Center News Magazine: First Howard Scholar Named

Tuesday, February 8, 2005
Nicholas Tolwinski Nicholas Tolwinski

Developmental biologist Nicholas S. Tolwinski has been named Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s first Frank A. Howard Scholar.

The Frank A. Howard Fellows Program was created to provide talented and creative young scientists, who have just completed their PhD degrees, with an opportunity to establish independent research programs. The program provides mentoring by senior faculty in the Sloan Kettering Institute, and its funding allows fellows to establish their own laboratories, hire assistants, and obtain supplies and equipment. Scholars are appointed annually for up to five years.

It is a great honor to be chosen as the first Howard Scholar, and I hope to use the amazing resources that Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and the Scholars program are providing me with to advance my studies,” said Dr. Tolwinski, who received his PhD degree from Princeton University in 2004. “I plan to use genetic approaches and drosophila [fruit fly] models to study the underlying processes that lead to the formation of cancers [oncogenesis]. Specifically, I hope to establish a firm link between oncogenesis and metastasis. Understanding this linkage will hopefully allow the development of more targeted approaches to treatment, since the prevention of metastasis should help defend against many of the devastating effects of cancer.

The scholars program is named for Mr. Howard, who was instrumental in the founding of Sloan Kettering Institute and served as its president from 1950 to 1960. It was established with a bequest from the estate of his widow, Irma.