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The Training Program in Oncogenesis and Developmental Biology

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The Training Program in Oncogenesis & Developmental Biology at the Lurie Cancer Center enables two pre-doctoral students and four postdoctoral fellows per year to receive state-of-the-art training focused on normal and neoplastic development and differentiation. Trainees will have the opportunity to investigate the role of developmentally regulated genes in the etiology of human cancer. In addition to laboratory training, trainees and preceptors engage in monthly meetings and a yearly translational research mini-symposium. The preceptors of this program are well established investigators with NIH funded research programs.

Program Director: Richard Carthew, PhD, Professor, Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, Northwestern University

Program Co-Director: Hiroaki Kiyokawa, MD, PhD Associate Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Biological Chemistry, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

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

Program Faculty

Richard Carthew, Ph.D.
Professor
Dept. of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Cell Biology
Gene regulation by RNAi
Robert Goldman, Ph.D.
Professor
Dept of Cell and Molecular Biology
Intermediate filament proteins
Kathleen Green, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Pathology
Cell-cell interaction molecules
Mary Hendrix, Ph.D.
Professor and Director
Children's Memorial Research Center
Role of microenvironment in cancer
Robert Holmgren, Ph.D.
Professor
Dept of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Cell Biology
Signal transduction in development and oncogenesis
Sui Huang, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept of Cell and Molecular Biology
Perinucleolar compartment and cancer progression
John Kessler, M.D.
Professor and Chair
Department of Neurology
Biology of embryonic & neural stem cells
Hiroaki Kiyokawa, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Molecular Pharmacology & Biological Chemistry
Cell cycle and carcinogenesis
Carole LaBonne, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Dept. of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Cell Biology
Neural crest cells and pediatric neuroblastoma
Andreas Matouschek, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Biochemistry, Molecular Biology & Cell Biology
Protein unfolding and oncogenesis
Leonidas Platanias, M.D.
Professor
Department of Medicine
Cytokines and signal transduction pathways
Lonnie Shea, Ph.D.
Professor
Chemical & Biological Engineering
Culture systems for cell differentiation; gene delivery
Teresa Woodruff, Ph.D.
Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hormones and signal transduction in the ovary
John Crispino, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine
Normal and malignant blood cell development
Elizabeth Eklund, M.D.
Professor
Department of Medicine
Molecular mechanisms of hematopoiesis

Postdoctoral applicants must be US citizens or permanent residents with no more than three years of postdoctoral experience.

Predoctoral applicants must apply to IGP, IBiS or NUIN graduate programs at:

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, verification of citizenship status, statement of research interests, selection of three potential mentors from Program Faculty and one letter of reference to: Robin Leikin, PhD
Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center
Northwestern University
Olson 8350
303 E. Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
rleikin@northwestern.edu
(312) 908-9229