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Training Program in Signal Transduction in Cancer

The Postdoctoral Training Program in Signal Transduction and Cancer at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University enables four postdoctoral fellows per year to receive state-of-the-art training in signal transduction pathways and the role of aberrant signaling pathways in human cancer. Trainees receive two years of funding to conduct research to investigate the mechanism by which cytokines, growth factors and receptors control cell fate, transformation, metastasis and cell growth. This training program's preceptors are well established Northwestern University investigators with NIH funded research programs on either the Evanston or Chicago Campuses. In addition to laboratory research, the Training Program includes several formal education sessions:

Program Directors:

Program Director: Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Medicine, Deputy Director - Lurie Cancer Center
Administrative Director: Robin Leikin, PhD., Research Assistant Professor, Lurie Cancer Center

The Training Program in Signal Transduction and Cancer is funded by the National Cancer Institute as an Institutional National Research Award (NRSA T32). In addition to the NRSA stipend, trainees receive an allocation for supplies, travel and health insurance.

Program Faculty:

Raymond Bergan, MD
Professor
Department of Medicine
Cancer cell metastasis
Serdar Bulun, MD
Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Estrogen receptor action in breast cancer tissue
Debabrata Chakravarti, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology Transcriptional regulation of hormone signaling
Navdeep Chandel, PhD
Professor
Department of Medicine
Mitochondria signaling and cancer
Seth Corey, MD
Professor
Department of Pediatrics
Signaling pathways in blood cells
Cara Gottardi, PhD
Assistant Professor
Department of Medicine
Cell adhesion signaling
Kathleen Green, PhD
Professor
Department of Pathology
Cell adhesion molecules
David Gius, MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Radiation Oncology
Molecular mechanisms of carcinogenesis
Curt Horvath, PhD
Professor
Department of Molecular Biosciences
Interferon signaling pathway
Jonathan Licht, MD
Professor
Department of Medicine
Transcriptional regulation in hematologic malignancies
Richard Longnecker, PhD
Professor
Department of Microbiology - Immunology
Signal transduction of viral infection
Richard Morimoto, PhD
Professor
Department of Molecular Bioscience
Heat shock proteins
Hidayatullah Munshi, MD
Associate Professor
Department of Medicine Tumor cell invasion and matrix metalloproteinases
Marcus Peter, PhD
Professor
Department of Medicine Micro RNAs in cancer progression
Leonidas C. Platanias, MD, PhD
Professor
Department of Medicine
Signal transduction molecules
Teresa Woodruff, PhD
Professor
Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Gene regulation and tumor metastasis
Jane Wu, PhD
Professor
Department of Neurology
Molecular regulation of cell migration
Ming Zhang, PhD
Associate Professor
Dept of Molecular Pharmacology & Biological Chemistry
Molecular mechanisms of cancer metastasis
 
For information, contact Robin Leikin, Ph.D. Phone: (312) 908-9229