UFHCC Predoctoral Awards

The UF Health Cancer Center is seeking applications for the UFHCC Predoctoral Awards, awarded annually to up to five graduate students. These awards are intended to recognize and support outstanding predoctoral candidates who are conducting innovative cancer research.


The award allots a total of $10,000 to the recipient for a one-year period: $8,000 for lab/research supplies and $2,000 for travel expenses for the student.


  • Applicants must have passed the Ph.D. qualifying exam within the last 15 months
  • Applicant’s mentor must be a member of the UF Health Cancer Center and hold cancer-focused extramural funding
  • Applicants must be in a UF graduate program with a project clearly focused on cancer

UFHCC Predoctoral Awards

Congratulations to our 2020 Predoctoral Awardees!

Chandler Callaway
Biomedical Sciences Program – Cancer Biology

Mentor: Andrew Judge, Ph.D.

Dissertation Title: “CXCL-CXCR2 Signaling Contributes to Muscle Wasting and Dysfunction During Pancreatic Cancer Cachexia

Yang Feng
Biomedical Sciences Program – Pharmacology & Therapeutics

Mentor: Olga Guryanova, M.D., Ph.D.

Dissertation Title: “Clonal Hematopoiesis (CH) Impacts Colon Cancer by Modifying Anti-Cancer Immunity

Amanda Kastrinos
Mass Communication Program

Mentors: Carma Bylund, Ph.D., and Carla Fisher, Ph.D.

Dissertation Title:“Parental disclosure, uncertainty, and disease trajectory in the coping experience of emerging adult cancer caregivers

Kelton Schleyer
Clinical Pharmaceutical Sciences Program – Medicinal Chemistry

Mentor: Lina Cui, Ph.D.

Dissertation Title: “Development of an Imaging Toolkit for Heparanase Enzymatic Activity

Vrunda Trivedi
Biomedical Sciences Program – Cancer Biology

Mentor: Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D.

Dissertation Title: “A Novel T-cell Engineering-based Immunotherapy Approach to Improve Antigen-mediated Response in the Tumor Microenvironment

Zachary Wakefield
Biomedical Sciences Program – Cancer Biology

Mentor: Dietmar Siemann, Ph.D.

Dissertation Title: “The Physiologic Effects of Aerobic Exercise on Tumor Growth, Metastasis and Normal Tissue Toxicity to Chemotherapy

Please email any questions to Education@cancer.ufl.edu.