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:  Cherie Guillermo at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (808) 441-7704

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.).

How do I apply?

Interested individuals must submit:

*Conference must take place at least a 2 months after the application deadline to allow processing of the travel award.

Who should I contact?

Materials should be submitted via email by January 15, 2019 (spring)/August 15, 2019 (Fall) 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. Depending on individual circumstances, applications may be considered at alternate dates. 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