The New Mexico Cancer Nanoscience and Microsystems Training Center


November 14, 2013: Register early for a new course on Multi-Modality Molecular Imaging and Translational Medicine beginning January 27, 2014

CNTC trainees are encouraged to register as soon as possible for a 2-credit Spring seminar course led by Dr. Yubin Mao which focuses on non-invasive molecular imaging for cancer diagnosis and treatment. The course consists of three sections: (1). Introduction of molecular imaging focusing on SPECT/PET. (2). Molecular imaging focusing on MRI, Ultrasound, Optical, Infrared and EPR. (3). The applications of different imaging modalities in the design of translational medicine for cancer. More information »

November 15: Announcing the Spring 2014 short course on Clinical Cancer Perspectives

Led by Dr. Ashwani Rajput, Chief of Surgical Oncology, "Clinical Cancer Perspectives" will run for 8 weeks beginning March 26, the week after Spring break. The main goal is for all of us (biomedical scientists, physical scientists, engineers) to learn more about the real-world challenges and frustration of cancer for patients and the physicians who care for them. A better understanding should lead to new technology solutions to preventing and curing cancer.

All CNTC trainees should attend to get exposure to cancer as it presents in the clinic. Other trainees, stafff and faculty are cordially invited.

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Upcoming Events

March 28 & 29, 2014: The Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience

The fifth annual Art of Systems Biology and Nanoscience event will be held at 333 Montezuma Arts in Santa Fe on March 28 and 29, 2014. Scientific speakers will be Cell Biologist Dr. Sandra Schmid from University of Texas Southwestern Medical School in Dallas and biophysicist Diane Lidke from UNM. The art exhibit will showcase the stunning original watercolors and scientific illustrations of Dr. David Goodsell of The Scripps Research Institute, San Diego. A "National Nanodays" program for kids from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM on Saturday will be led by the UNM Nanoscience and Microsystems Engineering and Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center graduate students. The event is cosponsored by the New Mexico Spatiotemporal Modeling Center and the New Mexico Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center. Details and information »

The University of New Mexico and the partnering New Mexico National Laboratories have outstanding capabilities and breadth in materials synthesis and self-assembly, nanolithography, interrogative platforms, and functional micro/macrosystems. The University of New Mexico also has one of the 64 NCI-designated Cancer Centers in the nation and nanoscale engineering and physical sciences approaches provide core technologies for research to prevent, detect and treat cancer.

The New Mexico Cancer Nanoscience and Microsystems Training Center (CNTC) was established to recognize and to expand partnerships between the cancer and nanoscience communities in New Mexico in order to reduce suffering and death due to cancer. Its mission is to equip graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with the biomedical knowledge and nanoscale physical sciences and engineering tools needed to become next-generation leaders in cancer research. Interdisciplinary skills are developed primarily though immersion in interdisciplinary research teams working towards improved cancer prevention, diagnosis and treatment. CNTC mentors and fellows are drawn from a wide range of UNM, National Lab and local biotech programs as described here. Please consider joining the CNTC as a graduate student, a postdoctoral fellow or as a mentor.

CNTC Fellowships Available

Applications for CNTC graduate and postdoctoral fellowships are due April 01 for June 01 activation and June 30 for activation on the first day of the Fall semester. Graduate stipends are either equal to or slightly above the NIH pay scale, depending on policies of the home department or program. Postdoctoral fellowships are matching awards (50% grant support matched with 50% support from other sources) using the NIH pay scale ( Fellows receive additional benefits including tuition, health insurance and access to travel funds. The benefits and responsibilities of becoming a CNTC pre- and post-doctoral fellow and/or mentor can be found on the How To Apply page.

Reminder to all CNTC Trainees and Mentors

Please acknowledge support from the New Mexico Cancer Nanotechnology Training Center, grant R25CA153825 on your publications and posters.