Congratulations to Austin Dosch, MD on being awarded the 2019-2020 SUS Resident Research Scholar Award, sponsored by the SUS Foundation.
Mentor and SUS Member Sponsor: Nipun Merchant, MD
Dr. Dosch has completed three years of residency training in General Surgery at the University of California, Irvine, where he developed a strong interest in surgical oncology and hepatobiliary diseases. In the past two years, he has been working as a post-doctoral research fellow in the laboratory of his mentor, Dr. Nipun Merchant, at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. The lab is interested in elucidating the molecular mechanisms of therapeutic resistance in pancreatic cancer. Specifically, Dr. Dosch’s project is focused on how the pro-inflammatory cytokine interleukin-1 influences tumor-stromal interactions to promote resistance to cytotoxic chemotherapy. Receipt of this award from the SUS will help greatly in the goal to further understand the phenomenon of stromal-mediated therapeutic resistance in pancreatic cancer and also provide Dr. Dosch the important foundation to become the academic surgeon-scientist he aspires to be.