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.









Hear from our Alumni:

“CaNCURE presented me with so many opportunities to explore the world of medicine, both inside and outside of the lab. I am eternally grateful for the connections I have made through CaNCURE at DFCI. In fact, I consulted both my day-today mentor and my PI when deciding between offers for my second co-op cycle.”

Zoe Bishop, CaNCURE ’16

Trainee Spotlight

Jack Francisco

Health Science, '22

Sagi Ravid

Chemical Engg, '21

Catherine Nicholas

Health Science, '20

Featured Trainee Publication

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Mentor Spotlight

Nathalie Agar, M.D.

Associate Professor, Neurosurgery,

Develops & validates mass spectrometry imaging methodologies to study neuro-oncology and guide the care of patients affected by brain cancer. Students will have the opportunity to image drug and metabolite transit through the blood-brain barrier in pre-clinical animal models and clinical trial patients treated with targeted therapy, with the goal of developing new brain-penetrating agents.

Anne Klibanski, M.D.

Physician in Medicine,,

Studies the pathogenesis and hormone regulation of pituitary tumors, with the goal of identifying more effective therapies for endocrine tumor treatment. Students will have the opportunity to test and validate new therapeutic strategies in vitro, as well as analyze clinical trial data.

Trainee Spotlight

Catherine Nicholas

Health Science, '20

Sagi Ravid

Chemical Engg, '21

Aviv Liani

Biology, '21

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

 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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