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PA Breast Cancer Coalition Awards $100,000 Grant to Mauricio Reginato, PhD

May 2, 2023

On Thursday, April 27, 2023, the PA Breast Cancer Coalition (PBCC) presented a $100,000 grant to Mauricio Reginato, PhD, professor and interim chair in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and director of the Graduate Program in Cancer Biology.

Grant recipient Mauricio Reginato with Pat Halpin-Murphy, Kenny Simansky and Joanne Grossi
Mauricio Reginato, PhD, with PBCC President and Founder Pat Halpin-Murphy, Senior Vice Dean for Research Kenny Simansky, PhD, and PBCC Executive Vice President Joanne Grossi, MIPP

Dr. Reginato, a 2015 PBCC grant recipient, and his team plan to use the grant to study breast cancer that has spread of metastasized to the brain. Brain metastases develop when cancer cells spread from a primary breast tumor to the central nervous system. His research will focus on examining new pathways that regulate how cancers survive in the brain and testing new drugs to see if they will kill the cancer cells without toxicity.

Members of Mauricio Reginato's laboratory
Reginato Lab members Allie Talarico, Drexel undergraduate biology student; Vidhi Shah, MS in Cancer Biology student; Alexej Deck, PhD, research assistant professor of biochemistry and molecular biology; Mauricio Reginato, PhD, professor and interim chair of biochemistry and molecular biology; Giang Le Minh, Biochemistry PhD candidate; and Emily Esquea, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics PhD candidate

The PA Breast Cancer Coalition has awarded over $5 million in grants to outstanding researchers in Pennsylvania. Learn more at