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Tumor Cell Biology - Carcinogensis

The Carcinogenesis Training Program, funded by an Institutional National Research Award from the National Cancer Institute (NCI T32 CA009560), provides comprehensive research training to eight predoctoral students per year in cancer biology. The program serves as a focus for interdisciplinary interactions among students, postdoctoral fellows and faculty in tumor biology with special strengths in signal transduction, adhesion, motility and angiogenesis, viral carcinogenesis, tumor therapy, translational studies, chemoprevention and a growing program in cancer genetics.

Candidates for funding in this training program come from the pool of second-year graduate students matriculated into either the Driskill Graduate Program (DGP) or the Interdepartmental Biological Sciences Program (IBiS), rather than departmental PhD programs.

Applications should include a letter of nomination from your thesis advisor, graduate school performance evaluations and your undergraduate academic transcript. They’ll be reviewed by the program’s steering committee in the spring of each year for fall admission. The program makes every effort to attract under-represented students from a variety of backgrounds. Predoctoral applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents and must first apply to DGP or IBiS graduate programs.

For additional information, contact Kathleen Green, PhD.

Program Directors

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

John Crispino, PhD
Program Co-Director
Professor, Department of Medicine
Normal and malignant blood cell development

Robin Leikin, PhD
Administrative Director
Research Assistant Professor, Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center

Program Preceptors

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

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

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

Cara Gottardi, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Medicine
Regulation of catenin-dependent signaling and adhesion

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

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

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

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

Jonathan Leis, PhD
Professor, Department of Microbiology-Immunology
Mechansisms of retrovirus replication

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

William Miller, PhD
Professor, Department of Chemical and Biological Engineering
In vitro expansion of hematopoietic cell lineages

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

Thomas O'Halloran, PhD
Professor, Department of Chemistry
Metalloregulatory proteins

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

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

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

Alexander Stegh, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Neurology
Pathogenesis of glioblastoma

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

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

Teresa Woodruff, PhD
Professor, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Regulation of ovarian follicle growth; ovarian cancer

Jindan Yu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Department of Medicine
Molecular regulation of prostate cancer

Junior Program Preceptors

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

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

Sadie Wignall, PhD
Assistant Professor, Department of Molecular Biosciences
Chromosome organization during meiosis

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