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.

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Trainees

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Mentors

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Publications

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Presentations


Hear from our Alumni:

“Of the specialties offered at medical school, oncology is one of the most appealing options to me, due to my personal experiences as well as scientific appreciation for cancer. The feeling my family and I had after learning of my grandmother’s recovery from brain cancer is what I wish to give back to other families throughout my lifetime. I believe that CaNCURE will help me accomplish this goal with the thrill of scientific discovery.”

Jordan Harris, Chemical Engineering, ’17


Trainee Spotlight


Nidhi Shankar

Health Science, '19

Molecular Analysis of Plasma Vesicles for Early Pancreatic Cancer Detection

Rreze Grajcevci

Health Sciences, '21

Analyzing metastasis through targeted miRNA nanotherapy in aggressive breast cancer

Vivian Zhang

Chemical Eng / Biochemistry, '21

Creating Animal Models of High-grade Serous Ovarian Cancer Cells

Featured Trainee Publication


Upcoming Events

Integrating Cancer Target Discovery with Drug Delivery Platforms: A Proof of Principle Study in Triple Negative Breast Cancer

Friday, October 19, 2018

Peng Guo, Ph.D. Instructor, The Moses Laboratory Vascular Biology Program Boston Children's Hospital, Harvard Medical School

121 Snell Library -- NEU, 3:25 PM


Mentor Spotlight


Zdravka Medarova, Ph.D.

Associate Professor in Radiology, MGH/MIT/HMS

The focus of my research has been the development and testing of multi-functional imaging/delivery vehicles for combined cancer imaging and therapy. More recently, our lab developed magnetic nanoparticles as delivery vehicles of miRNA-targeted therapy to breast tumors.


Wilfred Ngwa, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Radiation Oncology,

My work integrates research, clinical service, and teaching in Radiation Oncology, with current focus on developing smart biomaterials (Tiny drones to Target cancer) designed to boost local and metastatic tumor cell kill with minimal collateral damage or side effects.


Trainee Spotlight


Vivian Zhang

Chemical Eng / Biochemistry, '21

Creating Animal Models of High-grade Serous Ovarian Cancer Cells

Nidhi Shankar

Health Science, '19

Molecular Analysis of Plasma Vesicles for Early Pancreatic Cancer Detection

Daem Celestin

Cell and Molecular Biology, '21

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


 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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