Texas Tech Awarded $2.5 Million Grant From Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas

The funds will be used to help attract leading cancer researcher Igor Sokolov to the university.



The Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) has announced a $2.5 million grant awarded to Texas Tech to help attract leading cancer researcher Igor Sokolov to the university. It is part of $114 million in funding to support cancer-fighting efforts in Texas.

Sokolov currently is a professor of physics at Clarkson University in New York, where he conducts extensive research using atomic force microscopy. He received his doctoral degree in physics from the D.I. Mendeleev Institute of Metrology in St. Petersburg, Russia.

“Dr. Igor Sokolov’s research in the early detection of cancer makes him an exceptional candidate to complement existing cancer research efforts at Texas Tech and Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center,” said Lawrence Schovanec, dean of Texas Tech’s College of Arts and Sciences. “He will be the first scientist in the state of Texas funded for an Investigators Performing Translational Research award and we are excited that he will be a faculty member of the College of Arts and Sciences and the department of physics.”

This award from CPRIT supports ongoing efforts by Texas Tech to recruit outstanding scholars engaged in interdisciplinary research that addresses state and national needs, Schovanec said.

“This is a wonderful example of our perseverance in pursuing a competitive funding opportunity in support of Dr. Sokolov’s start up and his translational scholarship in biomarker detection,” said Taylor Eighmy, senior vice president for research. “Dr. Sokolov is a fabulous senior hire for us. It is imperative that we continue to explore these competitive funding opportunities with CPRIT. The persistent hard work of Dr. Sokolov, Dean Schovanec and Dr. Michael San Francisco in my office over the last four or five months to see this through is to be commended and sets the stage for others like this as we grow the research enterprise at Texas Tech.”

This is the second CPRIT Award made to Texas Tech’s College of Arts and Sciences. The previous award was for a project “Implementation Clinical Practice Guidelines for Treating Tobacco Use and Dependence in Oncology and Primary Care” in the amount of $299,306 to Lee Cohen and Susan Hendrick in the department of psychology.

“Thus far, CPRIT’s Scholar in Cancer Research program has successfully recruited numerous outstanding cancer researchers to Texas, and we hope Dr. Sokolov will become the next,” said CPRIT Executive Director Bill Gimson. “I am eager to see the impact his research has on the Texas Tech community, the state of Texas and the global fight against cancer.”

CPRIT was established in 2007 by Texas voters to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in the state.

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Comprised of 16 departments and more than 400 tenured faculty members, the College offers a wide variety of courses and programs in the humanities, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics and natural sciences. Students can choose from 41 bachelor’s degree programs, 34 master’s degrees and 14 doctoral programs.

With just under 11,000 students enrolled, the College of Arts & Sciences is the largest college on the Texas Tech University campus.

In fall 2016, the college embarked upon its first capital campaign, Unmasking Innovation: The Campaign for Arts & Sciences. It focuses on five critical areas of need: attracting and retaining top faculty, enhancing infrastructure, recruiting high-potential students, undergraduate research and growing the Dean’s Fund for Excellence.



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