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Dr. Ajay Singh, professor of Oncologic Sciences at USA Mitchell Cancer Institute, is the recipient of the 2016 Mayer Mitchell Award for Excellence in Cancer Research.
The award, presented November 3, is given annually to a promising scientist at MCI upon the recommendation of a faculty committee. The unrestricted award of $10,000 may be used for any research purpose other than salary enhancement. It was established in 2009 by USA Trustee Arlene Mitchell in memory of her husband, the late Mayer Mitchell, a Mobile businessman, philanthropist, longtime USA trustee and a formative figure in the establishment of MCI.
Dr. Singh is director of the Cancer Health Care Disparities Research Program at MCI. His laboratory primarily focuses on the molecular mechanisms involved in cancer progression and chemoresistance, and the development of novel mechanism-based approaches for cancer therapy and prevention.
“Dr. Singh is an outstanding scientist and team player,” said Dr. Laurie Owen, associate director of basic and translational research. “As the founding director of the Health Disparities Research program, he is driving important and exciting research that could ultimately lead to improved cancer outcomes in underserved populations.”
He received his Ph.D. in Life Science from Devi Ahilya University, India, and postdoctoral training in Cancer Biology at UNMC/Eppley Cancer Institute in Omaha, Nebraska. He has received numerous honors and awards, both in India and the U.S., for his scientific accomplishments. Research programs in his laboratory have been supported through funding from the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute and U.S. Department of Defense. He is co-founder of Tatva Biosciences and has been involved in six invention disclosures and four patent applications.
He also serves as a co-investigator on a NSF-MRI project that established TEM core facility at the university to benefit ongoing research programs and the training of next-generation biomedical engineers and research professionals.
Dr. Singh actively serves on DOD and NIH study sections, and has been on the review panel boards of other national and international funding agencies, and private foundations that provide support for cancer research. He recently was awarded the university’s 2016 Russell and Robin Lea National Alumni Excellence in Faculty Innovation Award along with his wife and fellow cancer researcher Dr. Seema Singh.
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