Shoulders receives Ellison Foundation Research Scholar Award from the American Cancer Society

Danielle Randall
June 28, 2018

Whitehead Career Development Associate Professor Matthew D. Shoulders has recently been awarded a Research Scholar Grant from the American Cancer Society in support of his project, “New Connections: Stress, Proteostasis, Sugars, and Cancer”. The grant was made possible through the efforts of the Ellison Foundation, whose pioneering support for cancer care and research includes much needed capital support for the investment of cancer facilities, and will provide funding of roughly $800K over the next four years.

Selection for Research Scholar Awards is rigorous and intended to fund only the best science and the best scientists and health care professionals.

The mission of the American Cancer Society is to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. The Society’s Extramural Research program invests in outstanding science across the cancer contiunuum. Shoulders joins a select group of scientists and healthcare professionals who have received grants from the Society over the last 70 years. 

The goals of the Shoulders Lab are to understand how protein folding problems are solved in living systems and to discover mechanism-based strategies that can correct pathological protein misfolding. In pursuit of these objectives, they develop and apply new chemical genetic and biochemical methods to elucidate important folding challenges and to illuminate how the interplay between biophysics and cellular proteostasis shapes protein evolution.