Fall 2020

The Cancer Education and Career Development Program is continuing with our regular curriculum virtually until further notice. We continue to host weekly seminars, meetings, progress reviews, and workshops.

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Recent Alumni News

  • Congrats! Predoctoral fellow, Sabrina Young, successfully defended her dissertation entitled "The Role of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program in Food Insecurity and Food Acquisitions" in May 2020. She will start a position as a Research Agricultural Economist for the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

  • Congrats! CECDP predoctoral alumna, Sparkle Springfield, has completed her post-doc at Stanford University and accepted a faculty position of Assistant Professor in the Department of Public Health at the Parkinson School of Public Health and Health Sciences at Loyola University Chicago.

  • Congrats! CECDP predoctoral alumna Karla Castellanos successfully defended her dissertation entitled “Pancreatic Cancer Chemoprevention by Metformin in a High Fat Diet“ in August 2020!


We congratulate recent alumni on progress in their careers:

  • Predoctoral fellow Sabrina Young received NIH F31 Award in Spring 2019 to continue her project “Health consequences of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program administrative decisions across the monthly SNAP benefit cycle.”
  • After completeing our predoctoral training program and her dissertation in 2018, Dr. Rachel Harrington accepted a position as a research scientist for the Quality Measurement & Research Group at the National Committee for Quality Assurance in Washington, D.C.
  • After completing our postdoctoral program in summer 2018, Dr. Molly Scannel Bryan joined the UIC College of Medicine as a research assistant professor working in the Institute of Minority Health Research.
  • After completing our postdoctoral program in 2018, Dr. Neeraj Kumar became a senior research associate at the Center for Computational Imaging and Personalized Diagnostics at Case Western Reserve University.
  • Dr. Chelsea Singleton joined the faculty of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign as an assistant professor of kinesiology and community health after completing our postdoctoral program in summer 2018.
  • After completing our predoctorate program in 2017, Dr. Sparkle Springfield began a postdoctoral research fellowship at Stanford University School of Medicine.