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Support Women-Led Research

With Kentucky leading the nation in cancer deaths each year, members of Markey Women Strong are a generous group of donors with a unique focus—to fund women-led cancer research at UK Markey. When you join with a membership contribution of $1,000, you support female researchers working to unlock
the mysteries of cancer through two grants of $50,000 each.

Every year Markey Women Strong members review proposals and, through a voting process, award $100,000. During the year, grant recipients update members—giving you an exclusive look at the latest in cancer research, and how your donations are fueling groundbreaking discoveries right here in Kentucky.

4 Years

Markey Women Strong members have been funding cancer research since 2017.

100 Members

Together, these donors fuel the fight against cancer by supporting life-changing research.

8 Grantees

Female researchers are advancing cancer treatments and improving patient care.

$400,000

Member generosity demonstrates their commitment to beating cancer in Kentucky.

"THE BEST HOPE A CANCER PATIENT HAS IS GOOD RESEARCH"

- DR. ED ROMOND

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“When a patient doesn’t respond well to their cancer care plan, it’s up to the oncologist to make a decision about which new treatment to pursue. Research allows our oncologists to have more options in caring for our patients.”

Dr. Kathleen O’Connor

Grant Recipient, Markey Women Strong

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“As a member of Markey Women Strong, I feel privileged to have the unique opportunity to financially support women dedicated to cancer research. I also appreciate the opportunity Markey Cancer Center has provided to educate me about the specific areas of cancer research the women are pursuing. It has and continues to be a win win experience.”

Pat Gradek

Member, Markey Women Strong

Grant Recipients

Markey Women Strong is proud to support the following researchers and their work to advance cancer prevention and treatment.

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Teresa Fan, PhD | 2020

Professor, Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, College of Medicine
Research Focus: Uncovering Plasma Exosomal Lipid Patterns for Early Detection of Pancreatic Cancer

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Kate Zaytseva, PhD | 2020

Assistant Professor (tenure track), Department of Toxicology and Cancer Biology, College of Medicine
Research Focus: Lipid Metabolism as a Therapeutic Target for Colorectal Cancer

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Tianyan Gao, PhD | 2019

Professor, Dept. of Molecular & Cellular Biochemistry, College of Medicine
Research Focus: Study of Metabolic Interactions in Obesity Associated Colon Cancer

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Eva M. Goellner, PhD | 2019

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Toxicology & Cancer Biology, College of Medicine
Research Focus: DNA Mismatch Repair in Chemotherapy Resistance

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Sally R. Ellingson, PhD | 2018

Assistant Professor, Dept. of Biomedical Informatics, College of Medicine
Research Focus: Computational Methods that Predict Drug Interactions

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Kathleen O’Connor, PhD | 2018

Associate Director of Cancer Education, UK Markey Cancer Center
Research Focus: Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

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Rina Plattner, PhD | 2017

Professor, Dept. of Pharmacology and Nutritional Sciences
Research Focus: Melanoma Metastasis and Therapeutic Resistance

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Kathleen O’Connor, PhD | 2017

Associate Director of Cancer Education, UK Markey Cancer Center
Research Focus: Triple-Negative Breast Cancer

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Join Markey Women Strong

As a member of Markey Women Strong, you’ll fund groundbreaking research on cancer prevention, treatment and patient care. Join today and make a significant impact in the fight against cancer.