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:

“I wanted to work on an interesting project and make progress that could give something back to the scientific community. Through this co-op, I was able to achieve that.”

Rachel Fontana, Biochemistry, ’16


Trainee Spotlight


Valentina Torres

Health Science, '21

Metabolite Quantification from Cancer Tissues using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging

Mia Wallach

Business (w Concentration in Healthcare Management and Consulting), '23

Nano-Talazoparib and Nano-Dinaciclib Combination Therapy for Lung Cancer Cells

Mahimasri Kotamreddy

Biology and Mathematics, '21

Understanding the Role of Epigenetics in Multiple Myeloma Progression

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Mentor Spotlight


Ciprian Catana, M.D., Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Radiology , HMS

Our laboratory seeks to improve the quantification of the PET data using the simultaneously acquired MR information in integrated MR-PET scanners. Students will have the opportunity to use advanced MR-PET methods to study the delivery, mechanism of action and effects of therapeutic agents in cancer patients.


Jinjun Shi, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Anaesthesia, BWH, HMS

He has extensive experience in the research fields of nanomedicine and biomaterials, and has developed many multifunctional nanoparticle platforms for the delivery of therapeutic small molecules, proteins and nucleic acids.


Trainee Spotlight


Valentina Torres

Health Science, '21

Metabolite Quantification from Cancer Tissues using Matrix-Assisted Laser Desorption Ionization Mass Spectrometry Imaging

Rodrigo Blanco Bravo

Bioengineering, '22

Multiplexed cellular fluorescent imaging in head and neck squamous cell carcinomas (HNSCC) for different markers to predict patient specific response rates to immunotherapy and for mapping of the tumor microenvironment (TME).

Holly Chadwick

Behavioral Neuroscience, '23

In vivo investigation of the pathogenesis and development of pituitary adenomas in relation to the loss of MEG3 expression


 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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