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Training and instruction

In the UIC Cancer Education and Career Development Program, mentors play a key role in supporting fellows’ path to becoming independent cancer researchers. Each fellow is mentored by a senior investigator funded by the National Cancer Institute in an area matching the felliow’s scientific interests. With weekly one-to-one meetings, the fellow and her or his mentor develop a strong working relationship in which the fellow’s advancement of research goals, skills and experience is primary.


We have recruited over two dozen UIC faculty members and scientists with established research careers, experience leading or collaborating in a multidisplinary research team, and diverse interests across the cancer continuum to serve as mentors in our program. The majority of our mentors are principal investigators of active research grants funded by the National Institutes of Health R01, center, or program project grant mechanisms, or equivalent funding. In some cases, mentors are co-investigators participating in a large multidisciplinary research team or having specialized expertise. All mentors have a solid publication record and a history of dedication to the development of new investigators.

Mentors can provide fellows opportunities to engage in ongoing research projects, in which they participate as team members and pursue their own scientific questions. In this way, fellows begin to develop their own research strategies and collect data while being part of an interdisciplinary cancer research team.

Before applying to the program, candidates are encouraged to identify a potential mentor and to correspond with him or her about their professional goals.

Our mentors’ expertise spans the continuum of cancer of cancer research, including health behaviors, policy and cancer biomarkers. Their work ranges from basic science, to the study of environmental and behavioral influences on cancer, and on to intervention design testing and randomized control trials.

CECDP Mentors Heading link

Health Behaviors Policy Cancer Biomarkers Junior Mentoring Program
Geri Donenberg, PhD Frank Chaloupka, PhD Maria Argos, PhD Andrew Dykens, MD
Marian Fitzgibbon, PhD Jamie Chriqui, PhD Joanna Burdette, MD Yamile Molina, PhD
Robin Mermelstein, PhD Lisa Powell, PhD Alan Diamond, PhD Sharmilee Nyenhuis, MD
Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, PhD Sandy Slater, PhD Peter Gann, MD, ScD
Kent Hoskins, MD Larisa Nonn, PhD
Molly Martin, MD Paul Grippo, PhD
David Marquez, PhD Garth Rauscher, PhD
Phoenix Matthwes, PhD
Angela Odoms-Young, PhD
Caryn Peterson, PhD
Benjamin Van Voorhees, MD