Virginia Commonwealth University

VCU Massey Cancer Center

American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants

The American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grants (ACS-IRG) are awarded to junior faculty to pursue basic, pre-clinical, clinical and cancer-control research studies. These grants are intended for new investigators who are within six years of their first academic appointment.

Questions and the completed application package should be directed to:

Leigh Sprague
Grants Administrator
VCU Massey Cancer Center
P.O. Box 980037
Richmond, VA 23298-0037
Phone: (804) 628-3420
Fax: (804) 827-0810

ACS IRGs recently awarded at Massey:

The following researchers at VCU Massey Cancer Center have been awarded institutional research grants in the past.


  • Yue Sun, Ph.D - "A Novel Pathway Regulating the Sensitivity of Head and Neck Squamous Cell Carcinomas to Anti-EGFR Therapy”
  • Anthony C. Faber, Ph.D. - "EMT-mediated resistance to EGFR inhibitors through BIM suppression"
  • Daniel E. Conway, Ph.D. -  "Measurement of E-cadherin Mechanical Tensions During EMT-Induced Junction Disassembly"
  • Zheng Fu, Ph.D. - "Role of Polo-like Kinase 1 in Regulations of the Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transition and Invasion in Prostate Cancer"
  • Larisa Litovchick, MD, Ph.D. - The Role of DYRK1A in Regulation of the TSC Tumor Suppressor Pathway"
  • Joseph W. Landry, Ph.D. - "Structural Studies on the Chromatin Remodeling Complex NURF"
  • Qinglian Liu, Ph.D. - "Structural and functional studes of Hsp70 molecular chaperones"
  • David C. Wheeler, M.P.H., Ph.D. - "Development and assessment of statistical models of spatial-temporal cancer risk"
  • Keith C. Ellis, Ph.D. - "Development of Selective Inhibitors of AGC Subfamily Kinases"
  • Rebecca L. Heise, Ph.D. - "Primary Cilia Mechanical Signaling in Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer"
  • Christopher Lemmon, Ph.D. - "Fibronectin Mechanics and Signaling in the Tumor Microenvironment"
  • Zhenjun Lou, Ph.D. - "Molecular Expression for Regulation of Gene Expression by Telomeres"
  • Vasily Yakovlev, M.D., Ph.D. - "Chronic Inflammatory Levels of ROS/RNS Initiate Genetic Instability by Downregulation of BRCA1 Expression"
  • Zhibing Zhang, M.D., Ph.D. - "Sperm-Associated Antigen 6 in Ovarian Cancer"