Greek-American Scientist Despina Siolas Receives Grant In Medical Oncology

Dr. Despina Siolas, MD, PhD, a medical oncologist at NYU Langone Health, recently received a Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), part of the National Institutes of Health.

This five-year research grant is the second such grant ever received at NYU Langone Health in the field of Medical Oncology.

The NCI Mentored Clinical Scientist Research Career Development Award provides financial support and “protected time” to non-tenured clinician-scientists who are at an early stage in their academic career for intensive cancer research.

Dr. Siolas has been working in the laboratory of Dr. Dafna Bar-Sagi, a world-reknowned expert in pancreatic cancer, for the last five years.

Her research grant is entitled “Investigating the non-cell autonomous immune effects of mutant p53 in pancreatic cancer.” Pancreatic cancer is projected to become the second leading cause of cancer-related death in the US by 2020.

In addition to her research, Dr. Siolas also actively treats her own cancer patients at NYU Langone’s Perlmutter Cancer Center, where she focuses on gastrointestinal oncology.

Her patients suffer from liver, colon, and esophageal cancer, as well as that of the stomach and gallbladder, but her particular area of interest is treating patients with pancreatic cancer.

Dr. Siolas is an active member of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, the American Medical Association, the American Association for Cancer Research and the Hellenic Medical Society of New York.

Dr. Siolas is a graduate of Stony Brook Medical School, and she completed her dissertation research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory.

She received her BS in Biology from St. John’s University and her high school diploma from Benjamin Cardozo High School.