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The Training Program in Oncogenesis and Developmental Biology

The Training Program in Oncogenesis & Developmental Biology is an NCI-funded T32 training grant that supports 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 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 career development sessions, multidisciplinary training in cutting-edge technologies, an annual boot camp on cancer and development and a yearly translational research mini-symposium. The preceptors of this program are well established investigators with NIH funded research programs.

Program Director: Elizabeth Eklund, MD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

Program Co-Director: Hiroaki Kiyokawa, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

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

Program Faculty

Sarki Abdulkadir, MD, PhD
Professor
Dept. of Urology
Pathogenesis of prostate cancer
Richard Carthew, PhD
Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biosciences
Gene regulation by RNAi
Chonghui Cheng, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept of Medicine
RNA regulation of epithelial -mesenchymal transition
John Crispino, PhD
Professor
Department of Medicine
Normal and malignant blood cell development
Elizabeth Eklund, MD
Professor
Department of Medicine
Molecular mechanisms of hematopoiesis
Robert Goldman, PhD
Professor
Dept of Cell and Molecular Biology
Intermediate filament proteins
Kathleen Green, PhD
Professor
Department of Pathology
Cell-cell interaction molecules
Mary Hendrix, PhD
Professor and Director
Children's Memorial Research Center
Role of microenvironment in cancer
Sui Huang, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept of Cell and Molecular Biology
Perinucleolar compartment and cancer progression
John Kessler, MD
Professor
Department of Neurology
Biology of embryonic & neural stem cells
Julie Kim, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Endometrial cancer
Hiroaki Kiyokawa, MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Pharmacology
Cell cycle and carcinogenesis
Steven Kosak, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept of Cell and Molecular Biology
Genome organization in the nucleus
Carole LaBonne, PhD
Professor
Dept. of Molecular Biosciences
Neural crest cells and pediatric neuroblastoma
Jonathan Licht, MD
Professor
Dept of Medicine
Transcriptional regulation of gene expression in hematologic malignancies
Brian Mitchell, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept of Cell and Molecular Biology
Centrioles and cell cycle progression
Christian Petersen, PhD
Assistant Professor
Dept of Molecular Biosciences
Stem cell regeneration
Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Medicine
Cytokines and development of leukemia
Teresa Woodruff, PhD
Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Hormones and development in the ovary
Jindan Yu, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept of Medicine
Transcriptional regulation of gene expression in prostate cancer

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