Cancer Training

Current Training Projects:

  • Investigation into t-Darpp Functions in Triple Negative Breast Cancer
    • COH: Susan Kane, Ph.D (Faculty)
    • CSULA: Jamil Momand, Ph.D (Faculty)

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  • Synthesis and Testing of A Novel Chemotherapeutic Agent for Breast Cancer
    • COH: Shiuan Chen, Ph.D (Faculty)
    • CSULA: Jamil Momand, Ph.D (Faculty)
    • CSULA: Jessica Ponce (Student)
    • CSULA: Mecca Madany (Student)
    • CSULA: Mayra Mendoza (Former Student)

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Training Student: Jessica Ponce

Training Student: Mecca Madany

Former Student: Mayra Mendoza

  • Response and Resistance of Cancer Cells to Therapeutic Agents
    • COH: Susan Kane, Ph.D (Faculty)
    • CSULA: Edith Porter, M.D (Faculty)
    • CSULA: Janine Gilkes (Student)
    • CSULA: Anthony Martinez (Former Student)

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Training Student: Janine Gilkes

Former Student: Anthony Martinez

  • Molecular Mechanisms of Breast Cancer Progression
    • COH: Carlotta Glackin, Ph.D (Faculty)
    • CSULA: Sandra Sharp, Ph.D (Faculty)
    • CSULA: Anna Munoz (Former Student)

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Former Training Student: Anna Munoz

  • Structural Edlucidation of Interactions of Carcinogenic Metal Ions with Zinc Finger DNA Repair Proteins - Toward Molecular Mechanism in Carcinogenesis
    • COH: Tim O'Connor, Ph.D (Faculty)
    • CSULA: Xin Wen, Ph.D (Faculty)
    • CSULA: Erika Vielmas (Student)
    • CSULA: Jose Zamalloa (Student)

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Training Students: Erika Vielmas & Jose Zamalloa


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Cancer Training

The purpose of this component is to provide minority students with training opportunities in laboratory-based cancer research. CSULA students will work in research laboratories engaged in cancer research (molecular carcinogenesis, chemoprevention, drug discovery, drug resistance). The research projects will be collaborations between CSULA and COH faculty and the students can be housed at either institution. Student trainees will be full participants in the research projects and they will also participate in a variety of enrichment activities outside of the laboratory, including general science/research preparedness activities, cancer-related courses, seminars, journal clubs and symposia.

Three students will be supported by the program each year. Trainees will participate for one or two years, depending on their undergraduate status at the time of entry. After being accepted into the program, trainees will first attend two orientation workshops to inform them about the program, help them choose a research project, and educate them in the responsible conduct of research.

Workshop 1:
Introduction to the Cancer Collaborative. This is intended to inform students about the requirements and expectations of the program and about the multiple research and other learning opportunities available to them at CSULA and COH.

Workshop 2:
Responsible Conduct of Research. This workshop is required as an orientation for all Collaborative students before they begin their research.

Trainees will then choose a research project designed specifically for the Cancer Collaborative. All projects are collaborations between CSULA and COH faculty and all are focused on some aspect of cancer research. A list of sample projects can be found by clicking here[live link to page with training projects]. Students are expected to commit a significant amount of their time to the laboratory. During the summer, students will be 75% in the lab and 25% in workshops and other co-curricular activities (below). During the academic year, at least 25% of their time will be in the lab, supplemented with group meetings, seminars and journal clubs. Trainees will receive a research stipend of $16,000 per year.

Each trainee will develop an Individualized Learning Plan that will include attendance at a series of skills development workshops offered through CSULA’s MORE program [link to MORE program summer workshops], cancer-related Advanced Topics courses offered through COH’s Graduate School of Biological Sciences[link to], and a variety of seminars, journal clubs, and medical grand round opportunities on both campuses. Trainees are also required to attend the Distinguished Speaker Series put on each year by the Cancer Collaborative. A final set of resources available to students is writing support and career advisement provided through the MORE programs at CSULA and grantwriters at COH who can assist with fellowship applications.

The first round of applications[live link to application page] will be solicited in June, 2007. View this site for information about the application process and relevant deadlines.


CSULA Minority Opportunities in REsearch (MORE) Program
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City of Hope Educational Opportunities
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