Funded Research

The MRF has funded millions of dollars in melanoma research since 1998.

The Melanoma Research Foundation is proud to award research grants supporting the study of melanoma prevention, diagnosis and treatment across the spectrum of the disease, including cutaneous, ocular and mucosal melanoma. These include the following:

  • Team Awards (established in 2014) - Two-year awards, up to $250,000 per year
  • Established (Senior) Investigator Awards (established in 2006) - Two-year awards, up to $100,000 per year
  • Career Development (Junior) Awards (established in 1998) - Two-year awards, up to $50,000 per year
  • Medical Student Awards (established in 2011) - One-year awards, up to $3,000
  • Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Awards (sponsored by the MRF since 2013) - One-year awards, $5,000 per year
  • Society for Melanoma Research Christopher J. Marshall Award (sponsored by the MRF since 2015) - One-year awards, $5,000 per year

View a summary of the 2018 Research Recipients here.

Adipocyte-derived Lipids as Drivers of Endoplasmic Reticulum (ER) Stress and Invasion in Melanoma

Medical Student Award
Principal Investigator: Dianne Lumaquin
Institution: Weill Cornell Medical College


Enhancing Immune Checkpoint Therapy by Targeting Protein Deglycosylation in Melanoma

Medical Student Award
Principal Investigator: Victor Lin
Institution: UNT Health Science Center - Texas College of Osteopathic Medicine
In honor of Antoni Ribas, MD at UCLA Medical Center


Characterizing Trends in Utilization of Mohs Micrographic Surgery for Melanoma in the United States

Medical Student Award
Principal Investigator: Michael Lee
Institution: Eastern Virginia Medical School
Randy Lomax Memorial Medical Student Award


Understanding Skin Rash Secondary to Checkpoint Inhibitor Immunotherapy

Medical Student Award
Principal Investigator: Cory Kosche
Institution: Rush Medical College
Joyce Dubin Hinkes Medical Student Award


Determining Mechanisms of Enhanced Anti-Tumor Efficacy of Briefly Expanded Th17 Cells for Melanoma

Medical Student Award
Principal Investigator: Hannah Knochelmann
Institution: Medical University of South Carolina
Looney Legacy Foundation Medical Student Award