Cancer Research Foundation

Congratulations to the Cancer Research Foundation grant recipients

Thank you to everyone who applied for the Thermo Fisher Scientific Cancer Research Foundation grants. Every day, cancer continues to devastate lives, so there is little room for waste or error in cancer research, which is why we launched this initiative to offer customers access to our most innovative technologies.

We are grateful to be able to partner with researchers to evolve more quickly than this tenacious disease and are happy to announce the winners of our latest grants.


Grant winners

Protein analysis

Dr. Nathan Wymer

Dr. Nathan Wymer from North Carolina Central University

“I am incredibly appreciative of this grant. My research lab is quite small, with only a single Master’s student who is about to defend her thesis, a new PhD student, and two undergraduate researchers. Any piece of equipment that can make our research easier and faster will have a tremendous impact on the pace of our research. Moving to the iBind automated blotting system will free up significant amounts of time for both my students and myself to create additional molecules for our research studies. We will also be able to exponentially increase both the number biomarkers and cancer cell types used in our research. We are primarily investing tumors that have metastasized into the brain but our research could so begin to study tumors originating there. I have also offered access to the iBind system to several faculty in the Department of Biological and Biomedical Sciences. As such, the benefits of the iBind system from this grant will be felt beyond my research lab.

This machine will not only improve our scientific output but will also give my students research experiences that they would not normally receive at similarly-sized universities. The overall scientific research trajectory is to increase the amount of automation within the labs in order to increase overall research productivity. As such, our graduates are going to need to be comfortable using these automated instruments. North Carolina Central University is an HBCU and therefore generally serves a student population that is demographically and economically different than the typical students that attend large, research-focused universities. Having access and experience using state-of-the-art automated equipment, like the iBind system, is going to be important for our students after graduation when they are competing for research positions or getting accepted into select graduate schools.

Thank you again to Thermo Fisher for this opportunity. The equipment will be well used.”

Gene expression

Dr. Maxime Blijlevens

Dr. Maxime Blijlevens from Amsterdam University Medical Center

“Winning the Clariom D Pico Assay Service allows our team to take the novel therapeutic targets we recently identified in lung cancer cells to a higher level by providing more mechanistic insight.”

Catalog # Name Size
Custom Service Clariom D Pico Assay Service, human or mouse 30 assays including processing services at Thermo Fisher Scientific and analysis support with Transcriptome Analysis Console Software

Real-time PCR/gene expression

Dr. Konrad Kubiński

Dr. Konrad Kubiński from The John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Poland

“Winning the Cancer Research Foundation Grant will induce a new branch of the research that is conducted at my lab. The QuantStudio 3 Real-Time PCR System I won will be employed in the project aimed at exploration of the genetic interactions between human cancer and fungi cells. On the one hand the device will improve our scientific facilities, and on the other hand it will be used during lab classes with biotechnology students.”

Protein analysis

Professor Veronica Noe

Professor Veronica Noe from the University of Barcelona

“Winning this grant from Thermo Fisher Scientific will have a significant impact on my ongoing research project. I am interested in evaluating the different Estrogen Receptor alpha proteins that could emerge from the different RNA variant for this gene in several breast cancer cells.  This characterization by Western blot assays could help us understand the different sensitivity of breast tumors to antiestrogens and set up the basis for a more specific therapy depending on the expressed variants.”

Apply for upcoming grants

For those who did not win a cancer research grant this time, we encourage you to apply for the next round of grants. Every three months we offer new research area bundles, so bookmark the main grant page and keep an eye out for new opportunities to apply for grants that fit your research needs.