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Tumor Cell Biology - Carcinogenesis T32 Training Grant

The Carcinogenesis Training Program, funded by an Institutional National Research Service Award (NRSA) from the National Cancer Institute (NCI T32 CA009560), provides comprehensive laboratory research training to nine predoctoral students per year in current principles of basic and translational cancer biology. The program promotes interdisciplinary interactions among students, postdoctoral fellows, clinicians and faculty scientists in oncology research, with complementary strengths in signal transduction, cell adhesion and motility, angiogenesis, viral oncogenesis, tumor microenvironment, therapeutic strategies, translational studies, chemoprevention, immunotherapy, metabolism, epigenetics and cancer genomics.

Program highlights include intensive research in progress meetings with program faculty, focused “nanocourses” in emerging cancer research fields, cross-disciplinary translational career and communication skills development and additional funding for travel to scientific meetings and laboratory supplies.

Competitive candidates for the program include students with an interdisciplinary interest in cancer biology who have matriculated into the Driskill Graduate Program (DGP), the Interdepartmental Biological Sciences Program (IBiS), the Medical Scientist Training Program (MSTP), or other PhD programs. Students are eligible to apply following selection of a participating thesis advisor and cancer research thesis topic. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must first apply to DGP, IBiS or other appropriate graduate programs at Northwestern.

A request for nominations to fill available training positions is posted and sent to program preceptors each year in the spring, for appointments beginning in fall of the following year (eg, applications submitted in 2021 are considered for appointment in the fall of 2022, contingent upon successful completion of the preliminary exam).

Applications must include a letter of nomination from your thesis advisor, a Biosketch or CV, no more than one page describing your research project, and a statement of the cancer research purpose, including your future career goals and suitability for the program. Applications are reviewed by the program steering committee and candidates are invited to interview in late summer/early fall. The program welcomes and encourages application by individuals from underrepresented groups and diverse backgrounds.

For additional information, contact Kathleen Green, PhD.

Program Directors

Kathleen Green, PhD

Kathleen Green, PhD

Program Director
Professor, Department of Pathology
Function and regulation of intercellular junctions in tumor progression

Jindan Yu, MD, PhD

Jindan Yu, MD, PhD

Program Co-Director
Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology) and Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Molecular regulation of prostate cancer

Gina Kirsammer, PhD

Administrative Director
Research Assistant Professor of Medicine (Hematology and Oncology)

Jodi L. Johnson, PhD

Jodi L. Johnson, PhD

Basic Research Program Coordinator
Research Assistant Professor of Pathology and Dermatology

Program Preceptors

Xiaomin Bao, PhD

Xiaomin Bao, PhD

Assistant Professor of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Dermatology
Molecular determinants of stemness

Paul Burridge, PhD

Paul Burridge, PhD

Assistant Professor in Pharmacology
induced pluripotent stem cells to study cancer progression and drug resistance

Navdeep Chandel, PhD

Navdeep Chandel, PhD

Professor, Department of Medicine
Mitochondria signaling and cancer

Jaehyuk Choi, MD, PhD

Jaehyuk Choi, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Molecular biology of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

Elizabeth Eklund, MD

Elizabeth Eklund, MD

Professor, Department of Medicine
Molecular mechanisms of hematopoiesis

Daniel Foltz, PhD

Daniel Foltz, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Chromosome instability and cancer

Cara Gottardi, PhD

Cara Gottardi, PhD

Associate Professor, Medicine, Pulmonary Division
Regulation of catenin-dependent signaling and adhesion

Sui Huang, PhD

Sui Huang, PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Cell and Molecular Biology
Perinucleolar compartment and cancer

Hiroaki Kiyokawa, PhD

Hiroaki Kiyokawa, PhD

Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry
Cell cycle regulation in differentiation and tumor progression

Carol LaBonne, PhD

Carol LaBonne, PhD

Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology
Mechanisms of Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition

Laimonis Laimins, PhD

Laimonis Laimins, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology-Immunology
Human papillomaviruses and cancer

Monica Laronda, PhD

Monica Laronda, PhD

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)
Reproductive Biology, Endocrinology

Huiping Liu, MD, PhD

Huiping Liu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Molecular mechanisms of metastasis

Richard Longnecker, PhD

Richard Longnecker, PhD

Professor, Department of Microbiology-Immunology
Epstein-Barr virus and hematopoietic cancers

Richard Morimoto, PhD

Richard Morimoto, PhD

Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology
Protein misfolding and cancer

Panagiotis Ntziachristos, PhD

Panagiotis Ntziachristos, PhD

Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and Medicine
Transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of acute leukemia

Marcus Peter, PhD

Marcus Peter, PhD

Professor, Department of Medicine
Micro RNAs in cancer progression

Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD

Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD

Professor, Department of Medicine
Cytokines and signal transduction pathways

Karla Satchell, PhD

Karla Satchell, PhD

Professor of Microbiology-Immunology
Secreted factors and immune regulation

Ali Shilatifard, PhD

Ali Shilatifard, PhD

Professor and Chair, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics
Epigenetics of hematologic malignancies

Alexander Stegh, PhD

Alexander Stegh, PhD

Associate Professor of Neurology (Neuro-oncology) and Medicine
Pathogenesis of glioblastoma

C. Shad Thaxton, MD PhD

C. Shad Thaxton, MD PhD

Associate Professor, Department of Urology
Nanotechnology for cancer therapy

Derek Wainwright, PhD

Derek Wainwright, PhD

Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Immunotherapy for brain tumors

Gayle Woloschak, PhD

Gayle Woloschak, PhD

Professor, Department of Radiology
Nanocomposites; radiation sensitivity

Current Students

Lourdes Brea

Lourdes Brea

Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences
Laboratory of Jindan Yu, MD, PhD

Gabriel Cavin

Gabriel Cavin

Interdisciplinary Biological Sciences Graduate Program
Laboratory of Sadie Wignall, PhD

Jay Daniels

Jay Daniels

Medical Scientist Training Program
Laboratory of Jaehyuk Choi, MD, PhD

Kevin Murnan

Kevin Murnan

Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences
Laboratory of Alexander Stegh, PhD

Alina Murphy

Alina Murphy

Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences
Laboratory of J Julie Kim, PhD

Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith

Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences
Laboratory of Gayle Woloschak, PhD

Caleb Stubbs

Caleb Stubbs

Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences
Laboratory of Karla Satchell, PhD

Elizabeth Tsui

Elizabeth Tsui

Medical Scientist Training Program
Laboratory of Monica Laronda, PhD

Carly Weddle

Carly Weddle

Driskill Graduate Program in Life Sciences
Laboratory of Paul Burridge, PhD