Program Spotlight - The Iris and Junming Le Foundation

Postdoctoral fellows represent the future of cancer medicine: They are young investigators who train at MSK under the guidance of renowned physicians and scientists — gaining the experience, knowledge, and skills necessary to lead tomorrow’s discovery.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Fellow Olga Guryanova

The Iris and Junming Le Foundation recognizes the importance of supporting the next generation of leaders. The Foundation’s Chairman, Dr. Junming Le, started his career as a visiting investigator and wanted to help other up-and-coming researchers learn to envision their work’s impact on patients. “I know from my time at Memorial Sloan Kettering,” said Dr. Le, “that there is no better place to perform translational cancer research. The quality of the researchers paired with the patient population offers unique opportunities to discover new treatments.”
The Foundation has made a generous commitment to support three promising postdoctoral fellows for two years in MSK’s Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program. With the Foundation’s support, these young scientists benefit from an outstanding training environment and multidisciplinary mentoring while establishing themselves as independent translational researchers. Dr. Le’s investment is already having an impact: The first Foundation-funded fellow received a prestigious NIH “Pathway to Independence Award” based on her work. “The Iris and Junming Le Foundation is proud to help aspiring researchers at MSK take the first step into lifelong scientific inquiry, “ said Dr. Le.