H.O.W. announces Dr. Juan R. Cubillos-Ruiz, PhD, has been awarded the 2017-2020 Jacquie Liggett Fellowship

Dr. Cubillos-Ruiz is an Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology in the department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and the Sandra and Edward Meyer Cancer Center at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York. 

Harnessing the intrinsic ability of our immune system to eliminate malignant cells represents the most promising anti-cancer strategy since the development of chemotherapy. Immunotherapy is shifting the face of cancer treatment, but adverse microenvironmental conditions within ovarian tumors inhibit the protective activity of immune cells and thus represent an impediment to the success of this approach. New and more effective strategies are urgently needed in the clinic to re-arm the immune system against ovarian cancer.  We have discovered that immune cells in ovarian cancer are “stressed out” due to adverse factors and conditions that these tumors can produce. Our project’s central hypothesis is that stressed out immune cells inside the ovarian tumor are unable to execute their protective functions. To prove this, we will determine how ovarian cancer induces cellular stress in the immune system, and test whether disabling “stress sensors” in immune cells could be used as a novel immunotherapeutic approach for ovarian cancer.


Application for Jacquie Liggett Fellowship in Ovarian Cancer Research 

The Jacquie Liggett Ovarian Cancer Research Fellowship has been established for basic or translational research conducted in the United States with priority given to Florida. The Fellow can either be a Doctor of Medicine or a PhD.


The award will be given for $50,000 per year and the term of the Fellow's grant will generally be for two years with the possibility of a third year at the recommendation of the H.O.W. Medical Advisory Board.


If the Fellow presents at a recognized society, HOW will contribute $2,000 toward the expenses in addition. Every effort is to be made that the Fellow's primary location for research or for conducting business remains in Florida.


2020 Deadline & Award Period:

  • All applications must be submitted from February 15 - March 31, 2020

  • The recipient will be notified by April 15, 2020

  • Grant period:  July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021 academic year


Candidates must submit the following by email to the Chairman of the H.O.W. Medical Advisory Board, Robert C. Knapp, M.D. at robert_knapp_ma82@post.harvard.edu and Jennifer McGrath, H.O.W.'s director at Jennifer@howflorida.org. For questions, please call (561) 406-2109.


  • Candidates CV
  • Three letters of support
  • No more than a five page description of the proposed research and a defined budget. The proposal must be concise, based on prior sound research and demonstrate a valuable addition in our knowledge of ovarian cancer.
  • The Medical Advisory Board will review all applications and their decision is final. 
  • The work must be at a level that it can be submitted to a referee journal for publication. 
  • H.O.W. must receive appropriate acknowledgement of the work submitted for publication or presentation. 



Jennifer McGrath
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