The David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MITThe David H. Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

National Cancer Institute Cancer Center

Science + Engineering... Conquering Cancer Together

Taking a Stand

Researchers in the field of cancer metabolism are working to identify how cancer cells fuel their growth, and how to use this process against the disease. For his work in this area, KI member Matthew Vander Heiden, the Eisen and Chang Career Development Professor, has received a $750,000 Innovative Research Grant from Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C). SU2C's Innovative Research Grants support early career scientists focused on high-risk projects. Vander Heiden was among ten researchers nationwide to receive the award this year. Vander Heiden’s project is focused on understanding the aspects of metabolism that are essential for the growth of lung, pancreatic, and prostate cancers. This work may lead to the identification of novel drug targets and thus new treatments.