The award comes with $7,500 for research to be conducted in 2016.


Dr. Emma Rossi, assistant professor of gynecologic oncology, has been honored with a Junior Faculty Development Award from the University’s Committee on Faculty Research and Study Leaves.

The award comes with $7,500 to be spent between January and December 2016.

Dr. Rossi’s research – “Genomic profiling of lymph node metastases and their relationship with volume of endometrial cancer disease spread” – will be looking at patients who were enrolled in the FIRES trial, a clinical trial of sentinel lymph node mapping for endometrial cancer.

“Approximately one-third of node-positive patients from this trial have very low-volume metastatic disease in their sentinel lymph nodes. The clinical significance of this low-volume disease is unknown and has been called into question,” said Dr. Rossi. “This grant will fund research that will characterize the genomic profiles of tumors of patients with low- and high-volume nodal disease in an attempt to better understand the biology of low-volume metastases.”

Dr. Victoria Bae-Jump serves as co-researcher in the project and mentors the translational science behind the project. Dr. Stephanie Sullivan, gynecologic oncology fellow, is also a co-investigator.