Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center is committed to provide cancer research programs and opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral associates and many hold appointments as graduate faculty in UH Departments. UH Cancer Center faculty offer the opportunity of hands-on research experience in cancer biology and population sciences to graduate students and postdoctoral associates. This is accompanied by focused journal clubs, seminars, symposia, and data clubs to enhance their career training and create a community of young scientists in which ideas can be readily shared.

Graduate and Postdoctoral Fellows

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center is committed to provide cancer research programs and opportunities for graduate students and postdoctoral associates and many hold appointments as graduate faculty in UH Departments. UH Cancer Center faculty offer the opportunity of hands-on research experience in cancer biology and population sciences to graduate students and postdoctoral associates. This is accompanied by focused journal clubs, seminars, symposia, and data clubs to enhance their career training and create a community of young scientists in which ideas can be readily shared.

Journal Clubs


Cancer Center Trainee Forum Events

(Monthly)
Meeting of interested trainees at the graduate and postdoctoral level with the goal to provide career development sessions and workshops and an opportunity to build a sense of community among trainees.

Contact:  Kathleen Plaza at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (808) 564-5908

Cancer Biology Journal Club

(Semester)
The Molecular and Cellular Biology of Cancer group discusses the latest research papers and is available as a 1 credit graduate level course.

Contact (Spring): Dr. Michelle Matter at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (808) 440-3486

Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention in the Pacific

(Second Tuesday of each month)
Topics include cancer etiology, epidemiology, nutrition, and prevention.

Contact: Dr. Herbert Yu at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. | (808) 564-5910

The UH Cancer Center Travel Award

Important Notice

UH Cancer Center cannot fund any travel award applications inconsistent with university or state travel restrictions. We will consider funding to cover registration fees for virtual conferences or other professional development opportunities.

What is the Travel Award?

The UH Cancer Center Travel Award will provide funding for trainees to present their cancer-related research at a peer-reviewed conference. The award may also cover the cost of trainee participation in virtual or online conferences.

Learn more about the UH Cancer Center Travel Award:

  • Who is eligible?
  • How much will be awarded?
  • What are my obligations?
  • How do I apply?
  • Who should I contact?

Our Researchers participate in the following graduate programs

Cell and Molecular Biology, John A. Burns School of Medicine, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Molecular Biosciences and Bioengineering, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Office of Public Health Studies, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Human Nutrition, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Department of Chemistry, University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa

Pharmacology , University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo

Postdoctoral Fellowships

This joint T32 postdoctoral training program at the University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center (UHCC) and the University of Southern California (USC) Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center (NCCC) addresses cancer health disparities utilizing a unique resource, the Multiethnic Cohort (MEC) Study.

Trainees will experience the interdisciplinary nature of behavioral, environmental, genetic and epigenetics causes of cancer disparities through individually tailored educational and research experiences. Given that this postdoctoral fellowship is a bi-institutional training program (UHCC: lifestyle, diet/nutrition and biomarkers; USC: genetics/molecular epidemiology, biostatistics/bioinformatics), all postdoctoral fellows will be exposed to a wide range of innovative molecular and traditional epidemiological approaches.

Graduate Research Fellowship

Pacific Island Partnership for Cancer Health Equity Graduate Research Fellowship in Cancer Disparities
Fall 2022 (Deadline:  June 15, 2022)

The University of Hawaiʻi Cancer Center announces the availability of graduate research fellowships in cancer disparities research. Current master’s and doctoral students at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa are invited to apply for a graduate assistantship made available by the Pacific Island Partnership for Cancer Health Equity (PIPCHE). This is a cancer research, training and outreach program in partnership with the University of Guam, funded by the National Cancer Institute’s Center to Reduce Cancer Health Disparities. Previously awarded fellows will be considered pending the availability of funds. Initial appointment is for one semester but extensions are possible with satisfactory performance.