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 2019 Research Recipients here.

The Development and Characterization of Cellular Models of Uveal Melanoma

Team Award
Principal Investigator: William Sellers, MD
Institution: Broad Institute, Inc.
Co-PI: Keith Flaherty, MD

Funded by Jonathan and Shelley Isaacson, Ted and Joan Newton, Mark Weinzierl and Amos Cader


Characterizing the Role of the Hippo Pathway During Melanoma Immunotherapy

Team Award
Principal Investigator: Genevieve Boland, MD, PhD
Institution: Massachusetts General Hospital (Mentor: Keith Flaherty, MD)
Melanoma Research Foundation Breakthrough Consortium – Bristol-Myers Squibb (MRFBC-BMS) Young Investigator Research Team Award to Advance the Field of Translational Immuno-Oncology


Identification of Src Family Kinases that Drive Resistance to Mutant BRAF Inhibition

Medical Student Award
Principal Investigator: Eliot Zhu
Institution: University of Iowa


Understanding Mechanisms of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Induced Colitis in Melanoma

Medical Student Award
Principal Investigator: Kyle Tegtmeyer
Institution: Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine


Elucidating the Role of AMPK Signaling in Melanoma Metastasis

Medical Student Award
Principal Investigator: Kristina Navrazhina
Institution: Weill Cornell Medical College


A Novel Chemoimmunotherapy for Cutanenous Melanoma Using Dissolvable Microneedle Arrays

Medical Student Award
Principal Investigator: Alicia Mizes
Institution: University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine
In honor of Nerissa Balland


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


Evaluating the Role of the COX2/PGE2 Pathway in Anti-Melanoma Immunity

Medical Student Award
Principal Investigator: Michelle Ferreira
Institution: Yale School of Medicine
Looney Legacy Foundation Medical Student Award


Geographic Analysis of Indoor Tanning Salon Clustering Around High Risk Communities

Medical Student Award
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Chen
Institution: Weill Cornell Medical College
The Craig P. Merkel and James K. Saunders Memorial Award


Society for Melanoma Research Young Investigator Award

Society for Melanoma Research Award
Principal Investigator: A. Hunter Shain, PhD
Institution:


Society for Melanoma Research Christopher J. Marshall Award

Society for Melanoma Research Award
Principal Investigator: Vito Rebecca, PhD
Institution:


Innovative Approaches for GNAQ/11 Mutant Characterization and Therapeutic Targeting

Pilot Proposal
Principal Investigator: Walter Fast, PhD
Institution: University of Texas at Austin
Made possible through the efforts of the MRF as well as the generosity of Jack Odell, John Dagres and their supporters.


A Novel Peripheral Blood Biomarker for Early Diagnosis of Uveal Melanoma

Career Development Award
Principal Investigator: Alison Skalet, MD, PhD
Institution: Oregon Health & Science University
Partially funded by the Philadelphia Wings of Hope for Melanoma Gala Fund-A-Grant


Network Rewiring in Melanoma Due to Transcription Factor Isoform Switching

Career Development Award
Principal Investigator: Gloria Sheynkman, PhD
Institution: Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Funded by the DC Wings of Hope for Melanoma Gala


Using the ESC-GEMM Approach to Study Mucosal Melanoma In Vivo

Career Development Award
Principal Investigator: Florian Karreth, PhD
Institution: H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Funded by The Cavan Foundation


In Vivo Model of Human Melanoma Using a Novel Neural Crest Chimera System

Established Investigator Award
Principal Investigator: Rudolf Jaenisch, MD
Institution: Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research