How does a successful CrowdFunding looks like - An analytic review

posted Feb 20, 2015, 7:03 AM by David Khorram   [ updated Feb 20, 2015, 7:04 AM ]
This is not a large funding project but it is a very worthy cause. 

We decided ( Feb 10th)  to assist the CrowdFunding project owner when he was at 40% of the original funding goal ( Funding goal was $ 5,500 ).

Please click here to see the actual  Google campaign analytic .

For more info , you can or start your crowdFunding here 

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We are working with a protein that modulates the genetic information to generate different proteins from the same gene. These proteins might even have opposite functions. This process is called alternative splicing.

We hypothesize that alternative splicing could be a novel mechanism of regulation of the resistance to targeted therapy in lung cancer. This project will allow the identification of key elements of this resistance.


Plastic material


Tissue culture reagents


RNA/RT-PCR reagents


Protein detection reagents


Miscellaneous reagents


Budget Overview

Actually our lab works on a very tight budget however we are working on generating preliminary data in different approaches.

We are a young lab and we have not been able to get funding from major agencies. It is very important that we generate this preliminary data to be able to apply for major agencies such as NIH.

This budget will allow to generate this data since if funded at 100% we will have enough resources for at least a year. Without this budget, this research will be conducted on the side and it will take a long time to be completed. Unfortunately, there is a chance that we will have to abandon it for lack of funding.

 Meet the Researcher

Jordi Tauler Vaillet

University of Illinois at Chicago


Research Scientist at Cancer Center of University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC)


I was born in Girona, north-eastern Spain, in 1971, a few miles from the Mediterranean Sea. I went to college to University of Navarra, (Pamplona, Spain) and I majored on Molecular Biology. After that I started my PhD, in Barcelona, on a very basic subject on Genetics and Developmental Biology. I was investigating the origins of the Hox genes. Hox genes regulate early phases of development and are responsible of patterning the anterio-posterior axis of the embryo.

However I was eager to apply the molecular biology tools to a more translational research project. So, in 2001 I moved to Bethesda, MD to join Dr. Mulshine's lab at NCI (NIH) to work on lung cancer research. A few years after, Dr. Mulshine moved to Chicago, IL, to Rush University. There, working with him I set up, managed and supervised the Lung Cancer Biology lab from 2005 to 2011.

In 2001 I moved to UIC and now I work along with Dr. Dudek in lung cancer research.