The Grabowska Lab
The Grabowska Lab


March 28, 2021

Good luck to Jagpreet who is off to join Dr. Leigh Ellis at Cedars-Sinai as a postdoc!

December 10, 2020

Our collaborative paper with the Neilson group on microbial metabolites in bladder cancer was accepted for publication at Nutrition and Cancer: An International Journal

October 30, 2020

Congratulations to honorary lab member Tawna Mangosh who was voted Graduate Student of the Year in the CWRU Pharmacology Department! Also a big congrats to Sarah Kohrt who won Best Presentation at the annual Pharmacology Retreat! Crushing it!

October 23, 2020

Congratulations to honorary lab member Tawna Mangosh whose paper was accepted at Molecular Cancer Research!

October 2, 2020

Congratulations to Sarah whose first first author paper was accepted for publication at Molecular Cancer Therapeutics!  

September 23, 2020

New preprint! This is a nice collaborative project between the Grabowksa, Kay, and Neilson labs, exploring the effect of flavanol microbial metabolites on bladder cancer cells.

July 21, 2020

Jagpreet's paper is now published in The Prostate! Check it out here!

May 11, 2020

Congratulations to Jagpreet whose paper was accepted at The Prostate!

May 4, 2020

Congratulations to Sarah who has been awarded a spot on the Molecular Therapeutics Training Program T32! 

April 24, 2020

A big thank you to the NIDDK for selecting our two-year opportunity pool pilot application with the Pittsburgh O’Brien Center for funding! Over the next two years, we will be evaluating how loss of NFIB in the normal prostate results in increased proliferation of epithelial and stromal cells, immune cell infiltration, and induction of fibrosis. We will also be correlating NFIB loss in patient tissues with these histologic changes. We are excited to get this work started! 

May 1, 2020

Paper published! Congratulations to Petra and all the authors! Here is a link to our paper on OPN in BPH

April 1, 2020

New preprint! This is a nice collaborative project between the Taylor and Grabowska labs on telomere maintenance mechanisms in castration-resistant prostate cancer, led by Taylor lab graduate student Tawna Mangosh. A staggering amount of work and some really neat science!

March 29, 2020

Paper accepted! A big congratulations to Petra, whose paper on the cytokine osteopontin in BPH was accepted for publication at The Prostate.  

March 27, 2020

New preprint! Congratulations to first and second authors Sarah and Wisam for their hard work in these studies identifying and validating drivers of enzalutamide resistance in vitro


February 18, 2020

Congratulations to Sarah who passed her qualifying exam today! This is a big first step on her road to her PhD. 

February 12, 2020

A big congrats to postdoc Jagpreet who was awarded an American Urological Association Research Scholar Award! This is a huge milestone for Jagpreet and a big step for the lab. A big thank you to Jagpreet’s co-mentors Dr. Scott Dehm and Dr. Lee Ponsky and the Indian American Urological Association for their support!


We would like to especially thank Dr. Kalish Kedia who helped the IAUA fund this award in 2014 in memory of his son, Anupam Ted Kedia.

December 26, 2019

New preprint! Petra found an interesting role for osteopontin in benign prostatic hyperplasia. Lots of work left to do, and Petra will continue these studies as a K12 Scholar in Madison, but this is what we know so far:

November 7-10, 2019

The whole lab (Sarah, Jagpreet, and Wisam), plus alumna Petra and unofficial lab member Tawna, headed out to New Orleans for the annual fall meeting. It was a great meeting with awesome science, great food, and a fun city. It is always a joy to meet so many people involved in basic urology research! 

November 1, 2019

Happy 3rd birthday to the Grabowska lab. Here's hoping Year 3 is going to be the year of accepted papers and funded grants!

October 1, 2019

Sarah is on a roll! She has been awarded an SBUR Travel Award to attend the fall meeeting in New Orleans. What a week!

October 1, 2019

Congratulations are also in order for Grabowska lab alumna Petra, whose abstract was selected for a podium presentation at SBUR 2019. 

September 26, 2019

A big congrats to graduate student Sarah who has been appointed to the CWRU Cell and Molecular Biology Training Program T32! Sarah wrote a three-page project summary and presented a 15-minute talk on her project in this competitive process. Great job and well deserved!

September 12, 2019

Congratulations to Jagpreet for being awarded a $500 travel award to attend the fall SBUR meeting by the Case Comprehensive Cancer Center, Office of Cancer Training, Education, and Research (OCTER). Very nice!

September 5, 2019

Good luck to Jagpreet on his AUA/Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar application, which he submitted today! 

September 1, 2019

Updates from the PI

Things on the PI front will be busy this fall as well. Aside from several grant submissions, I have a couple exciting events coming up. In October, I will be attending the AUA Early Career Investigator Workshop. This time I am attending as a speaker and presenting “How to Start a Lab as a Junior Faculty” and “Negotiating the Unique Challenges of MD vs PhD Research Careers”, along with Peter Clark, MD. I am really looking forward to meeting the next generation of urology researchers, so if you have a trainee attending, be sure to put us in touch. I am also thrilled to participate in my first NIH study section as an early career reviewer. My experience reviewing for the DOD Prostate Cancer Research Program last year has clarified my writing for Idea award applications, and I am sure this experience will do the same for my subsequent R01 applications. Here is to a busy couple of months! 

September 1, 2019

Updates from the Team

And just like that, summer is over. It is going to be a busy fall for the team. We have a paper to revise, another paper to write up, and plenty of grants going in to keep us busy. Jagpreet will be submitting an American Urological Association/Urology Care Foundation Research Scholar Award in a couple of days. In October, he will be attending the Early Career Investigator Workshop to learn about applying for grants and running a research lab. Meanwhile, Sarah will be busy with classes. This includes a course she designed herself on therapeutic resistance in prostate cancer. This is also the year of her qualifying exams, so best of luck to her during this stressful time. Finally, Wisam is working to complete his master’s while he works as a technician in the lab. He will be completing a smaller project as part of his Capstone. Wisam will be applying to graduate school in the fall, so be on the lookout for his applications! In former lab member news, Petra is wrapping up her OPN paper, and we will be submitting it soon, so stay tuned for a pre-print! We also have a couple collaborative projects in bladder cancer and telomere maintenance that are percolating through, and we hope to write up by the end of the year! Check back here for more exciting news. 

August 30, 2019

The 2019 annual fall Society of Basic Urologic Research meeting in New Orleans is rapidly approaching. This last week, the lab and affiliated members submitted five abstracts! Some projects are wrapping up, and others are just becoming super interesting. The team is very much looking forward to sharing them with the urology research community. Fingers crossed some of these are picked for travel awards and/or podium presentations! 


August 4-9, 2019

I attended the Hormone-Dependent Cancers Gordon Research Conference in Sunday River, Maine to share some of our exciting new data during the poster session! This is my second time at this conference, and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed catching up with some old friends and ironing out new grant ideas. 


July 20, 2019

Happy to announce that I will be this year’s Society of Basic Urologic Research liaison to the American Urological Association’s Advocacy Summit in Washington, DC in March 2020. I am thrilled to be part of this event and am looking forward to advocating for urology research funding. I hope that if you are involved in urology research, you will consider joining the summit! 


July 15, 2019

Summer is halfway done and the lab is in full swing! We have a paper under review, first drafts being written, figures being finalized, and exciting experiments ongoing. We hope that the end of summer will bring us another pre-print and five submitted abstracts for this year’s Society of Basic Urologic Research meeting in November. So far, so good!  


June 27, 2019

BIG NEWS! Our first paper has been deposited into the pre-print server bioRxiv. 


"Nuclear factor I/B increases in prostate cancer to support androgen receptor activation"


May 31, 2019

Today is Petra's last day! She has done a huge amount of work in the past six (six-and-a-half, she keeps reminding me) months. On Monday, she will be starting her position as a K12 Scholar at the University of Wisconsin, Madison Department of Urology. I am super grateful for all the hard work Petra has done while in my lab and very excited for this next step in her academic career. We have a couple more experiments to finish, but be on the lookout for a manuscript describing some of her work by fall! 


May 20, 2019

Congratulations to postdoc Jagpreet who has been invited to attend the AUA Early Career Investigator Workshop in October!


May 3-6, 2019

Petra and I are attended the annual American Urological Association meeting in Chicago. It was wonderful to catch up with some old friends, make some new ones, and moderate some poster sessions.

MP06: Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia: Basic Research &             Pathophysiology (Friday 7-9AM, Petra)

MP68: Prostate Cancer: Basic Research &                                 Pathophysiology II (Sunday, 3:30-5:30PM, me)



April 26, 2019

Good luck to Sarah as she submits her first internal grant application for a spot on the T32 Pharmacology training grant! 


April 26, 2019

For the third year in a row, the Grabowska lab participated in DNA Day. Petra, Sarah, Wisam, and Jagpreet headed to a local middle school to teach some future scientists about DNA and perform a DNA extraction from strawberries. This is a wonderful community event, and I am glad the Department of Genetics and CWRU SOM continue to organize and support it! 


April 17, 2019

Big news! After lots of hard work and furious grant writing, Petra has been awarded a K12 Scholar position through the UW-Madison Multidisciplinary K12 Urologic Research Career Development Program. This is a tremendous opportunity for Petra and I am so excited for her to continue to develop her own research program at one of the best places in the country for benign urology research.  


April 15, 2019

Good luck to Jagpreet, who submitted his AUA Early Career Investigator Workshop application today! This is an amazing opportunity to learn about grants, grant writing, and meet some leaders of urologic research. Fingers crossed he is chosen to participate! 


April 12, 2019

Exciting news on the social media front! The American Urological Association has identified me as someone to follow on Twitter at our big spring meeting in Chicago. This is a wonderful opportunity to share some of the amazing basic science that will be presented at AUA19, and I am looking forward to reaching a broader urology audience this year. Follow #AUA19 and #SBURatAUA19 on Twitter for all the latest news and events at the meeting!


March 21, 2019

It has been a busy couple of weeks for Petra! First, she has been invited to speak at the 2019 O'Brien Center Spring Symposium, "Molecular and Cellular Mechanisms of Fibrosis" at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has also been awarded a travel award to attend the AUA Basic Science Symposium and present some of her work. Congratulations! 


December 17, 2018

Big news! BSTP rotation student Sarah has decided to join the lab. Welcome aboard!



December 14, 2018

End of the year lab celebration!


The lab (Jagpreet, Petra, Sarah, Wisam, and I) went out dinner to celebrate the end of the year. I am grateful for all of their hard work this year. In typical fashion, we failed to photodocument the occasion. 



November 8-11, 2018

Society of Basic Urologic Research (SBUR) Annual Meeting, Palm Springs, CA


Jagpreet and Wisam presented posters with some new data. The program was very interesting, and we had a great time hearing what is new in basic urologic research. Pictures for the website have been updated and we have plenty of new ideas to implement into our projects. 


It is always wonderful to catch up with everyone too!


November 12, 2018

Sarah Kohrt, a gradaute student from the Biomedical Sciences Training Program (BSTP) joined us for her final rotation. Welcome Sarah! 

October 26, 2018

Big (belated) news! Our lab is growing! Petra Popovics, PhD is joining the team in mid-November. 

October 18-19, 2018      

Great Lakes Nuclear Receptor Conference


I had a wonderful time attending the 8th GLNRC, hosted by the University Of Minnesota Masonic Cancer Center and presenting some new data. Always nice to hear about nuclear receptors and meet some trainees in the field. I highly recommend this meeting, as it is stellar. 

August 8-9, 2018

Back to Hershey! This time, a visit with the Urology Department and catching up with Dave DeGraff (a fellow Matusik lab PD alumni). Another great opportunity to swap some data on prostate and bladder cancer. 


July 8, 2018

It's a busy time in the Grabowska lab! Jagpreet Nanda, a postdoctoral fellow, started July 1st. We also have two high school summer students volunteering in July. The lab is buzzing with activity. 

June 4, 2018

Our first R01 has been submitted! Fingers crossed for good reviews! 

May 17-21, 2018

American Urological Association (AUA) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA


I always enjoy seeing my clinical and basic collaborators, mentors, and friends at this meeting. The joint morning session between the SUO/SBUR was, as always, stellar. 

April 27, 2018

Wisam and I participated in CWRU’s DNA Day for the second year! We talked about DNA and extracted DNA from strawberries with 11th graders at James Ford Rhodes High School. We were joined by Luke Bury, a postdoctoral fellow from the Department of Genetics and Genome Sciences at CWRU. 

April 14-18, 2018

American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL


This was the first time attending the conference for me. I have never seen so much cancer research in one place. 

February 27, 2018

I was thrilled to visit Penn State Hershey, meet up with fellow new PI Katherine Aird and her amazing colleagues, and present some of our new data to the Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology. 


November 9-12, 2017

Society of Basic Urologic Research (SBUR) Annual Meeting, Tampa, FL


We had a busy conference! I presented some of our work on networks that control benign prostatic hyperplasia development during the Friday morning session, and Wisam presented a poster Friday night. Always lovely to                                                                         catch up with old science friends and make new ones. 

November 1, 2017

Happy birthday Grabowska lab! It’s amazing what a difference a year makes. The lab set-up is now complete and we are hard at work generating data. 

September 28, 2017

After a rocky submission process, we've submitted our first collaborative grant to the Department of Defense Prostate Cancer Research Program. Very excited about the new collaboration with Dr. Derek Taylor's group at CWRU. We will know the outcome sometime in January. Keeping our fingers crossed!

September 21-23, 2017

Early Career Investigator Workshop 2017, hosted by the American Urological Association.  


An amazing opportunity to meet fellow urology researchers, learn about the grant process (including what to avoid, courtesy of Dr. Peter Clark), and workshop our own grants.


August 21-26, 2017

Workshop on Techniques in Modeling Human Cancer at Jackson Labs, Bar Harbor, ME 


I was honored to teach the prostate cancer section of the workshop. I highly recommend this workshop to cancer biology trainees, as it offers a great balance of lectures and hands-on training. 

August 17-18, 2017

Back-to-back research seminars in Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus Ohio, presenting some of our data on developmental biology impacts on prostatic diseases like benign prostatic hyperplasia and prostate cancer. Thank you for the invite Dr. Christina Ching!

August 6-11, 2017

Hormone Dependent Gordon Research Conference, Sunday River, Newry, ME


This was my first GRC, and I am already looking forward to the next one. I also presented our first lab poster! 

August 4, 2017

Frank the snail becomes the official Grabowska lab mascot and my office mate. 

June 19, 2017

The lab continues to grow. Jinlong joins the Grabowska lab as an undergraduate summer volunteer. He and this microscope will soon be very good friends. 

May 9-14, 2017

American Urological Association, Boston MA


It's always nice to catch up with my postdoc mentor, Bob Matusik (pictured), and (former) Vanderbilt crew. 

April 28, 2017

Wisam and I participated in our first CWRU DNA Day! We headed to Garrett Morgan High School to talk about DNA and extract strawberry DNA with the class. A wonderful opportunity to discuss science with high school students.  

April 14, 2017

First experiment in the Grabowska lab.

March 15, 2017

Welcome on board Wisam! It will be nice to have some help with all these boxes and the science.

November 1, 2016

First day of the Grabowska lab. Plenty of room for new equipment and people.


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