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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

Green

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

Yu

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)

Johnson

Jodi L. Johnson, PhD
Basic Research Program Coordinator
Research Assistant Professor of Pathology and Dermatology

Program Preceptors

Bao

Xiaomin Bao, PhD
Assistant Professor of Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences and Dermatology
Molecular determinants of stemness

Burridge

Paul Burridge, PhD
Assistant Professor in Pharmacology
induced pluripotent stem cells to study cancer progression and drug resistance

Chandel

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

Choi

Jaehyuk Choi, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Molecular biology of cutaneous T-cell lymphoma

Eklund

Elizabeth Eklund, MD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Molecular mechanisms of hematopoiesis

Foltz

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

Gottardi

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

Huang

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

Kiyokawa

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

LaBonne

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

Laronda

Monica Laronda, PhD
Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Endocrinology)
Reproductive Biology, Endocrinology

Laimins

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

Liu

Huiping Liu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of Pharmacology and Medicine
Molecular mechanisms of metastasis

Longnecker

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

Morimoto

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

Ntziachristos

Panagiotis Ntziachristos, PhD
Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics and Medicine
Transcriptional and epigenetic regulation of acute leukemia

Peter

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

Platanias

Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD
Professor, Department of Medicine
Cytokines and signal transduction pathways

Satchell

Karla Satchell, PhD
Professor of Microbiology-Immunology
Secreted factors and immune regulation

Shilatifard

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

Stegh

Alexander Stegh, PhD
Associate Professor of Neurology (Neuro-oncology) and Medicine
Pathogenesis of glioblastoma

Thaxton

C. Shad Thaxton, MD PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Urology
Nanotechnology for cancer therapy

Green

Derek Wainwright, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Immunotherapy for brain tumors

Woloschak

Gayle Woloschak, PhD
Professor, Department of Radiology
Nanocomposites; radiation sensitivity

Current Students

Stubbs

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

Murphy

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

Murnan

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

Weddle

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

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

Smith

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

Tsui

Elizabeth Tsui
Medical Scientist Training Program
Laboratory of Monica Laronda, PhD

Brea

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

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