UC Davis Health surgeon and cancer researcher Sepideh Gholami was named the 2020 recipient of the Society of Surgical Oncologists Young Investigator Award. The research grant is awarded for innovative ideas designed to improve patient cancer care.
Gholami, an assistant professor of surgery, was given the award for a project that is investigating new tools for treating patients with colorectal liver metastases. By studying the immune response of patients’ tumors, she is developing more effective immunotherapeutic strategies.
She is the fifth recipient of the annual $25,000 grant since it was created in 2016. It is designed to promote translational science that brings scientific discoveries into clinical applications for cancer patients.
Gholami said her large team of mentors, led by Steven George, UC Davis professor and chair of Biomedical Engineering, was instrumental in developing the research.
“I’m very excited about this project and tremendously grateful of my mentors, who have expertise in bioengineering, immunology, molecular biology and surgical oncology,” she said. “One of the most unique aspects about this research experience is that we truly work as a team and learn from each other’s experience and perspective. I find that by using this multidisciplinary approach, our research is more comprehensive and focused on improving patient outcomes.”