USF fellow earns national award for leukemia research

USF Clinical Fellow Kendra Sweet, MD, recently received the Special Fellow in Clinical Research Award from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for her work in chronic myelogenous (or myeloid) leukemia (CML).

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Dr. Sweet works in the Division of Hematology and Oncology under the direction of Ken Zuckerman, MD, professor of medicine and director of the USF Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program. Her mentor is Javier Pinilla-Ibarz, MD, PhD, associate member in the Department of Malignant Hematology at Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute.

The three-year award, which begins this July 1 and is renewable each year, could reach up to $195,000.

CML is a cancer of the white blood cells and a form of leukemia characterized by the unregulated growth of myeloid cells in the bone marrow and the accumulation of these cells in the blood.

Dr. Sweet, who earned her MD degree from the Virginia Commonwealth University and is currently working on her masters of medical science degree at USF, is joining the leukemia faculty at Moffitt in July when her fellowship is complete.