June 20, 2019
UNC Lineberger presented three postdoctoral fellows with the Joseph S. Pagano Award to recognize their leadership of notable scientific publications. Kirsten Bryant, PhD, Ari Pani, PhD, and John Pryor, PhD, were selected through a competitive process for the honor, which comes with a $2,500 award. The three recipients will be formally recognized in a ceremony Sept. 4.
The Pagano Awards are named for Joseph Pagano, MD, UNC Lineberger director emeritus and Lineberger Professor of Cancer Research. Pagano was the founding director of the cancer center and its postdoctoral training program. Funded by a gift from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund, the awards were established in 2002 to recognize noteworthy papers authored by UNC Lineberger’s postdoctoral fellows and published in high-impact journals.
“These awards recognize the hard work of our postdoctoral researchers, who are leading important science to try to beat the deadliest cancers and help solve complex scientific problems,” said UNC Lineberger’s Brian Strahl, PhD, professor and Oliver Smithies Investigator in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, who chaired the award committee.
Bryant, who is now a research assistant professor in the Department of Pharmacology, was recognized for her work on a study published in Nature Medicine. She helped lead the study while working as a postdoctoral fellow in the lab of UNC Lineberger’s Channing Der, PhD, the Sarah Graham Kenan Distinguished Professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Pharmacology. The paper detailed findings for a possible new therapeutic strategy for pancreatic cancer that involves blocking the cancer cells’ energy source.