NCI-UMD Partnership for Integrative Cancer Research


Goal: Bring together the distinctive expertise of both institutions to tackle the most pressing issues in cancer research.



A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the two partners on May 19, 2010.

“I think it is very important to employ a multi-disciplinary approach to help solve complex biological questions. The partnership with UMD is a great mechanism to help NIH investi­gators attract motivated students that bring unique complemen­tary skills to the study of specific biological problems.” – Carole Parent, Ph.D., Co-Director

Since 2010, CCR investigators have been collaborating with researchers from the University of Maryland (UMD) on integrative and systems biology and biological physics research projects via a unique program formally known as the Collaborative Research and Graduate Partnership Program in Cancer Technology.

Faculty members and  graduate students from the Departments of Physics, Mathematics, and the Institute for Physical Sciences and Technology are applying cutting-edge mathematical, physical, and engineering tools—both experimental and theoretical—and contributing significantly to the understanding of biological systems in health and disease

This program allows qualified UMD graduate students to conduct research under the joint supervision of a CCR principal investigator and a university faculty member and includes a series of lectures, workshops, and meetings. Cancer researchers, physical scientists, mathematicians, and engineers on the two campuses attend seminars and lab meetings together. In addition to providing logistical support, the Partnership has also allocated competitive funding for joint projects.

For more information, visit NCI-UMD Partnership for Integrative Cancer Research


Program Co-Directors:


Carole A. Parent, Ph.D.

Deputy Chief and Senior Investigator
Laboratory of Cellular and Molecular Biology
Center for Cancer Research, NCI

Daniel R. Larson, Ph.D.

NIH Stadtman Investigator
Head, Systems Biology of Gene Expression
Laboratory of Receptor Biology and Gene Expression
Center for Cancer Research, NCI

Wolfgang Losert, Ph.D.

Professor of Physics
Associate Dean for Research, College of Computer, Mathematical, and Natural Sciences
University of Maryland, College Park