Graduate and Postdoctoral Students

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center is committed to provide cancer research programs and opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral associates and many hold appointments as graduate faculty in UH Departments. UH Cancer Center faculty offer the opportunity of hands-on research experience in cancer biology and population sciences to graduate students and postdoctoral associates. This is accompanied by focused journal clubs, seminars, symposia, and data clubs to enhance their career training and create a community of young scientists in which ideas can be readily shared.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Students

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center is committed to provide cancer research programs and opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral associates and many hold appointments as graduate faculty in UH Departments. UH Cancer Center faculty offer the opportunity of hands-on research experience in cancer biology and population sciences to graduate students and postdoctoral associates. This is accompanied by focused journal clubs, seminars, symposia, and data clubs to enhance their career training and create a community of young scientists in which ideas can be readily shared.

Journal Clubs


Cancer Center Trainee Forum Events

(Monthly)
Meeting of interested trainees at the graduate and postdoctoral level with the goal to provide career development sessions and workshops and an opportunity to build a sense of community among trainees.

Contact:  Kathleen Plaza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (808) 564-5908

Cancer Biology Journal Club

(Semester)
The Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer group discusses the latest research papers and is available as a 1 credit graduate level course.

Contact (Spring): Dr. Michelle Matter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (808) 440-3486

Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention in the Pacific

(Second Tuesday of each month)
Topics include cancer etiology, epidemiology, nutrition, and prevention.

Contact: Dr. Herbert Yu at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (808) 564-5910

Cancer Biology Data Club

More details on this seminar coming soon.

Contact:  Dr. Muller Fabbri at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (808) 564-3804

The 2019 UH Cancer Center Travel Award

What is the Travel Award?

The UH Cancer Center Travel Award will provide funding for 4-5 trainees per year to present their cancer-related research at a peer-reviewed conference.

How much will be awarded?

Funding will depend on the expected travel and registration costs. Awards may vary between $1,000 to $2,500 depending on the location of the conference and funding availability. Room sharing or booking alternate lodging to avoid excessive hotel costs is strongly encouraged.

Who is eligible?

  • Post-doctoral fellows and graduate students working on cancer related topics
  • Trainee applying for the travel award must be first author and presenter of the abstract
  • Mentor is a UH Cancer Center member
  • Abstract or oral presentation is accepted (official acceptance letter can be provided later)

What are my obligations?

The awardee will be required to sign a statement confirming that he/she will present at the stated conference, provide an official letter of acceptance for the conference, and submit a short post-conference report. The report should describe briefly a few high points of talks that made an impact on you and how attending the conference made a difference to your research project (e.g. feedback on your project at the poster/talk, ideas gleaned from a presentation, new collaborations, etc.).

When is the deadline?

Applicants are invited to submit their applications at least 2 months before the conference takes place.  We will evaluate applications as they are received.

How do I apply?

Interested individuals must submit:

  • Application form
  • CV/resume
  • Abstract submitted to conference
  • Confirmation of acceptance (poster or oral)*

*Can be submitted later

Who should I contact?

Materials should be submitted via email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please put “Travel Award” in the email subject head. Please direct questions to The Travel Award Committee at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Our Researchers participate in the following graduate programs

Cell and Molecular Biology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Human Nutrition, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Pharmacology , University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo