Post-Doctoral Training in Cancer Biology

Integrated Research Training in Cancer Biology

Post-Doctoral Training Starting Summer/Fall 2020

Applications Accepted Now!

The post-doctoral scholar will be trained by a participating mentor. Supplemental training opportunities will be offered across departments and through the University of Illinois Cancer Center.

This is a NEW one-year, funded, post-doctoral fellowship which may be extended for an additional year.

Eligibility Criteria

  1. U.S. citizen or permanent resident.
  2. Doctoral degree completed within the past two years.
male and female working in wet lab in focus.

Application Materials

  1. Cover letter indicating preferred mentors and cancer biology research focus.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Three letters of recommendation. Letters of recommendation should be submitted on your behalf and cannot be from your proposed mentor.

To Apply

To be considered for a position, please apply as soon as possible. Email a single collated document in PDF format to:

Mary Rojek, PhD
Assistant Director
Cancer Research Career Enhancement and Education
mrojek@uic.edu

For more information, contact one of the Program Co-Directors:

Nissim Hay, PhD nhay@uic.edu 
Larisa Nonn, PhD lnonn@uic.edu

The University of Illinois cancer Center is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

Cancer Biology Mentors

Joanna E. Burdette, PhD
Professor

Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Integrating imaging, drug discovery, and basic biology to understand how and where ovarian cancer originates; mouse models and early ovarian cancer events; natural products, new progestins, and anti-cancer molecules

Joanna E. Burdette
Jonathan Coloff, PhD
Assistant Professor

Department: Physiology and Biophysics

Research Interests: Using the unique metabolic features of cancer cells to develop strategies for cancer therapy; differences in proliferation and tumor lineage and their relation to metabolic phenotypes and vulnerabilities of breast tumors

Jonathan Coloff
Alan M. Diamond, PhD
Professor

Department: Pathology

Research Interests: Anti-oxidant proteins and cancer etiology; functions of selenium-containing proteins; impact of naturally occurring genetic variations on health

Alan M. Diamond
Jonna Frasor, PhD
Professor

Department: Physiology and Biophysics

Research Interests: Molecular mechanisms of hormone action; estrogen receptor activity in breast cancer; transcription factor crosstalk

Jonna Frasor
Nissim Hay, PhD
Program Co-Director, Distinguished Professor

Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Research Interests: The role of the PI3K/Akt signaling pathway in the genesis of cancer, and cancer metabolism

Nissim Hay
Andrei Karginov, PhD
Associate Professor

Department: Pharmacology

Research Interests: Protein engineering and cancer biology

Andrei Karginov
Jiyeon Kim, PhD
Assistant Professor

Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Research Interests: Metabolic liabilities associated with nitrogen handling in lung cancer; metabolic pathways altered in KRAS/LKB1 co-mutant NSCLC; metabolic vulnerabilities in bladder cancer

Jiyeon Kim
Jan Kitajewski, PhD
Sweeney Basic Science Professor

Department: Physiology and Biophysics

Research Interests: Tumor and developmental angiogenesis; metastatic mechanisms

Jan Kitajewski
Alexandra Naba, PhD
Assistant Professor

Department: Physiology and Biophysics

Research Interests: Development of proteomic and bioinformatic methods to study the roles of the extracellular matrix (ECM) in cancer progression and metastasis

Alexandra Naba
Larisa Nonn, PhD
Program Co-Director,
Associate Professor

Department: Pathology

Research Interests: Prostate cancer cell biology, patient-derived models for prostate cancer, vitamin D and cancer health disparities

Larisa Nonn
Jimmy Orjala, PhD
Professor

Department: Pharmaceutical Sciences

Research Interests: Bioactive molecules from cyanobacteria and antineoplastic agents from higher plants

Jimmy Orjala
Ajay Rana, PhD
Claudia “CJ” Kubinski & Tapas Das Gupta Endowed Professor in Surgical Oncology; Director of Surgery Research

Department: Surgery

Research Interests: Breast Cancer, Pancreatic Cancer, Cell Signaling

Ajay Rana
Pradip Raychaudhuri, PhD
Professor

Department: Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics

Research Interests: DNA damage response, tumorigenesis, metastasis; FoxM1 in oncogenesis and metastasis; DDB2 in DNA damage response; mouse models in the lab

Pradip Raychaudhuri
Jalees Rehman, MD
Professor

Department: Pharmacology

Research Interests: Cancer metabolism; single cell transcriptomics and computational biology; immune response and inflammation in tumors; mechanisms of angiogenesis and metastasis

Jalees Rehman
Donald Vander Griend, PhD
Associate Professor

Department: Pathology

Research Interests:  Prostate cancer; prostate development; benign prostatic hyperplasia; stem cell transcription factors

Donald Griend