Last month, Dr. Kendrick was awarded a 2013 Lymphoma Research Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship award to support her research of non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL).
The $105,000 grant will be used to support Dr. Kendrick’s ongoing research to determine the occurrence and clinical implications of various mechanisms for BCL2 and MYC oncogene over-expression in diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL), the most commonly diagnosed version of lymphoma, in order to identify patients that would benefit from targeted therapy.
“The project is two-fold,” Dr. Kendrick said. “We’re in the unique position to study high-risk patients, as well as to test new drugs that could target those key genes. This project takes us through the whole spectrum of identifying risk and trying to find a therapy for those patients.”
Dr. Kendrick’s cancer research also led to a major discovery in the BIO5 lab of Laurence Hurley, PhD, of a new class of drug receptors and a lead compound. Dr. Kendrick’s dissertation project, chemo-sensitization by modulation of BCL2 expression, provides a new molecular target for treatment of cancers such as lymphomas that have become resistant to chemotherapy.
Look for Dr. Kendrick to generate even more exciting, innovative research in the future.