Sponsored by the Brigham & Women’s Hospital and USCAP

The Ramzi S. Cotran Young Investigator Award was established by the USCAP Board of Directors to recognize a body of investigative work which has contributed significantly to the diagnosis and understanding of human disease. This award is restricted to USCAP members who are under the age of 45 at the time the award is given and in good standing with USCAP for at least one year prior to receiving the award.

This important award is named after Dr. Ramzi S. Cotran, Past-President of USCAP, outstanding pathologist, person, and mentor. The award consists of a commemorative plaque and $5,000.

Selection Process

  • Application form, completed and signed by the applicant
  • Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  • Letter from a nominating sponsor (not necessarily a USCAP member) summarizing the nominee’s qualifications for the award
  • Supporting letter from an additional sponsor who must be a member of USCAP

Awardees are selected by The Ramzi S. Cotran Young Investigator Award Committee. Committee members rank the candidates and provide their assessment to the Committee Chair. USCAP Staff then presents the individual to the Board of Directors for ratification and subsequently notifies the winner and arranges for the plaque and check. The awardee does not have to be present at the Annual Meeting and travel funds are not included.

Young Investigator Award Committee

The Committee consists of five (5) members:

a) Three members of the Board of Directors (one of whom will serve as Chair)

b) Two at-large members not currently serving on the Board of Directors Appointed members serve two-year staggered terms and may not serve a second consecutive term.

The Executive Committee at its Annual Meeting makes appointments to this committee.

Fresia Pareja, MD, PhD

2024 Ramzi S. Cotran Young Investigator Award

Dr. Fresia Pareja is an Assistant Attending in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSKCC) in New York, where she combines the practice of diagnostic breast pathology and translational cancer research. She received her MD degree from the Universidad Catolica de Santa Maria in Peru and her PhD degree from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel. She completed a residency in Anatomic Pathology at the New York-Presbyterian Hospital/Columbia University and Oncologic Surgical Pathology and Breast Pathology fellowships at MSKCC in New York.

Dr. Pareja’s research focuses on i) endocytosis, ii) the molecular basis of special histologic subtypes of breast cancer, and iii) the intersection of germline and somatic genetic alterations in cancer. Her work has unveiled key roles for endocytosis-related genes as novel oncogenes and tumor suppressors, establishing a genetic link between endocytosis and oncogenesis. Furthermore, her research endeavors resulted in the discovery of cancer-causative mosaic mutations arising in embryogenesis. Her work has also significantly advanced our understanding of the genetic underpinning of the progression from ductal carcinoma in situ to invasive carcinoma and the molecular basis of special histologic subtypes of breast cancer, contributing to the refinement of the molecular taxonomy of breast cancer within the context of precision medicine. Dr. Pareja’s work has been published in high-impact journals such as Cancer Discovery, Annals of Oncology, Nature Communications, Clinical Cancer Research and the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. She has been the recipient of prestigious accolades, such as the NCI K12 Paul Calabresi Career Development Award for Clinical Oncology and the MSKCC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Inaugural Young Investigator Award.

Moreover, Dr. Pareja is dedicated to fostering excellence in our field and committed to grooming the next generation of translational researchers in Pathology. She previously served as the president of the Latin American Pathology Foundation and is presently a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Lobular Breast Cancer Alliance. In addition, she is also an influential lecturer, having participated as an invited speaker in numerous events in the United States, Latin America, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Previous Award Recipients

2023 Tjalling Bosse
2022 Peng Ji
2021 Lanjing “L.J.” Zhang
2020 David A. Solomon
2019 Laura D. Wood
2018 Lynette M. Sholl
2017 Anthony J. Gill
2016 Donna Hansel
2015 Charles Mullighan
2014 John Iafrate
2013 Celina Kleer
2012 Cristina Antonescu
2011 Shuji Ogino
2010 Jorge S. Reis-Filho
2009 Christine Lacobuzio-Donahue
2008 Anirban Maitra
2007 Arul M. Chinnaiyan
2006 Kojo S. J. Elenitoba-Johnson
2005 Marc Ladanyi
2004 Mark A. Rubin
2003 Julia A. Bridge
2002 Frederic G. Barr
2001 Ralph Hruban
2000 Mary Sunday
1999 Lawrence M. Weiss
1998 Cheryl L. Willman
1997 Christopher D.M. Fletcher
1996 James R. Downing