Graduate Students

Chromosome Metabolism and Cancer Training Grant

The aim of this award 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 the following core competencies: analytical approach to defining scientific questions; design of scientifically testable hypotheses; broad-based knowledge acquisition; interpretation and analysis of data; laboratory techniques and safety; experimental design; data analysis and interpretation; appropriate use of statistics; and effective search strategies and critical evaluation of scientific literature. 

  • The training grant is awarded to and administered solely by Fred Hutch
  • Appointments are usually 12 months in length
  • Trainees must competitively reapply for a second year of funding
  • Tuition covered at approximately 60% for predocs

We are not currently accepting applications. Please check back in late Summer 2017. 

Mentor Eligibility

  • Based at Fred Hutch
  • Documented interests and activities in translational cancer research and/or fundamental molecular and cell biology
  • Scientifically productive
  • For pre-doctoral mentors: Must have an appointment at UW with graduate training status
  • Able to cover shortfalls in trainee costs

Trainee Eligibility

  • Based at Fred Hutch
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident
Pre-doctoral Trainee Eligibility
  • Accepted into MCB program or other appropriate PhD programs
  • Must have completed first year of coursework and rotations
  • Must be in second or third year of PhD program, OR first or second year in thesis lab
  • Must be eligible for Kirschstein-NRSA support (no more than 5 years in aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support)
Post-doctoral Trainee Eligiblity
  • Trainees with less than 3 years of training at the point of the application are preferred
  • Must be eligible for Kirschstein-NRSA support (no more than 3 years in aggregate Kirschstein-NRSA support)


For further information, contact:

Anissa Barker Training Grant Administrator

Toshi Tsukiyama Program Co-Director

Bob Eisenman Program Director


The Chromosome Metabolism and Cancer Training Grant is proud to provide support to Hutch United and the Seattle Genetic Instability and Cancer Symposium (SGICS).