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 2020 Research Recipients here.

Understanding Mechanisms of Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Induced Colitis in Melanoma

Medical Student Award 2019
Principal Investigator: Kyle Tegtmeyer
Institution: Northwestern Feinberg School of Medicine


Elucidating the Role of AMPK Signaling in Melanoma Metastasis

Medical Student Award 2019
Principal Investigator: Kristina Navrazhina
Institution: Weill Cornell Medical College


A Novel Chemoimmunotherapy for Cutanenous Melanoma Using Dissolvable Microneedle Arrays

Medical Student Award 2019
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 2019
Principal Investigator: Dianne Lumaquin
Institution: Weill Cornell Medical College


Enhancing Immune Checkpoint Therapy by Targeting Protein Deglycosylation in Melanoma

Medical Student Award 2019
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 2019
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 2019
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 2019
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 2019
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 2019
Principal Investigator: Rebecca Chen
Institution: Weill Cornell Medical College

The Craig P. Merkel and James K. Saunders Memorial Award