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Kounosuke Watabe, Ph.D., in his laboratory
Portrait of Kounosuke Watabe, Ph.D.
Portrait of Dr. Sarvesh Jajoo

May 13, 2011

SIU Med School Receives Two Federal Grants

Two research scientists at Southern Illinois University School of Medicine in Springfield have been awarded grants by the Department of Defense U.S. Army Medical Research to study prostate cancer.  The grants total $218,121.   

Kounosuke Watabe, Ph.D., professor of medical microbiology, immunology and cell biology and member of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU, was awarded a one-year grant to investigate recurrent metastatic prostate cancer.  The total budget for his project is $108,996.  The goal of the research is to understand the molecular mechanism of dormancy and recurrence in prostate cancer in order to define specific targets for treatment and prevention of recurrent disease.

Dr. Sarvesh Jajoo, Ph.D., a postdoctoral fellow in pharmacology at SIU, is the principal investigator for a one-year grant to study the mechanisms of metastasis in prostate cancer. 

The total budget for the project is $109,125.  Jajoo is working in the laboratory of Vickram Ramkumar, Ph.D., associate professor of pharmacology and a member of Simmons Cancer Institute at SIU.  Their research will examine suppression of the formation of new lymph vessels in and around a tumor.  The goal is to improve understanding of the mechanisms involved in metastasis of prostate cancer cells and investigate a new drug treatment for the disease.

Watabe joined the SIU faculty in 1985.  He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona in Tucson (1985).  He earned his doctoral, master’s and bachelor’s degrees at Kyoto University in Japan (1981, 1978, 1976).

Jajoo has continued his studies at SIU after earning his doctorate in pharmacology at SIU (2006).  He completed an internship and earned his medical degree at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Medical College in India (2001).