Jackson Lab cancer research wins $2.7 million award

Posted Oct. 01, 2010, at 6:13 a.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 12:07 p.m.

BAR HARBOR, Maine — Jackson Laboratory says one of its scientists is receiving $2.7 million over five years for his cancer research.

Chengkai Dai is a recipient of this year’s National Institutes of Health New Innovator Award.

The New Innovator Award program is designed to support the research ideas of unusually creative investigators early in their careers.

Dai joined The Jackson Laboratory at the end of 2008. He studies a family of proteins, called heat shock proteins, that normally protect healthy cells from environmental stress. In cancer, however, the proteins change allegiance and instead help to protect cancer cells, allowing them to grow and divide very rapidly.