Georgetown Lombardi Fellow Receives Scholar Award at 2012 AACR Conference

April 27, 2012

Katherine Cook, PhD, a post doctoral fellow at Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, was one of only 30 researchers who received the honorable Women in Cancer Research Scholar Award at this year’s annual American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) meeting.

This award, provided by Merck Oncology and the William H. Prusoff Foundation, provides support to young investigators to attend the AACR Annual Meeting. With over 250 applicants and a highly-competitive selection process, Cook was selected to present her scientific paper at the meeting.

“Katherine has done some terrific work in trying to better understand the role of stress signaling in acquired resistance to endocrine treatments for breast cancer,” says Robert Clarke, PhD, a professor of oncology at Georgetown Lombardi who has worked closely with Cook. “Her most recent studies have shown, for the first time, a clear functional role for a particular stress response protein in regulating a cellular process known as autophagy, which may have a role in halting the progression of cancer.”

In addition to winning her a spot at this year’s meeting, Cook’s research on “Glucose-regulated protein 78 regulates crosstalk between apoptosis and autophagy to determine antiestrogen responsiveness,” won her first place in the Postdoctoral/Junior Faculty category at this year’s Lombardi Research Day.

Written By: Alaina Farrish
Georgetown Lombardi Communications