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.

60

Trainees

33

Mentors

17

Publications

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Presentations


Hear from our Alumni:

“The nano field is super inno­v­a­tive and I want to be on the brink of new dis­cov­eries. Inte­grating dif­ferent sci­ences together, like biology, chem­istry, physics, and engi­neering, is really inter­esting to me.”

Jordan Harris, Chemical Engineering, ’17


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

Justin Margolin

Health Science, '19

Evaluation of deep learning approaches in an integrated PET/MRI scanner to generate pelvis attenuation maps and characterize prostate cancer


Upcoming Events

How to create a research e-portfolio

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

E-portfolios are a powerful tool for documenting and reflecting about experiential learning.  Come learn how to create an e-portfolio that talks about your CaNCURE experience.  We invite you to view the e-portfolios of our featured alumni, Rachel Fontana and Jordan Harris, or see the e-portfolios of other previous trainees from their individual profiles.      […]

435 Egan -- NEU, 3:25 PM


Mentor Spotlight


Rajiv Gupta, M.D., Ph.D.

Assistant Radiologist, MGH

Our lab is developing a prototype CT system, based on X-ray phases, which we expect to enable the visualization of normal and cancerous soft tissues in unprecedented detail. Students will parallel this effort by aiding in the development and optimization of tumor-targeted nanoparticles as CT contrast agents.


Michail Sitkovsky, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair of Immunophysiology and Pharmaceutical Biotechnology, NEU

A nanotechnology-based approach has been developed by this group to deliver co-adjuvants in a novel immunotherapy of cancer. Students will study how anti-tumor CD8 T-cells, modified with polymeric nanoparticles containing the A2A receptor antagonist and/or T cell-activating cytokine, increase local concentration of drugs in the tumor micro-environment.


Trainee Spotlight


Justin Margolin

Health Science, '19

Evaluation of deep learning approaches in an integrated PET/MRI scanner to generate pelvis attenuation maps and characterize prostate cancer

Sherrie Wang

Health Sciences, '19

Characterization of Targeted PARP-inhibitor Nanoformulations In Vitro and In Vivo

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


 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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