Pilot Study Awards

Pilot Study Awardees

Each year we support multiple pilot studies with $75,000 each to pave the way for new avenues of ovarian cancer research and to expand our understanding of the disease.

  • 2020
  • 2019
  • 2018
  • 2017
  • 2016
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
  • 2012
  • 2011
  • 2010
  • 2009
  • 2008
  • 2007
  • 2006
  • Matjaz Barboric, PhD

    University of Helsinki
    2020 James A. Harting Pilot Study Award

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    Keith Knutson, PhD

    Mayo Clinic
    2020 Cookie Laughlin Pilot Study Award

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    Ilana Chefetz, PhD

    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
    2020 Lynda’s Fund Pilot Study Award

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    Joe Delaney, PhD

    Medical University of South Carolina

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    Hua Yu, PhD

    Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope
    2020 Karla Mooers Pilot Study Award

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    Matthew Wakefield, PhD

    The Walter & Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research
    2020 Rosser Family Pilot Study Award

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    Cassian Yee, MD


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    Elizabeth Smith, PhD

    University of Miami

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    Daniela Matei, MD

    Indiana University

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    Robert Jaffe, MD

    University of California

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    Daniela Dinulescu, PhD

    Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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    Hong Zhang, PhD

    Fox Chase Cancer Center

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    Cassian Yee, MD


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    Jill Slack-Davis, PhD

    University of Virginia

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    Shu-Wing Ng, PhD, BSc

    Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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    Lainie Martin, MD

    Fox Chase Cancer Center

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    Fang-Tsyr Lin, MD, PhD

    University of Alabama at Birmingham

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    Victor Levenson, MD, PhD

    Rush University Medical Center

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    Patricia Kruk, PhD

    University of South Florida

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    Zhiyong Ding, PhD

    University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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    Mark Poznansky, MD, PhD

    Massachusetts General Hospital

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    Kwong-Kwok Wong, PhD

    University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

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    Jason Wilken, PhD

    Yale University

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    Terry Van Dyke, PhD and Vickie Bae-Jump, MD, PhD

    University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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    Toshi Taniguchi, MD, PhD

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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    Alexander Nikitin, MD, PhD

    Cornell University

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    Mark Nachtigal, PhD

    University of Manitoba

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    Ilona Kryczek, PhD

    University of Michigan

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    Ingegerd Hellstrom, MD, PhD

    University of Washington

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    Mark Gavin, MD, PhD

    University of Minnesota

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    Faris Farassati, PhD, PharmD

    University of Minnesota

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    Heike Daldrup-Link, MD, PhD

    University of California San Francisco

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    Dusica Cvetkovic, MD

    Fox Chase Cancer Center

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    Henning Boldt, PhD

    Mayo Clinic

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    Xiaohong (Mary) Zhang, PhD

    University of South Florida

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    Elizabeth Swisher, MD

    University of Washington

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    Thomas Spies, PhD

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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    Anna deFazio, BSc (Hons), PhD

    University of Sydney

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    Christine Messineo Annunziata, MD, PhD


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    M. Robyn Andersen, PhD


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    Andrew Wilson, PhD

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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    Andre Lieber, MD, PhD

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center

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    Sandra Orsulic, PhD

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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    Stephen Howell, MD

    University of California San Diego

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    Xiaolong He, PhD

    University of Illinois

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    William Foulkes, PhD

    McGill University Health Center

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    Daniela Dinulescu, PhD

    Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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    Xuefang Cao, MD, PhD

    Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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    Resham Bhattacharya, PhD

    Mayo Clinic

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    Jian-Jun Wei, MD

    Northwestern University

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    Christine Walsh, MD

    Cedars-Sinai Medical Center

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    Barbara Vanderhyden, PhD


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    Kavita Shah, PhD


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    Janet Sawicki, PhD

    Lankenau Institute for Medical Research

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    Lupe Salazar, MD

    University of Washington

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    Carrie Rinker-Schaeffer, PhD

    University of Chicago

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    Daniel Powell, PhD

    University of Pennsylvania

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    Alexander Nikitin, MD, PhD

    Cornell University

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    Thuy-Vy Do, PhD

    Fox Chase Cancer Center

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    Daniela Dinulescu, PhD

    Brigham and Women’s Hospital

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    Karen Cowden Dahl, PhD

    Indiana University

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    Karen Abbott, PhD

    University of Georgia

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    Jeremy Stark, PhD

    Beckman Research Institute of the City of Hope

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    Meera Nanjundan, PhD

    University of South Florida

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    Fang-Tsyr Lin, MD, PhD

    Baylor College of Medicine

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    Ilona Kryczek, PhD

    University of Michigan

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    Lavakumar Karyampudi, PhD

    Mayo Clinic

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    Shelley Hooks, PhD

    University of Georgia

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    Heidi Gray, MD

    University of Washington

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    Tyler Curiel, MD, MPH

    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

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    Heather Cunliffe, PhD

    The Translational Genomics Research Institute

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    Matjaz Barboric, PhD

    University of Helsinki

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    Lin Zhang, MD

    University of Pennsylvania

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    Yunfei Wen, PhD

    University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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    Neveen Said, MD, PhD

    University of Virginia

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    Anirban Mitra, PhD

    Indiana University

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    Karen Lounsbury, PhD

    University of Vermont and State Agricultural College

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    Hani Gabra, PhD, FRCP

    Imperial College London

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    Hiu Wing Cheung, PhD

    Medical University of South Carolina

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    Dalibor Blazek, PhD

    Masaryk University

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    Matjaz Barboric, PhD

    University of Helsinki

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    Nuzhat Ahmed, PhD


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    Bin Zhang, MD, PhD

    Northwestern University

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    Kwong-Kwok Wong, PhD

    University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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    Steffan Nawrocki, PhD

    University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

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    Peter Kuhn, PhD

    University of Southern California

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    Mythreye Karthikeyan, PhD

    University of South Carolina

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    Stephen Howell, MD

    University of California San Diego

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    Carol Hanchette, PhD

    University of Louisville

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    Martin Cannon, PhD

    University of Arkansas for Medical Science

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    Tomer Shlomi, PhD

    Technion Research and Development Foundation

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    Lilie Lin, MD

    University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

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    Gokul Das, PhD, MPhil, MS

    Roswell Park Cancer Institute

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    Denise Connolly, PhD

    Fox Chase Cancer Center
    Pape Family Pilot Study Award

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    Andrew Wilson, PhD

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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    Varatharasa Thiviyanathan, PhD

    University of Texas Health Science Center Houston

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    Jill Slack-Davis, PhD

    University of Virginia

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    Erinn Rankin, PhD

    Stanford University
    Pape Family Pilot Study Award

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    Natasa Obermajer, PhD

    University of Pittsburgh

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    Iain McNeish, MD, PhD, FRCP

    University of Glasgow

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    Weei-Chin Lin, MD, PhD

    Baylor College of Medicine

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    Paul Goodfellow, MS, PhD

    Ohio State University

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    Andrea Facciabene, PhD

    University of Pennsylvania

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    Simon Chu, PhD

    Monash University

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    Ilana Chefetz, PhD

    University of Minnesota

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    Karen Belkic, MD, PhD

    Karolinska Institute

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    Fiona Yull, PhD

    Fiona Yull, D.Phil.

    Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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    Yunfei Wen, PhD

    University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center

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    Carlos Telleria, PhD

    Carlos Telleria, PhD

    McGill University

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    Fiona Simpkins, MD

    Fiona Simpkins, MD

    University of Pennsylvania

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    Rosana Risques, PhD

    University of Washington
    Pape Family Pilot Study Award

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    Richard Moore, MD

    Richard Moore, MD

    University of Rochester

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    Geeta Mehta, PhD

    Geeta Mehta, PhD

    University of Michigan

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    Neil Johnson, PhD

    Neil Johnson, PhD

    Fox Chase Cancer Center

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    Nadine Hempel, PhD

    Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

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    Alan D. D'Andrea, M.D.

    Alan D’Andrea, MD

    Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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    M. Robyn Andersen, MPH, PhD

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    2017 James A. Harting Pilot Study Award

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    Alice Soragni, Ph.D.

    University of California Los Angeles
    Lynda's Fund Pilot Study Award

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    Gianpietro-Dotti-Rivkin-Grant

    Gianpietro Dotti, M.D.

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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    Emanuela-Grassilli-Rivkin-Grant

    Emanuela Grassilli, Ph.D.

    University of Milano Bicocca

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    Steven M Jay, Ph.D.

    University of Maryland College Park

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    shannon-hawkins-rivkin-grant

    Shannon Hawkins, M.D., Ph.D.

    Indiana University

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    Pamela-kreeger-rivkin-grant

    Pamela K Kreeger, Ph.D.

    University of Wisconsin – Madison

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    alvaro-monteiro-rivkin-grant

    Alvaro Monteiro, Ph.D.

    H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute

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    John-Liao-Rivkin-Grant

    John Liao, M.D., Ph.D.

    University of Washington
    James A. Harting Pilot Study Award

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    Susan J Ramus, PhD

    The University of New South Wales

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    Dan Peer, Ph.D.

    Tel Aviv University

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    Angela Russo, Ph.D

    University of Illinois
    Marlys Cheney Pilot Award

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    Hui Zong, PhD

    University of Virginia

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    Wa Xian, PhD

    University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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    Amy Patrice Skubitz, PhD

    University of Minnesota Twin Cities
    Cookie Laughlin Pilot Study Award

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    Sachdev Sidhu, PhD

    University of Toronto

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    Keren Levanon, MD/PhD

    Sheba Fund for Health Service and Research

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    Christopher J. Kemp, PhD

    Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
    Seqouyah Electric Pilot Study Award

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    Adam R Karpf, PhD

    University of Nebraska Medical Center

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    Lana Kandalaft, PhD

    University Medical School Lausanne
    Dearborn Family Pilot Study Award

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    Cecil Han, PhD

    Georgetown University

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    Caroline Ford, PhD

    University of New South Wales
    James A. Harting Pilot Study Award

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    Pratip K Bhattacharya, PhD

    M.D. Anderson Cancer Center
    Rosser Family Pilot Study Award

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