CPRIT Fellowship

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Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research

We are not currently accepting applications from doctoral students and post-doctoral candidates for the CPRIT Fellowship Program. A status update will be posted in early December.

Please contact Patricia Dolan Mullen, DrPH, 713-500-9658, for further information.

 

Welcome to the CPRIT-UT Health – Fellowship in Innovation for Cancer Prevention Research (ICPR) – UT Health’s training program for pre- and post-doctoral fellowships in cancer prevention and control. This program goes beyond being a quality cancer education and career development program to focus on helping those seeking a career in cancer prevention and control research to learn to ask the important research questions, apply cutting edge methods, and move the field of cancer forward in big – not baby steps.

About CPRIT

The program is generously funded by the UTHealth Innovation in Cancer Prevention Research Training Program (Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas grant #RP140103). The CPRIT program was created in 2007 as part of a voter-approved constitutional amendment authorizing the state to issue $3 billion in bonds to fund groundbreaking cancer research and prevention programs and services in Texas.

You can find out more about CPRIT at their website:

http://www.cprit.state.tx.us/

Predoctoral Cancer Education and Career Development Program

What the Program Offers

Full time Doctoral fellows (who may be on international visas) receive:

  • Training and coaching in innovative thinking by the author of four books on innovation, UTHealth’s Vice-President for Innovation, Dr. Roberta Ness
  • Excellent mentoring in a rich research environment with the stimulation of a complementary mentor
  • $28,000 for full-time effort toward a rigorous academic program
  • Full benefits and paid tuition (up to $6,000 based on in-state status that comes with the fellowship) for doctoral studies and approved short courses. Also, books, software, $1000 travel to national meetings, cubicle space, and a desktop or laptop computer
  • Writing consultation
  • Ongoing support and feedback in an integrative research seminar for fellows, led by the Program directors; sessions focus on application of innovative thinking to work in progress, dissertation and grant applications, ethics cases, and provocative journal articles, and career development writing and presentation skills
  • Coursework and on-line training in the responsible conduct of research

Affiliate fellows with salary support from employment related to cancer receive the training and coaching, mentoring, tuition and books, travel, computer, writing consultation, and ongoing support and feedback in the integrative seminar. 

Note:  Appointments are guaranteed for one year.  We are currently applying for a 5-year renewal, with the decision to be announced November 2014.

 

CURRENT FELLOWS

Andrew Aschenbrenner

Andrew Aschenbrenner Photo

Current Institution:

University of Texas School of Public Health, Houston, TX; PhD in Biostatistics

Previous Institutions:

University of California, Irvine, Irvine, CA; BS in Mathematics

CPRIT Project Title

Multivariate analysis in RNA-Seq gene expression data

Jose Franck Diaz Vasquez

Jose Franck Vasquez Diaz Photo

Current Institutions

The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics, Houston, TX; PhD in Biomedical Informatics

Previous Institutions

  • Ecole Superieure d’Ingenieurs de Luminy (ESIL - Polytec’ Marseille). Marseille, France; Diplome d’ingenieur (MS+BS) in Biomedical Engineering
  • International Exchange at Texas A&M, College Station, TX; Non-degree program in Biomedical Engineering
  • Santo Domingo Institute of Technology, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; BS in Mechanical Engineering

CPRIT Project Title

Systematic data quality assessment for the reliable reuse of clinical data in research

Select Publications

  • Jose-Franck Diaz-Garelli, MS, Elmer V. Bernstam, MD, MSE, Mohammad H. Rahbar PhD, Todd Johnson, PhD “Rediscovering drug side effects: the impact of analytical assumptions on the detection of associations in EHR data” at AMIA CRI 2015, San Francisco, CA. Spring 2015. - Under Review
  • Franck Diaz-Garelli MS, Muhammad Walji PhD, Amy Franklin PhD, Jiajie Zhang PhD “Is drug-drug interaction alert overriding dependent on temporal separation?” at AMIA symposium 2013, Washington DC. Fall 2013.


Krit Ritthipichai

Krit Ritthipichai PhotoCurrent Institutions

The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX; PhD in Immunology

Previous Institutions

  • University of Maryland, College Park, MD; MS in Veterinary Medical Sciences
  • Kasetsart University, Bangkok, Thailand; DVM

CPRIT Project Title

Uncovering the role of RNA-binding protein with multiple splicing in tumor infiltrating lymphocytes

Select Publications

  • Sim GC, Chacon J, Haymaker C, Ritthipichai K, Singh M, Hwu P, Radvanyi L. 2014. Tumor-Infiltrating Lymphocyte Therapy for Melanoma: Rationale and Issues for Further Clinical Development. BioDrugs:1-17.

Maryia Lu

Current Institutions

The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Houston, TX; PhD in Cell and Regulatory Biology

Previous Institutions

  • Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA; BS in Biology

CPRIT Project Title

Phospholipid metabolism/ signaling in breast cancer

Select Publications

  • Zhang F, Wang Z, Lu M, Yonekubo Y, Liang X, Zhang Y, Wu P, Zhou Y, Grinstein S, Hancock J, Du G. 2014. Temporal production of the signaling lipid phosphatidic acid by phospholipase d2 determines the output of extracellular signal-regulated kinase signaling in cancer cells. Molecular and Cellular Biology. 34(1):84-95.
  • Zhou Y, Maxwell KN, Sezgin E, Lu M, Liang H, Hancock JF, Dial EJ, Lichtenberger LM, Levental I. 2013. Bile acids modulate signaling by functional perturbation of plasma membrane domains. Journal of Biological Chemistry. 288(50):35660-35670.


Zhiguo Yu

Zhiguo Yu Photo

Current Institutions

The University of Texas School of Biomedical Informatics, Houston, TX; PhD in Biomedical Informatics

Previous Institutions

  • University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; MS in Electrical and Computer Engineering
  • Beijing Institute of Technology, Beijing, China; BS in Electronic Engineering and Information Science

CPRIT Project Title

Application of topic models in personalized cancer therapy

Postdoctoral Program

What the Program Offers

Full time Postdoctoral fellows (who may be on international visas) receive:

  • Training and coaching in innovative thinking by the author of four books on innovation, UTHealth’s Vice-President for Innovation, Dr. Roberta Ness
  • Excellent mentoring in a rich research environment with the stimulation of a complementary mentor
  • $50,000 for full-time effort
  • Full benefits and paid tuition (up to $6,000 based on in-state status that comes with the fellowship) coursework, including approved short courses. Also, books, software, $2000 travel to national meetings, shared office space, and a desktop or laptop computer
  • Writing consultation
  • Ongoing support and feedback in an integrative research seminar for fellows, led by the Program directors; sessions focus on application of innovative thinking to work in progress, dissertation and grant applications, ethics cases, and provocative journal articles, and career development writing and presentation skills
  • Coursework and on-line training in the responsible conduct of research

Affiliate fellows with salary support from employment related to cancer receive the training and coaching, mentoring, tuition and books, travel, computer, writing consultation, and ongoing support and feedback in the integrative seminar. 

Note:  Appointments are guaranteed for one year.  We are currently applying for a 5-year renewal, with the decision to be announced November 2014. 

CURRENT FELLOWS

Jingjing Jiao

Current Institutions

MD Anderson Cancer Center, Department of Molecular and Cellular Oncology, Houston, TX; Postdoctoral fellow

Previous Institutions

  • Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY; PhD

CPRIT Project Title

Etiology and molecular characteristic of high prevalence of HCC and underlying liver disease in Hispanics in South Texas


Zhenlong Li

Zhenlong Li Photo

Current Institutions

The University of Texas Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, Houston, TX; Postdoctoral fellow

Previous Institutions

  • Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH; PhD in Macromolecular Science and Engineering
  • University of Science and Technology of China, Hefei, China; MS in Chemistry
  • Hefei University of Technology, Hefei, China; BS in Polymer Science and Engineering

CPRIT Project Title

Rational design of drug nanocarriers for cancer chemotherapy using multiscale computational approaches

Select Publications

  • Li Z, Gorfe AA. 2014. Receptor-mediated membrane adhesion of Lipid-Polymer Hybrid (LPH) nanoparticles studied by Dissipative Particle Dynamics. Nanoscale. DOI: 10.1039/C4NR04834B.
  • Li Z, Gorfe AA. 2014. Modulation of a two-domain lipid vesicle by linactants, J. Phys. Chem. B. 118(30): 9028-9036.
  • Li Z, Gorfe AA. 2013. Deformation of a two-domain lipid bilayer due to asymmetric insertion of lipidated H-ras peptides. Soft Matter. 9(47):11249-56.
  • Li Z*, Jansoi L*, Gorfe AA. 2012. Formation and domain partitioning of H-ras peptide nanoclusters: effects of peptide concentration and lipid composition, Amer. Chem. Soc.  134(41):17278-85. *Contributed equally.
  • Jansoi L*, Li Z*, Hancock JF, Gorfe AA. 2012. Organization, dynamics, and segregation of Ras nanoclusters in membrane domains, Natl. Acad. Sci. U. S. A. 109(21):8097-102. *Contributed equally.


Sara Prijic

Sara Prijic Photo

Current Institutions

The University of Texas Medical School, Department of Integrative Biology and Pharmacology, Houston, TX; Postdoctoral fellow

Previous Institutions

  • University of Ljubljana Faculty of Medicine, Ljubljana, Slovenia; PhD in Basic Medical Sciences
  • University of Ljubljana Veterinary Faculty, Ljubljana, Slovenia; DVM

CPRIT Project Title

Aberrant cell cholesterol homeostasis in metastatic breast cancer


Azam Yazdani

Azam Yazdani Photo

Current Institutions

The University of Texas School of Public Health, Department of Biostatistics, Houston, TX; Postdoctoral fellow

Previous Institutions

  • Friedrich-Schiller University, Jena, Germany; PhD in Statistical Causal Inference
  • Cambridge University, Cambridge, England; Exchange student
  • Henley University, Henley-on-Thames, England; M.Sc. level course, Data Mining Methods in Management Systems
  • National University of Iran, Tehran, Iran; MS in Statistics
  • Allame Tabatabaee University, Tehran, Iran; BS in Statistics

CPRIT Project Title

Identification of causal structures among metabolomics data set

Select Publications

  • Yazdani A, Boerwinkle E. 2014. Causal Inference in the Age of Decision Medicine. Data Mining in Genomics and Proteomics. Under revision.
  • Yazdani A, Boerwinkle E. 2014. Causal Inference at the Population Level. International Journal of Research in Medical Sciences. Under revision.
  • Hamedani GG, Javanshiri Z, Maadooliat M, Yazdani A. Remarks on Characterizations of Malinowski & Szynal. Applied Mathematics and Computation. 246:377-388.
  • Yazdani A, Meshkani MR. 2007. Exponential Regression for Odds in a Stationary Markov Chain. Journal of Statistical Theory and Applications. 6(1):1-33.
  • Yazdani A, Meshkani MR. 2006. Regression Analysis in Markov Chain, Iranian Journal of Statistics & Technology. 30(A3):349-354.

Take the Innovation thinking course by the head of the program, Roberta B. Ness, M.D., M.P.H., who literally wrote the book on innovation: Innovation Generation: How to Produce Creative and Useful Scientific Ideas  as well as Genius Unmasked and Creativity in the Sciences: A Workbook Companion to Innovation Generation. Her newest book, The Creativity Crisis: Reinventing Science to Unleash Possibility, was released in December of 2014.

Dr. Ness' online course on innovation will launch on July 27, 2015. Enroll in it now!

Creativity Crisis Book Cover

Click below to see the TedXHouston talk, "Innovative thinking: Can you be taught?" with Roberta B. Ness, MD, MPH