Chromosome Metabolism and Cancer Training Grant

Graduate Students

Chromosome Metabolism and Cancer Training Grant

Program Description

The aim of the Chromosome Metabolism and Cancer Training Grant is to support research training and research projects in the area of chromosome activities and their links to cancer. This includes but is not limited to research on mechanisms of DNA replication, repair, rearrangement and modification; transcription, splicing and RNA modification; chromatin structure and epigenetics; mitosis, chromosome segregation and instability; oncogenes and tumor suppressors; tumor initiation and progression; cell transformation, differentiation, apoptosis and senescence; cell-cell and cell-matrix interactions, adhesion, migration and growth factors; and other areas of chromosome and cancer biology. 

Trainees design and execute a research project, participate in training program research, take courses in bioinformatics and neoplasia, and present at the annual training program colloquium. Through this program, trainees develop and strengthen scientific core competencies.

The training grant, a Ruth L. Kirschstein National Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grant awarded to Fred Hutch by the National Cancer Institute, supports 8 trainees each year. Initial appointments are 12 months in length, and trainees must competitively reapply for a second year of support. Tuition is covered at approximately 60% for predoctoral trainees. We welcome applications from underrepresented individuals, individuals with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.

Trainee Eligibility

Trainees must be based at Fred Hutch.

Citizenship: U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident possessing an Alien Registration Receipt Card or other verification of legal admission as a permanent resident.

Must be eligible for Kirschstein-NRSA support. No individual trainee may receive more than 5 years in aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at predoc level, and no more than 3 years in aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support at postdoc level.

Predoctoral Trainees

Accepted into the Molecular and Cellular Biology program or other appropriate PhD program at the University of Washington.

Completed first year of coursework and rotations; in second/third year of PhD program, or first/second year in thesis lab.

We are not able to appoint trainees on staff assignments to training grants nor can we support out-of-state tuition.

Postdoctoral Trainees

Trainees with less than three years of training at the point of application are preferred.

Mentor Eligibility

Documented interests and activities in translational cancer research and/or fundamental molecular and cell biology.

Scientifically productive.

Able to cover shortfalls in trainee costs.

Predoctoral mentors must have an appointment at the University of Washington with graduate training status.

Program Contacts

Anissa Barker, Administrator

Toshi Tsukiyama, Program Co-Director

Bob Eisenman, Program Director