The Cary Council is a group of young leaders dedicated to advancing the importance of early stage research, in support of Southwestern Medical Foundation and UT Southwestern. Thanks to the generosity of our members and the community, The Cary Council has awarded Early Stage Research Grants of $50,000 each to several emerging investigators at UT Southwestern, or “DocStars”. These grants have supported an array of research studies in the fields of breast cancer, genomic technologies, infectious disease, and other important areas.


Emily H. Adhikari, M.D.

Fighting infectious diseases in pregnancy and reducing the risk of other pregnancy complications

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Prasanna Alluri, M.D., Ph.D.

Building targeted therapies to overcome treatment-resistant breast cancer

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David Greenberg, M.D.

Addressing the global antibiotic resistance health crisis

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Samuel John, M.D.

Using innovative therapy approaches to improve cancer treatment for children

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Jacques Lux, Ph.D.

Helping treatment for childhood leukemia become more tolerable

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Chika Nwachukwu, M.D., Ph.D.

Developing safer and more effective treatment options for cervical cancers

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Olutoyosi Ogunkua, M.D.

Addressing life-threatening risks and complications during childbirth

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Luis Sifuentes-Dominguez, M.D.

Creating novel treatments for Inflammatory Bowel Disease

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Richard C. Wang, M.D., Ph.D. 

Helping solve the beginnings of skin tumors

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