Sean Collins, assistant professor of microbiology and molecular genetics in the UC Davis College of Biological Sciences, has received a Kimmel Scholar Award from the Sidney Kimmel Foundation. Collins is one of 15 cancer researchers nationwide selected for the award.
Collins was recognized for his research on how immune cells navigate to find sites of infection within the body, and how this process can be used for cancer therapy. He will receive $200,000 over two years to support his research, which will focus on engineering strategies to lead immune cells to tumor sites.
“I’m very honored to be named a Kimmel Scholar,” Collins said. “The Sidney Kimmel Foundation has done a tremendous amount to promote cancer research, and this award will have a big impact in helping me launch my career in the field.”
The award is part of the Kimmel Scholars Program, which supports young cancer investigators by funding innovative research aimed at finding cures. A medical advisory board consisting of 14 renowned cancer physicians and scientists selected the scholars from across the country.
“Professor Collins is a rising young star in cell biology with a bright future,” said Wolf-Dietrich Heyer, professor and chair of the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics. “His focus on immune cells will provide the underpinning for novel approaches harnessing the body’s immune system in anti-cancer therapy.”