Program Overview

The UK CNTC offers participants a comprehensive education and research training experience through intensive, team mentored laboratory research projects, multidisciplinary seminars, a selection of short-courses, workshops and hands-on laboratory modules that will allow trainees to tailor their educational program to their research and career goals, and outreach and mentoring activities that will help trainees develop a sense of responsibility to a larger community of scientists and aspiring scientists as well as cancer patients. The laboratory research mentoring teams merge clinical oncologists, basic cancer biologists, and specialists in cancer drug pharmacokinetics/pharmacodynamics with nanotechnology researchers focused on platform technologies applicable to diagnostics and early detection, in vitro/in vivo imaging, and multifunctional drug delivery systems.

Full-time predoctoral participants in the UK CNTC are typically advanced graduate students (post-qualifying exam) in a Ph.D. program in one of the participating departments although enrollees in the M.D./Ph.D. program in the College of Medicine may also qualify. Predoctoral trainees receive a $30,000/yr stipend plus health insurance for two years. Graduate students will have their tuition covered for required courses. All trainees receive an allotment for lab supplies and travel support to attend a scientific meeting.

Postdoctoral participants (M.D. or Ph.D.) receive stipends of $40,000/yr plus health insurance for two years as well as an allotment for research supplies and travel support to attend a scientific conference. Individuals with a Ph.D., M.D., DVM or Pharmacy Degree are eligible for support as Postdoctoral Fellows. Because the grant for this training center permits a maximum of 25% international participants, only U.S. Nationals or permanent residents are invited to apply for postdoctoral positions at this time.