To advance knowledge of cancer, improve treatments of the disease and find cures, scientists must understand the most basic principles that govern life, including how cells normally grow and divide, how they differentiate into various types of cells, how genes switch on and off and how the body’s immune system interacts with cancer.
Over the past few decades, significant progress has been made toward these goals, and cancer-related investigations at the university have grown to span a range of disciplines including cell and developmental biology, immunology, medical genetics, virology, dermatology, chemistry, structural biology, bioinformatics, genomics, proteomics and the neurosciences. The approximately 30 laboratories in which cancer-related investigations are under way constitute fertile ground for the kinds of collaborations and cross-disciplinary approaches most likely to produce breakthroughs.
The Anderson Center for Cancer Research was established to encourage and support such collaborations and approaches. In addition to providing funding and infrastructure for promising cancer-related research — especially new interdisciplinary approaches — the center offers graduate and postdoctoral fellowships for individuals working at the leading edge of cancer research. The center also seeks to intensify intellectual synergy among cancer investigators on campus and beyond Rockefeller’s gates.