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:

“Due to both the helpfulness of my lab members and the weekly CaNCURE seminars, I have gained a strong understanding of my research and see the possible applications of this work in the cancer nanomedicine industry. CaNCURE has provided an all-encompassing co-op experience, helping me not only to see the implications of the research with which I’m involved, but also how to extend these ideas based on my own knowledge.”

Sonali Rodrigues, Behavioral Neuroscience, ’16

Trainee Spotlight

Mostafa Abdelhalim

Biochemistry, '21

Targeted Delivery of Liposomes using PARP Inhibitors to Treat Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer

Adrienne Orriols

Behavioral Neuroscience, '19

Characterization of Nano-Dinaciclib in Combination with Nano-Talazoparib for the Treatment of Breast Cancer

Daem Celestin

Cell and Molecular Biology, '21

The Nano-plasmonic Exosome (nPLEX) Assay for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Diagnosis and Prognosis

Featured Trainee Publication

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Mentor Spotlight

Mukesh Harisinghani, M.D.

Professor of Radiology,

We develop magnetic nanoparticle-based platforms for use as magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) contrast agents in cancer diagnosis. Students will have the opportunity to study nanoparticle-enhanced MRI data from clinical trials in order to improve the detection of lymph node metastases.

Anna Moore, Ph.D.

Professor of Radiology, HMS

Our research deals with non-invasive imaging of molecular targets in cancer. Students with have the opportunity to explore the use of targeted multimodal nanoparticles for imaging of tumor growth, metastasis, and treatment.

Trainee Spotlight

Rreze Grajcevci

Health Sciences, '21

Analyzing metastasis through targeted miRNA nanotherapy in aggressive breast cancer

Daem Celestin

Cell and Molecular Biology, '21

The Nano-plasmonic Exosome (nPLEX) Assay for Pancreatic Ductal Adenocarcinoma Diagnosis and Prognosis

Nidhi Shankar

Health Science, '19

Molecular Analysis of Plasma Vesicles for Early Pancreatic Cancer Detection

 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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