The Nikki Mitchell Foundation Seed Grant

In 2019, the Nikki Mitchell Foundation partnered with the Pancreas Club to award an annual $20,000 seed grant to a junior faculty member at the Pancreas Club Conference. Junior faculty members hold a Ph.D. degree and carry on active research in the labs under an independent researcher, and they are on the path to being independent researchers with their own research group. Because they don’t have their own research group, junior faculty members struggle to get grants for their research. NMF awards the annual seed grant to junior faculty members specifically so they can begin the process of obtaining grants for their own research groups.

2021 Seed Grant Winner:

Inhibiting the Educational Niche for Formation of Dissemination-Competent Cell
Populations in Pancreatic Adenocarcinoma

John C. McAuliffe MD, PhD

Montefiore Medical Center

2020 Seed Grant Winner:

Nerve Growth Factor Signaling in Intraductal Papillary Mucinous Neoplasms

Marcus CB Tan MBBS

Vanderbilt University

2019 Seed Grant Winner:

Targeting of Tumor Stroma to Enhance the Efficacy of Irreversible Electroporation (IRE)

Rebekah R. White MD & Jayanth Shankara Narayanan PhD

UCSD