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Tumor Cell Biology: Carcinogenesis Training Program

The Carcinogenesis Training Program, funded by an Institutional National Research Award (NRSA) from the National Cancer Institute (NCI T32 CA009560), provides comprehensive research training to 8 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 Integrated Graduate Program (IGP) at Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine or the Interdepartmental Biological Sciences Program (IBiS) in the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences at Northwestern University, rather than departmental Ph.D. programs. Applications, consisting of a letter of nomination from thesis advisor, graduate school performance evaluations and undergraduate academic transcript, are reviewed by the Program's Steering Committee in the spring of each year for fall admission. The Program makes every effort to attract students from diverse racial/ethnic, economic and other disadvantaged backgrounds. The preceptors represent 15 Northwestern University departments and divisions, reflecting the breadth of training opportunities. Graduates of the program go on to pursue outstanding postdoctoral positions, and the majority ultimately obtain positions in cancer research in academia or the commercial sector.

Program Directors:

Program Director: Kathleen Green, PhD., Professor, Department of Pathology, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Program Preceptors:

Raymond Bergan, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Prostate cancer metastasis
Navdeep Chandel, PhD.
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Mitochondria signaling and cancer
Chongui Cheng, MD, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Alternative RNA splicing and cancer
John Crispino, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Normal and malignant blood cell development
Vincent Cryns, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Elizabeth Eklund, MD
Professor
Department of Medicine
Molecular mechanisms of hematopoiesis
Cara Gottardi, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Regulation of -catenin-dependent signaling and adhesion
Kathleen Green, PhD
Professor
Department of Pathology
Function and regulation of intercellular junctions in tumor progression
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
Associate Professor
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology
Mechanisms of Epithelial to Mesenchymal Transition
Jonathan Leis, PhD
Professor
Department of Microbiology-Immunology
Mechansisms of retrovirus replication
Jonathan Licht, MD
Professor
Department of Medicine
Transcription factors and cancer development
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
Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Medicine
Cytokines and signal transduction pathways
Janardan Reddy, MD
Professor
Department of Pathology
Chemical carcinogenesis
Olga Volpert, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Urology
Mechanisms of angiogenesis inhibitors
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
Ming Zhang, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Pharmacology and Biological Chemistry
Tumor suppressors in development and cancer

Pre-doctoral applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents and must first apply to IGP or IBiS graduate programs.

For additional information about the Carcinogenesis Training Program, contact Dr. Kathleen Green at kgreen@northwestern.edu.