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Kommagani receives American Cancer Society research grant

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Ramakrishna Kommagani, PhD

Ramakrishna Kommagani, PhD, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and a faculty member in the Center for Reproductive Health Sciences at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, has received a Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society. The American Cancer Society awards Research Scholar Grants to early-career scientists and faculty members.

The four-year, $792,000 grant will advance his study of endometrial cancer, research aimed at developing better treatments. Endometrial cancer, which starts in the lining of the uterus, is diagnosed in nearly 67,000 U.S. women each year.

“We are very grateful to the American Cancer Society for supporting our research,” said Kommagani, who also is a Siteman Cancer Center research member. “With this generous support, we’re better positioned to address important questions of endocrine-related cancers and discover additional tests and drugs needed for treatment. Collaboration is key to helping patients achieve the best possible outcome. That is absolutely the Siteman Cancer Center goal.”

Kommagani joined the School of Medicine faculty in 2016 after completing his postdoctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston in 2014. He received a PhD in biomedical sciences from Wright State University in Dayton, Ohio, in 2009.