NCI-Supported Programs

Multidisciplinary programs include laboratory scientists, clinical investigators, providers of patient care, epidemiologists, and sociobehavioral scientists. Collaboration across disciplines ensures that insights gained in the lab can move quickly and effectively to cancer patients' bedsides and to cancer prevention and control programs. The following multidisciplinary research programs are supported by the National Cancer Institute Cancer Center Support Grant.

Roster of Program Leadership

Breast Oncology

Program Leaders: Laura J. Esserman, MD, MBA; Laura J. van ‘t Veer, PhD; Andrei Goga, MD, PhD
Education and Training Liaison: Rita Mukhtar, MD
Community Engagement Liaison: Jennifer James, MSW, MS, PhD

Cancer Control

Program Leaders: Scarlett Lin-Gomez, MPH, PhD; Pamela Ling, MD; Tung T. Nguyen, MD
Education and Training Liaison: Gideon St. Helen, PhD
Community Engagement Liaison: Nynikka Palmer, DrPH, MPH

Cancer Immunology & Immunotherapy

Program Leaders: Lawrence Fong, MD; Lewis L. Lanier, PhD; Thomas G. Martin, MD 
Education and Training Liaison: Nina Shah, MD
Community Engagement Liaison: Bita Fakhri, MD, MPH

Molecular Oncology

Program Leaders: Charles S. Craik, PhD; Pamela Munster, MD; Sourav Bandyopadhyay, PhD
Training and Education Liaison: Eric Collisson, MD
Community Engagement Liaison: Hani Goodarzi, PhD

Neurologic Oncology

Program Leaders: Nicholas Butowski, MD; Susan M. Chang, MD; Russell O. Pieper, PhD
Education and Training Liaison: Nancy Ann Oberheim Bush, MD, PhD
Community Engagement Liaison: Jennie Taylor, MD

Pediatric Malignancies

Program Leaders: Mignon Loh, MD; Alejandro Sweet-Cordero, MD; William A. Weiss, MD, PhD
Education and Training Liaison: Tiffany Lucas, MD
Community Engagement Liaison: Lena Winestone, MD

Prostate Cancer

Program Leaders: Matthew Cooperberg, MD, MPH; Felix Feng, MD; Eric J. Small, MD
Education and Training Liaison: Sima Porten, MD, MPH
Community Engagement Liaison: Hala Borno, MD

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Breast Oncology

The goal of the Breast Oncology Program is to support and stimulate basic, clinical, and population research in breast cancer and to facilitate the translation of these findings into improved cancer management and control.
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Cancer Control

The Cancer Control Program focuses on social, behavioral, communications, and health policy research, integrating it with cancer research across the spectrum from the basic to the population sciences.
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Cancer Immunology & Immunotherapy

The mission of the Cancer Immunology & Immunotherapy Program is to advance our understanding of the interplay between the immune system and both hematopoietic and solid tumors to discover new strategies for cancer therapy.
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Molecular Oncology

The goal of the Molecular Oncology Program is to discover and validate therapeutic targets and subsequently identify, develop, and test novel therapeutic strategies and biomarkers.
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Neurologic Oncology

The Neurologic Oncology Program aims to impact the diagnosis and treatment of brain cancer using a team approach.
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Pediatric Malignancies

The goal of the Pediatric Malignancies Program is to improve the outcome for children with cancer by investigating links between normal development and the aberrant signaling networks of childhood malignancies, and to leverage these genetic networks to identify new therapeutic targets that we integrate into innovative clinical trials.
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Prostate Cancer

The Prostate Cancer Program promotes interdisciplinary research to support the development of novel management and intervention strategies to improve the lives of men with prostate cancer.

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