Cancer and Inflammation Program
"I am amazed by the amount of things that I’ve learned here. It's been like an explosion in terms of the number of things I could do in a very short time and the different techniques and very high-level technology that I never had the opportunity to work with before. Everything is here and it’s not hard to learn, it’s just there and you have to be willing. I was always limited in what I wanted to do because I didn’t have everything I need. But here, I just create. "
Rodrigo Xavier Das Neves
"At CCR/NCI, we can combine diverse expertise and collaborate with the best PI's in the field. It's easier to accomplish your research goals because we have a lot of support and many great facilities. You can make your dreams possible here."
Mohammad Arif Rahman
"There are only a few places in the world where I can do this type of work…to do research to control and eradicate HIV. I'm developing myself a lot and collaborating continuously with the heads and very famous scientists. I’m lucky to be here."
Defne Bayik Watson
"This is the place where the research makes the most difference in people’s lives. It was important for me to come to NCI because I felt like I could do something meaningful. Here, we can do high-risk projects that you cannot do in academia. And high-risk projects are always the high-rewarding ones as well. The high-risk, high-rewarding projects – that’s something you can only do at NCI."
"Here at CCR, we have access to a number of key facilities such as microscopy and sequencing cores. This has provided me the freedom to perform experiments and answer scientific questions that might have been restricted elsewhere due to lack of funds or access to equipment and facilities. Having these facilities here on site has allowed me to take my research to the next level."
Laboratory of Metabolism
"At CCR/NCI, we can access and use many great core facilities and have many training courses. We can easily gain knowledge and learn new techniques from experts which has been amazing for my research."
Radiation Oncology Branch
"CCR covers basic, translational and clinical research. Having access to, not only the vast human expertise, but also, the world class facilities in CCR and the rest of the NIH makes this a unique research environment unlike any other. "
"If I ever need help, I collaborate with the people around me. The people in my branch and the Center for Cancer Research are always very willing to work together as we all have the same goal: saving patient lives. There is no other research hospital of this magnitude in the world that can offer me such an opportunity to work with so many brilliant minds dedicated to fighting cancer."
"I've come to deeply appreciate the intramural research program. You don't have to worry about getting grants, there are fantastic talks throughout the year, plenty of workshops, and incredible and talented people to collaborate with. You can be fully dedicated to your work without any distractions. It is a great place to do a postdoc and become a better scientist. "
"I came to the Center for Cancer Research because I am a pathologist and am training in breast cancer. I want to learn a lot about translational medicine. This field isn’t very popular in my country."
"I came here because I wanted to work on breast cancer metastasis. I like the projects, and I like the lab. The opportunities for research here are better than in India. The Center for Cancer Research is fully equipped, and it’s easy to collaborate and get things done."
"I chose to join the Laboratory of Human Carcinogenesis in CCR because of its translational approach to studying cancer. Here I am learning new skills in molecular epidemiology and using patient samples from case-control studies to complement lab-based mechanistic studies."
David Sanchez Martin
"The NIH intramural program is nothing like that anywhere else. There’s many opportunities for fellows to get experiences, guidance and opportunities to explore. My background is in life sciences, and they organize a series of talks with other life science people to discuss avenues to follow for future careers."
Heba Al Khamici
Iraq and Australia
Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics
"There’s a huge gap in the research of cancer, so I want to contribute to research to cure or prevent cancer. It’s a big problem in the world right now. The CCR has many resources, funding and expertise to help improve training and contribute to cancer research and gather knowledge to stop the progression of cancer."
"CCR is one of the leading institutes for cancer research. For me, it is an honor to be here. I came to NIH 2 years ago to attend the NCI Cancer Prevention course when the Moonshot initiatives were just getting started, and I knew I wanted to be here. I chose CCR because of the incredible combination of clinical research with basic science research. Being able to meet and talk to patients only adds to the basic science research; it’s a unique setting you aren’t able to find anywhere else."
"Around 2013 when I was completing my Ph.D. in immunology, immunotherapy was up and coming. When I started searching for my post-doc position, I found CCR, the home of immunotherapy. I thought that this would be the perfect place to conduct my research. There are many pioneers of immunotherapy here at CCR and the facilities for conducting research are unparalleled. "
Laboratory of Cell Biology
"My boss, Sriram Subramaniam, is one of the best in the world in electron microscopy. It’s the best opportunity to learn. CCR gives us lots of resources that help us accelerate our research."
"CCR is great place for postdoc fellows. The conditions here allow us to be fully engaged in research. The excellent facilities and wonderful people here provide the ideal scientific and social environment and a great opportunity to develop and grow as a researcher. "
"CCR is the best place for anyone to conduct their research. Funds are available, and we don’t have to worry about grants. We have new cutting-edge techniques that aren’t available anywhere else and we’re learning from experts. Based on my interests, I thought it would be best for me to come to CCR to answer my research questions."
"NIH is a very diverse campus. Not only do you meet people from around the world, but the expertise is very diverse. CCR is home to so many experts in immunology, cancer, and cell biology, so you are able to learn a lot here. There is so much diversity in the science itself and in the resources that are available."
"I chose CCR/NCI as a whole because they are world leading research institutes, and they are cutting edge in their field for research. I have learned that in CCR/NCI/NIH, there are many collaborations, and people are very willing to help each other out, which assists me in furthering my cancer research knowledge."