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From the Director

Dr. Sherry FlemingDear Friends,

I am honored to be the new director of the Johnson Cancer Research Center (JCRC). A professor in the Division of Biology, I came to K-State in 2004 to continue studying the immune response to surgery, heart disease and cancer. I’m amazed by the generous support of everyone involved with the center.

This support includes the time and effort of others in this transition period, especially Dr. S. Keith Chapes and Dr. Mark Weiss. Rather than being simple placeholders as interim director and associate director, they continued to expand the center. The JCRC staff has been amazing, patiently explaining and educating me on the intricacies of the center. I also greatly appreciate the center’s advisory council and research members, who have taken time to answer questions and offer advice. 

In a first step towards growing the JCRC, we have a new associate director, Dr. Annelise Nguyen, associate professor in the Department of Diagnostic Medicine/Pathobiology. Scientifically, Annelise brings expertise in breast cancer drug design and toxicology, and a valuable connection to clinical samples from the National Cancer Institute. She also has experience working with National Institutes of Health training grants. Annelise’s MBA degree provides experience in business, marketing and coordinating events. Together, we look forward to accelerating the growth of the JCRC. 

The center is excited to continue hosting and coordinating many events in the upcoming year. Here are a couple of upcoming events and deadlines. The deadline for most spring awards is March 1, 2020. These awards are the Innovative Research Awards, including a special award focused on Rhabdomyosarcoma, graduate student stipends and core facility equipment awards. In April, the Cancer Research Awards Banquet will have a few changes including a Showcase of Student Research. We look forward to seeing what they have accomplished. Finally, Planning Grants for the Clusters of Excellence will be due May 15, 2020. 

We are grateful to all who support the center, in any and every form. I hope to visit with many of our friends in the coming months, but if you are in the area, please stop by and introduce yourself. We would like to get to know you and hear your ideas and stories as we continue to fight for a cure.


Sherry D. Fleming, PhD
Director, Johnson Cancer Research Center
Professor, Division of Biology
Kansas State University