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Signal Transduction and Cancer

The Postdoctoral Training Program in Signal Transduction and Cancer enables four postdoctoral fellows per year to receive state-of-the-art training in signal transduction pathways and the role of aberrant signaling pathways in human cancer. Trainees receive two years of funding to conduct research to investigate the mechanism by which cytokines, growth factors and receptors control cell fate, transformation, metastasis and cell growth. This training program's preceptors are well-established Northwestern University investigators with NIH-funded research programs on either the Evanston or Chicago campuses.

In addition to laboratory research, the program includes several formal education sessions:

  • Tumor Cell Biology Seminar Series
  • Oncology Research Journal Club
  • Annual presentations
  • Chicago Signal Transduction Symposium

The Training Program in Signal Transduction and Cancer is funded by the National Cancer Institute as an Institutional National Research Award (NRSA T32). In addition to the NRSA stipend, trainees receive an allocation for supplies, travel and health insurance. For information, contact Robin Leikin, PhD, at 312-908-9229.

Program Directors

Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD
Program Director
Professor, Department of Medicine
Director, Lurie Cancer Center
Signal transduction molecules

Marcus Peter, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Micro RNAs in cancer progression

Robin Leikin, PhD
Administrative Director
Research Assistant Professor, Lurie Cancer Center

Program Faculty

Serdar Bulun, MD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Estrogen receptor action in breast cancer tissue

Debabrata Chakravarti, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Transcriptional regulation of hormone signaling

Navdeep Chandel, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Mitochondria signaling and cancer

Shi-Yuan Cheng, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurology
Signaling pathways in brain tumors

Elizabeth Eklund, MD
Professor of Medicine
Signaling pathways in myeloid leukemias

Kathleen Green, PhD
Professor, Department of Pathology
Cell adhesion molecules

Craig Horbinski, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pathology and Neurological Surgery
Molecular alterations in glioblastoma

Curt Horvath, PhD
Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences
Interferon signaling pathway

C. David James, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
Signaling pathways of glioblastoma

Richard Longnecker, PhD
Professor, Department of Microbiology-Immunology
Signal transduction of viral infection

Daniela Matei, MD
Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Ovarian cancer metastasis

Richard Morimoto, PhD
Professor, Department of Molecular Bioscience
Heat shock proteins

Hidayatullah Munshi, MD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Tumor cell invasion and matrix metalloproteinases

Ali Shilatifard, PhD
Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Molecular mechanisms of leukemogenesis

Alexander Stegh, PhD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
Signaling pathways of glioblastoma and development of nanotherapy

Jane Wu, PhD
Professor, Department of Neurology
Molecular regulation of cell migration

Junior Preceptors

Peng Ji, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pathology
Signaling pathways in erythroid cells

Marc Mendillo, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Heat shock response in tumor cells

Derek Wainwright, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurological Surgery
Glioblastoma tumor induced immunosuppression

Current Trainees


Quinn Roth-Carter, PhD


Zibo Zhao, PhD


Ricardo Perez, PhD


Thao Pham, PhD

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