DoD awards $1.3 million to UTSW investigators for kidney cancer research

April 21, 2022
Discovery, Education, Research
Gopinath Prakasam, Ph.D.
DoD awards more than $1.3 million in kidney cancer research funding to UTSW investigators Peter Ly, Ph.D., and Gopinath Prakasam, Ph.D., awarded
Peter Ly, Ph.D.

Two UTSW Kidney Cancer Program investigators have been awarded more than $1.3 million in research funding from the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Kidney Cancer Research Program.

Peter Ly, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pathology and Cell Biology, received an Early Career Investigator Award for $1,189,000 to explore how recurrent chromosomal abnormalities drive the development of clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC), the most common form of kidney cancer.

Gopinath Prakasam, Ph.D., a Postdoctoral fellow with the Brugarolas Lab, received a Concept Award for $123,000 to assess a novel therapeutic approach against translocation renal cell carcinoma (tRCC) a rare and highly aggressive subtype of kidney cancer largely found in children and young adults.