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Patient Care and Research

ASTRO Grants and Fellowships Program Recipients

ASTRO funds novel research projects and offers research training fellowships in alignment with our strategic goal to retain and foster the intellectual research talent currently entering the field of radiation oncology. These opportunities help to advance the scientific careers of junior investigators, promote mentorship, and support research efforts to improve patient care and health outcomes. 

Congratulations to the 2021 ASTRO Grants and Fellowships Program recipients!

ASTRO Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Seed Grant

  • Investigator: Chidinma Anakwenze, MD, MPH
  • Mentors: Kathleen Schmeler, MD; Surbhi Grover, MD, MPH 
  • Institution: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
  • Project Title: Expanding the Role of Public-Private Partnerships for Radiotherapy Acquisition in Nigeria

ASTRO Residents/Fellows in Radiation Oncology Research Biology Seed Grant

  • Investigator: Diana Shi, MD
  • Mentors: William Kaelin Jr., MD; Daphne Haas-Kogan, MD; Samuel McBrayer, PhD
  • Institution: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Project Title: Identifying Metabolic Drivers Controlling Cell State Transitions in Glioblastoma   

ASTRO-AAPM Physics Residents/Postdoctoral Fellows Seed Grant

  • Investigator: Devin Miles, PhD
  • Mentors: John Wong, PhD; Mohammad Rezaee, PhD
  • Institution: Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
  • Project Title: Proton FLASH Radiation Therapy of Uveal Melanoma: Design, Implementation, and In vivo Validation

ASTRO-BCRF Career Development Award to End Breast Cancer

  • Investigator: Chelain Goodman, MD, PhD
  • Mentors: Wendy Woodward, MD, PhD; Anthony Lucci, MD
  • Institution: The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
    Project Title: Circulating Tumor-Derived Material as a Surrogate Biomarker for Radiotherapeutic Efficacy in Breast Cancer

ASTRO-MRA Young Investigator Award in Radiation Oncology

  • Investigator: Zachary Buchwald, MD, PhD
  • Mentors: Rafi Ahmed, PhD; Walter Curran, Jr., MD
  • Institution: Emory University
  • Project Title: Enhancing an Abscopal Response by Elucidating the Role of Stem-like T-cells

ASTRO-PCF Career Development Award to End Prostate Cancer

  • Investigator: Julian HongMD, MS
  • Mentors: Felix Feng, MD; Atul Butte, MD, PhD; Thomas Hope, MD
  • Institution: University of California, San Francisco
  • Project Title: Artificial Intelligence Approaches for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Oligometastatic Prostate Cancer 

ASTRO-Industry Radiation Oncology Research Training Fellows 

ASTRO-AstraZeneca Radiation Oncology Research Training Fellowship 

  • Fellow: Andrew Frankart, MD
  • Mentor: Vinita Takiar, MD, PhD
  • Institution: University of Cincinnati Medical Center 

ASTRO-AstraZeneca Radiation Oncology Research Training Fellowship 

  • Fellow: Andrew Kopecky, MD, PhD
  • Mentors: Kathryn Huber, MD, PhD; David Mayhew, MD, PhD
  • Institution: Tufts Medical Center  

ASTRO-Varian Radiation Oncology Research Training Fellowship 

  • Fellow: Simeng ZhuMD
  • Mentor: Indrin Chetty, PhD, MS
  • Institution: Henry Ford Health System 

Past Awardees