Fern Tsien, PhD

Arnold Zea, PhD


Clement Gwede, PhD

Gwen Quinn, PhD, Project Coordinator


The Cancer Research Education Program seeks to increase diversity in cancer research by training minority undergraduate and medical school students in the following areas:  biobanking, precision medicine and cancer health disparities. The CREP is a joint, collaborative, innovative program that operates under three aims:


1) Research Experiences: During the summer, over the course of 8-weeks, students at Moffitt and LSUHSC will be involved in hands-on summer research experiences including an in-depth tour of the biobank and proteomi where students have the opportunity to observe and assist in the biospecimen collection process from start to finish.

2) Curriculum Development: Students will matriculate through a joint didactic curriculum focusing on biobanking, precision medicine and cancer health disparities. The curriculum includes a series of web based modules, immersion in wet and dry labs, journal clubs and teletalks.

3) Outreach: Through community outreach students will have the opportunity to expand upon existing community-based participatory research and participate in activities to educate minority communities on biobanking, precision medicine.

Each student will be assigned a mentor with expertise that matches the students’ interests.