What is CaNCURE?

CaNCURE was created to provide Northeastern University undergrads with experiential training in cancer nanomedicine.  Over 50 trainees have already completed the program.
Our co-op students spend 6-months performing hands-on research in a NCI-funded research lab.   This research experience is supplemented with research and bio/nano innovation seminars, professional development activities, and opportunities to present research.
 Our alumni have successfully found new co-op and jobs in cancer research, scholarships to medical school, and scholarships to graduate school.  58% of alumni are currently performing cancer research.









Hear from our Alumni:

“The work that I am doing may one day assist in providing new ways of identifying and monitoring cancer.  This means that physicians could find cancer earlier and provide patients with better treatment options, tailored to their individual disease at that moment in time.  This would improve patient’s prognosis and quality of life, which is the most important thing in the world.”

Rachel Fontana, Biochemistry, ’16

Trainee Spotlight

Kaitlin Moore

Health Science, '19

PDT and PIT with Chemotherapy for Treatment of 3D Ovarian Cancer Nodules Under Flow and Static Conditions

Pamela Guerra

Cell and Molecular Biology, '21

Use of CT Texture Analysis for Characterization and Prognostication of Incidental Adnexal Lesions

Evan Mun

Biochemistry, '20

Discovering the Genetic Mechanism of Enhanced Metastatic Colonization in SMAD4 Mutant Tumors

Upcoming Events

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Mentor Spotlight

Omid Farokhzad, M.D.

Associate Professor of Anesthesia,

The Farokhzad group has pioneered the use of high-throughput self-assembly methods to develop novel nanomedicines. Students will focus on the design of a nanoparticle system with simultaneous diagnostic and imaging capabilities in order to help locate prostate cancer cells and study their specific characteristics.

G Mike Makrigiorgos, Ph.D.

Professor of Radiation Oncology, HMS

We apply nanoparticle-based approaches for DNA molecular diagnostics, PCR-based detection of DNA alterations, as well as the enrichment and identification of cancer biomarkers from blood-circulating DNA/RNA. We also combine site-specific image-guided irradiation with nanoparticle based approaches for enhancing detection of circulating biomarkers via ‘liquid biopsy’.

Trainee Spotlight

Evan Mun

Biochemistry, '20

Discovering the Genetic Mechanism of Enhanced Metastatic Colonization in SMAD4 Mutant Tumors

Patrick Sheedy

Health Sciences, '19

Investigation of a miRNA associated with cancer metastasis. Proj 2-Development of a novel nanoparticle for MPI analysis of thromboses

Neha Shankar

Health Science, '19

Development of Smart INCeRT Brachytherapy Spacers via PLGA and Docetaxel for Combined Chemo-Radiation Therapies in Prostate Cancer

 Get Involved

Interested in learning how nanomedicine is used to detect and treat cancer? Want to get involved in developing new nanotechnologies for the clinic? We are looking to match undergrads at Northeastern University with leading Boston researchers and clinicians for a six-month, hands-on research experience.  If you are thinking about a career in cancer science, engineering, or medicine, come get involved in the world’s first undergraduate program in cancer nanomedicine!  We have 8 upcoming openings for the January – June 2019 co-op period.  We will be accepting applications starting in October 2018 via NUcareers.

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