What is CaNCURE?

CaNCURE was created in 2015 to provide Northeastern University undergrads with experiential training in cancer nanomedicine.  Sixty-six trainees have already completed the program so far, and we expect to train another eighty-nine students in the next 5 years.
Our co-op students spend 6-months performing hands-on research in a NCI-funded research laboratory.   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.

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Trainees

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Mentors

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Publications

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Presentations


Hear from our Alumni:

“CaNCURE has helped to firm my interest in cancer medicine because it taught me the actual science behind a disease that presents itself in so many different ways. I love interacting with the cancer patients in our clinic because they are so humble and really teach me about taking life one day at a time.”

Marisa Wozniak, CaNCURE ’16


Trainee Spotlight


Sagi Ravid

Chemical Engineering, '21

Enhanced delivery of camptothecin and doxorubicin conjugates with hyaluronic acid for the treatment of Glioblastoma using microbubble-mediated focused ultrasound

Catherine Nicholas

Health Science, '20

RHAMM splicing in multiple myeloma (MM) and its implications for immunotherapy

Aviv Liani

Biology, '21

Impact of RPS15 mutation on development and progression of chronic lymphocytic leukemia

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Mentor Spotlight


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’.


Nathan McDannold, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Radiology,

Develops drug delivery strategies that utilize focused-ultrasound and microbubbles to increase the permeability of the blood-brain barrier. Students will assess and optimize chemotherapy delivery and drug retention following ultrasound-induced brain tumor permeability enhancement.


Trainee Spotlight


Sagi Ravid

Chemical Engineering, '21

Enhanced delivery of camptothecin and doxorubicin conjugates with hyaluronic acid for the treatment of Glioblastoma using microbubble-mediated focused ultrasound

Jack Francisco

Health Science, '22

Integrated diffraction-based diagnostic for point-of-care screening

Catherine Nicholas

Health Science, '20

RHAMM splicing in multiple myeloma (MM) and its implications for immunotherapy


 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 9 upcoming openings for the January – June 2019 co-op period.  We will be accepting applications starting in September 2018 via NUcareers.

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