The Society for Immunotherapy of Cancer honored Rahul Mirlekar, PhD, a postdoctoral research associate at UNC Lineberger, as a recipient of its 2019 Young Investigator Award.

Rahul Mirlekar, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at UNC Lineberger, recipient of 2019 Young Investigator Award
Rahul Mirlekar, PhD, postdoctoral fellow at UNC Lineberger.

The society honored Mirlekar at its 34th Annual Meeting, held Nov. 6-10 in National Harbor, Maryland. The meeting was expected to attract more than 4,000 researchers, clinicians, pharmacists and others to discuss the latest breakthroughs in the field of cancer immunotherapy.

Mirlekar was first author of an abstract, “IL-35+ B cells regulates anti-tumor immune response in pancreatic cancer,” that was accepted for a Rapid Oral Abstract Presentation and a 2019 Young Investigator Award at the meeting.

Mirlekar was one of 34 young investigators selected for the award, which was created to recognize excellence in new research and to provide early-career scientists with the experience they need to launch successful careers.

He works in the lab of UNC Lineberger’s Yuliya Pylayeva-Gupta, PhD, assistant professor in the UNC School of Medicine Department of Genetics.