaiboon | Chulalongkorn University and King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital, Bangkok, Thailand, United States

LCFA Fellowship Award Winners

  • 2019 Dr. Daniel Costa | Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, United States
  • 2010: Dr. Jessica Donington | New York University School of Medicine, United States
  • Dr. Geoffrey Liu | Ontario Cancer Institute, Princess Margaret Hospital, Canada

Free ME From Lung Cancer (FMFLC) and ILC Foundation (ILCF) Joint Fellowship Award for the Early Detection of Lung Cancer Winners

  • 2018: Dr. Eva Koziolek | UCLA, United States

Boehringer Ingelheim/ILCF Chinese Fellowship Award Winners

  • 2019: Mrs. Sumei Lu | Ohio State University Medical Center, United States
  • 2017: Professor Deshui Jia | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, China
    Dr. Shengxiang (Harry) Ren | University of Colorado, China
  • 2015: Yayi He | University of Colorado, United States
  • 2014: Dr. Xiangkun Han | Shanghai Instites for Biological Sciences, China
  • 2013: Dr. Lulu Yang | Guangdong General Hospital & Guangdong Academy of Medical Sciences, China

LCFA/ILCF Lori Monroe Fellowship in Translational Lung Cancer Research Winners

  • 2019: Dr. Haiying Cheng | Albert Einstein College of Medicine, United States
    Dr. Kellie Smith | Johns Hopkins University, United States
  • 2018: Dr. Alice Berger | Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, United States
    Dr. Christine Lovly | Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, United States
  • 2017: Dr. Carla Martins | University of Cambridge, United Kingdom
    Dr. Kellie Smith | Johns Hopkins University, United States

Prevent Cancer/ILCF Joint Fellowship Award Winners

  • 2019: Dr. Keshav Raj Paudel | University of Newcastle, Austalia
  • 2018: Dr. Md. Atiqur Rahman | Hunter Medical Research Institute (HMRI), University of Newcastle, Australia
  • 2015: Dr. Valsamo Anagnostou | Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins, United States
  • 2013: Dr. Patrick Forde | Johns Hopkins University, United States

ILCF John's Legacy Fellowship Award Winners

  • 2019: Dr. Tejas Patil | University of Colorado Denver, United States

Donate to Support Research

Donations from patients, caregivers, and those individuals passionate about accelerating the pace of lung cancer research, as well as from our organization and corporate partners, go directly to funding our Research Awards. These Research Awards provide early-career researchers with vital funding opportunities, fostering both tomorrow's lung cancer visionaries and milestones in patient care.