PHILADELPHIA, PA (April 27, 2017) – Pooja Ghatalia, MD, a fellow in the Department of Hematology/Oncology at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has been awarded the Kidney Cancer Association Young Investigator Award. The award comes with a $50,000 grant, which Ghatalia will use to fund her proposed study entitled, “Characterization of Tumor Infiltrating Immune Cells and Development of Immune Gene Signature in Localized Clear Cell Renal Cell Carcinoma.”
The study is a continuation of work Ghatalia began during her medical residency. Her goal is to develop an immune gene signature to predict which patients with localized renal cancer may experience a recurrence. This marker would also help identify patients who might benefit from neoadjuvant immunotherapy for localized renal cancer.
“We are delighted for Pooja, and know this will be one of many awards she will earn as she builds a career treating and studying kidney cancer,” said Elizabeth Plimack, MD, chief of genitourinary medical oncology at Fox Chase, and a mentor to Ghatalia.
In 2016 Ghatalia presented an oral abstract at the ASCO Genitourinary Cancers Symposium. She is in the second year of a three-year fellowship at Fox Chase, and plans to specialize in renal cell carcinoma.