Congratulations to the ILCA Fellowship 2020 Awardee!



ILCA is pleased to announce that Aveline Filliol, Postdoctoral Research Scientist from the Columbia University, USA, has been awarded the ILCA Fellowship 2020.

ILCA will support her research on “Deciphering the role of hepatic stellate cell-derived myofibroblasts in hepatocellular carcinoma”.
Aveline Filliol will be working on determining the role of hepatic stellate cell-derived myofibroblasts in the development of hepatocellular carcinoma.

Discover a bit more about our ILCA Fellowship 2020 awardee

Through the Fellowship Programme, ILCA supports research in all liver cancer-related disciplines by encouraging young Scientifics to develop their career in liver cancer research.

This year ILCA Fellowship Programme 2020 is supported by an Educational Grant from:



Stay tuned for future ILCA Fellowship Programmes available!

The ILCA Fellowship Programme

Through the Fellowship Programme, ILCA supports research in all liver cancer related disciplines by encouraging young scientists to develop their career in liver cancer research.

The aims of this key initiative are to:

  • Encourage young investigators to pursue a career in liver cancer research
  • Develop the potential of outstanding young scientists and encourage research in liver cancer disciplines
  • Foster career development for individuals performing research in a liver cancer related area and who have shown commitment to excellence at an early stage of their research study
  • Help progress ILCA’s mission to lead a global Community of physicians, scientists and allied professionals through education and research with the goal to better prevent and treat liver cancer
  • Promote science through the support of young researchers

Eligibility Criteria:

  • Be under 40 years old and undertaking post-doctoral studies in a liver cancer related discipline
  • Candidate should hold a PhD or MD and be pursuing post-doctoral studies which include both basic and/or clinical research. Those in post-MD Residency or Fellowship programmes and engaged in liver cancer research are eligible. Candidates should not hold full-time faculty positions.
  • Be an ILCA member* in good standing
  • Be supported by a research mentor

Past ILCA Fellowship Awardees

ILCA Fellowship 2019 Awardee

Dr. Jin Lee

 Department of Pathology of the School of Medicine, University of California, San Diego.

ILCA supported her research on Immunotherapeutic Target on Unique Mitotic Spindle in Hepatocellular Carcinoma.

Can you please tell us a bit about your research project?

Despite microtubule-binding compound being widely used as a chemotherapeutic in the treatment of various cancers, it has shown disappointing results in liver cancer, since it extensively affects normal cells. Specifically targeting mitosis in cancer cells is considered as a preferred strategy. For this purpose, I am working on study to know whether immune cells can target specifically proliferating cancer cells through unique mitosis machinery and what mechanism they have. For my objectives, I will successfully complete this project with a goal to discover a novel target of HCC and propose a new therapeutic strategy for treatment humans with HCC. I hope this work will contribute in clinic finally.

Why did you get involved in this type of research?

There is nothing nicer than knowing. My pleasure was to discover the undiscovered things and this led me to do basic science research. So far human beings have been suffering from many types of cancer. I believed in basic science is fundamentally essential to the study of the medicine and it is the key of the drug discovery especially for cancer. For this reason, I did get involved in cell biology research and want to know about how tumour cells communicate with other type of cells in tumour microenvironment.

How will the ILCA grant help you?

I am so grateful that ILCA will support my research. It is an honor to receive this prestigious fellowship. The ILCA grant will encourage me to pursue science and to increase self-motivation. It will be a milestone for the next chapter of my career as an independent scientist.


ILCA Fellowship 2018 Awardee

Stefanie Hectors

 Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

ILCA supported her research on Quantitative MRI for Noninvasive Prediction of Gene Signatures in Hepatocellular Carcinoma