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Sanaz Memarzadeh, M.D., Ph.D.
Research performed at: UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center
Specialty/Research Area: Obstetrics/Gynecology, Gynecologic Oncology
Award Year: 2016, 2015, 2011, 2018

Career Summary:  Dr. Memarzadeh is an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Division of gynecologic Oncology, at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. She is the director of the G.O. Discovery Laboratory and also a staff surgeon at the West Los Angeles Veterans Administration (VA) Hospital. She received her M.D. in 1996 from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. She did her internship and fellowship, as well as her Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, at UCLA. In addition to her STOP CANCER Awards, she was Alpha Omega Alpha at University of Pittsburgh.

Year STOP CANCER Award was received:  2018 Research Career Development Award, 2016 Margot Lansing Memorial Seed Grant, 2015 Miller Family Seed Grant, 2011 RCDA

Description of research performed:  Dr. Memarzadeh's lab is studying strategies that can overcome therapy resistance in ovarian and endometrial cancers.

Results of research:  Dr. Memarzadeh and her team have recently discovered why epithelial ovarian cancers relapse despite administration of standard chemotherapy.  They are now testing combination therapeutic approaches in the laboratory that can overcome this clinical problem.  One of the first of these therapeutic approaches is showing great promise and is moving into a clinical trial anticipated to launch in 6-9 months.

STOP CANCER is committed to funding the most promising and innovative scientists in their early research of all forms of cancer prevention, treatment, cures and subsequent clinical applications. STOP CANCER works primarily with local National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers and other qualified institutions in the United States to carry out its mission.

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