Meet the Researchers You Help Fund



2016 Miles for Moffitt Grant Winners and Areas of Study


Cancer Epidemiology

  • Dr. Alvaro Monteiro
  • Dr. Anna Giuliano


Chemical Biology and Molecular Medicine

  • Dr. John Koomen with Dr. Keiran Smalley
  • Dr. Nupam Mahajan


Immunology Program

  • Dr. Frederick Locke
  • Dr. Shari Pilon-Thomas


Health Outcomes and Behavior/Cancer Epidemiology

  • Dr. Gwen Quinn with Dr. Matthew Schabath


Q&A with Moffitt researchers Gwendolyn Quinn, PhD, and Matthew Schabath, PhD


Q: Why is Moffitt that the best place for you to be performing your research?
A: Moffitt has the infrastructure, support, and collaborators needed to successfully perform our research.


Q: Looking at your work, and at the research taking place at Moffitt in general, what are you most excited about? What do you find most promising?
A: We are most excited about building our on previous LGBTQ pilot studies that were Florida and Moffitt-centric and expanding to nation-wide studies. The opportunity to have an impact on reducing health disparities in the LGBTQ community is rewarding.

Q: In layman’s terms, can you explain your most important current or recent research?
A: Our work is identifying health disparities and barriers to care among LGBTQ populations. Our goal is to improve communication and plan to reduce these disparities through increased understanding of the barriers and facilitators pertaining to disclosure of sexual orientation and gender identity status among the LGBTQ community and improve knowledge, and attitudes of health care providers about the LGBTQ population and their cancer prevention and care needs.

Q: Can you speak about any occasion where you were able to see how your research helped a particular patient in his or her fight against cancer?
A: Our research is just in its infancy but we have anecdotal evidence from our clinical collaborator, Dr. Julian Sanchez, whereby members of the LGBTQ population have been positively impacted by our research.

Q: What would you like to say to the donors who support your work, and why is their continued support so important?
A: Our understudied, and often underappreciated area of research, has the potential to not only make an impact on patient care and outcomes, but this line of research has the potential to place Moffitt as a national and international leader in LGBTQ research.