Cancer & Physical Sciences
The Cancer and Physical Sciences (CAPS) Program leverages the unprecedented strength of Northwestern University in the fields of nanotechnology, chemistry, material sciences and biomedical engineering. The program brings together fundamental chemistry, nano-technology, imaging, and bioengineering groups to develop cancer-relevant therapeutic and diagnostic agents using nanoscale materials and physical sciences approaches. The research conducted by the members of the CAPS Program spans from the basic science that underlies emerging technologies to technology development to clinical translation. To facilitate further discoveries and accelerate their translation to the clinic, the following three aims are being pursued by CAPS investigators:
- Study fundamental mechanisms and molecular pathways that control oncogenesis by physical science methods
- Develop novel technologies that facilitate early detection and prognostication of cancer and that can be coupled with therapy
- Develop new classes of anti-cancer therapeutic agents that exhibit low systemic toxicity while leveraging physical sciences and nanotechnology for the discovery and delivery of these therapies
- Integration of physical scientists within the arena of cancer research
- Strengthening intra-programmatic collaborations
- Foster translational efforts
- Vadim Backman, PhD, an internationally-recognized bioengineer in the Chemistry of Life Processes Institute
- Gayle Woloschak, PhD, an internationally-known biochemist and molecular biologist in Radiation Oncology and Radiology
Research Initiatives & Grants
- Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence
A NCI-funded collaboration between the Lurie Cancer Center and the International Institute for Nanotechnology.
- Physical Sciences Oncology Center
Physical scientists and cancer biologists use non-traditional, physical sciences-based approaches to understand and control cancer.
This unique interdisciplinary program comprises members who collaborate both intra- and inter-programmatically on a broad spectrum of translational projects. In addition to the strong individual support of CAPs investigators, the strength of these teams is reflected by two large grants from NCI that support the Northwestern University Center of Cancer Nanotechnology Excellence and Physical Sciences Oncology Center.