Career Enhancement Program

The Career Enhancement Program within the Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer SPORE offers research opportunities for newer investigators or those considering career transition or expansion.

The program is committed to identifying and mentoring junior faculty members who demonstrate potential for developing independent projects in translational breast cancer research.

To facilitate the career development of these investigators, the Breast Cancer SPORE conducts a rigorous review process to identify the most talented and promising candidates. Awardees receive intensive mentoring under the expertise of a multidisciplinary mentoring committee.

Recipients of the Breast Cancer SPORE Career Enhancement Award become active members of all relevant activities of the SPORE at Mayo Clinic. Recipients are expected to develop sufficient preliminary data and a research plan to design a competitive grant proposal and obtain extramural funding through a grant in breast cancer from the National Institutes of Health.

Current projects

Current projects in the Career Enhancement Program are:

  • Evaluating Differences in the Immune Cell Subpopulations and Immune Checkpoint Molecule Expression within the Tumor Microenvironment of Luminal Androgen Receptor (LAR) versus Basal Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TBNC). Investigator: Roberto A. Leon Ferre, M.D.


The director of the Career Enhancement Program is: