Honors & Accomplishments

MUSC Hollings Cancer Center researchers, doctors, and staff are routinely recognized by local and national organizations for their innovative research efforts, dedication to outstanding patient care, and leadership in the fight against cancer.

Ford to serve on SC Cancer Alliance board

Dr. Marvella FordMarvella Ford, Ph.D., associate director for Population Sciences and Cancer Disparities at Hollings, was elected to serve on the 2022-2024 South Carolina Cancer Alliance Board of Directors. The South Carolina Cancer Alliance, which serves as the state’s comprehensive cancer control coalition, is dedicated to preventing and detecting cancer early, as well as improving overall cancer outcomes. Ford has been instrumental in launching and overseeing community outreach initiatives at Hollings that seek to reduce cancer care disparities in South Carolina.

Cummings wins prestigious national award

Dr. Michael Cummings stands outsideMichael Cummings, Ph.D., is one of two scientists to win the annual Alton Ochsner Award Relating Smoking and Disease. Over the last 36 years, just over 55 scientists, researchers and industry leaders have been recognized with the prestigious award.

Wang receives melanoma research grant

Dr. Jen Wang stands in front of shelves of equipment in her lab

Haizhen (Jen) Wang, Ph.D., recently was awarded a three-year $225,000 Young Investigator grant from the Melanoma Research Alliance to further her research on activating T-cells to fight melanoma and testing new therapeutic strategies.

Lockhart to lead MUSC Hematology & Oncology

Dr. Craig Lockhart

Craig Lockhart, M.D., was recruited as the new chief of the Division of Hematology & Oncology in MUSC’s Department of Medicine and will also serve as associate director for clinical science at Hollings, effective April 1, 2021.

Klauber-DeMore recognized for academic innovation

Dr. Nancy Klauber-DeMore stands in her lab

In recognition of the lasting impact of her work on cancer patients, Hollings researcher Nancy Klauber-DeMore, M.D., was named as a 2020 fellow of the National Academy of Inventors (NAI). Induction into the NAI fellows program is the highest professional distinction accorded solely to academic innovators.

Carpenter named to NIH advisory council

Matthew Carpenter

Cancer Control program co-leader Matthew Carpenter, Ph.D., is joining an advisory council to Dr. Noni Byrnes, director of the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The council is tasked with providing critical input to the Center for Scientific Review on a variety of issues related to the NIH peer review process.

Blanco receives prestigious grant award for research

Jezabel R. Blanco works in her lab

Hollings researcher Jezabel R. Blanco, Ph.D., was one of only two recipients in the country to receive the inaugural Rally Career Development Award for Young Investigators in 2020. The $300,000 grant will be used to study a subgroup of pediatric brain tumors that are particularly deadly.