VAI Researcher Lands On Council

    GRAND RAPIDS — The American Association for Cancer Research has appointed a Van Andel Institute researcher to its Associate Member Council.

    Troy A. Giambernardi, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Cell Signaling & Carcinogenesis at the VAI, is one of only four scientists nationwide to be appointed to three-year council positions. He is one of 25 postdoctoral fellows on the institute’s staff.

    The AACR’s goal is to foster excellence in cancer research through collaborative initiatives in communications, education and training. His term begins in April.

    Dr. George Vande Woude, VAI director of research, said the appointment was a “tremendous accomplishment” for an early career scientist.

    The internationally renowned AACR is known for its excellent research and education programs and is dedicated to finding a cure for cancer, as is the VAI, Vande Woude said.

    “Dr. Giambernardi’s election to this leadership position will not only serve the AACR well, it will enhance the communication and cooperative efforts between VAI and the association,” he said.

    Giambernardi received both a Ph.D in molecular biology and a B.S. degree in biology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. He has been with the VAI since November 2000 studying how a group of proteins called Wnts and MMPs change when tumor cells grow.  

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