Cancer Center News

Are you an undergraduate that cares about cancer?

The Johnson Cancer Research Center looks to hire undergraduate(s) to assist with web management, social media marketing, administrative assistance and/or communications. If you are interested in cancer and have great computer experience with Canva, Publisher, Power point and Excel, please consider applying!

The job requires:

  • Good communication skills with staff and the general public
  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work 10-15 hrs/week during the 8-5 business hours.
  • Pay: $10-15/hr depending on experience, work study eligibility preferred.

Please send email a resume and cover letter explaining your interest and qualifications to Johnson Cancer Research Center at

Questions, please contact the center at 785-532-6705.

Karin Goldberg recognized as Professor of the Week


Congrats to Dr. Karin Goldberg, dept. of Geology and Johnson Cancer Research Center member, who was recognized as Professor of the Week at the Nov. 10 men's home basketball game. For the complete story, please see the following :

K-State researcher receives $1M+ for cancer research

Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2023 asano

MANHATTAN — A Kansas State University researcher has been awarded a grant from the National Institutes of Health to explore how healthy cells transform into cancer cells.

Katsura Asano, professor in the Division of Biology, leads a team of researchers studying how cells determine which proteins to make. They recently discovered that cells can produce many more versions of the same protein than previously thought, and some versions of these proteins can make a normal cell shift into a cancer cell.

The National Institutes of Health have awarded Asano and his team a four-year, nearly $1.2 million Research Project Grant to understand this shift.

Asano found that the transformation begins when there is too much of the protein known as 5MP1.

"We knew for some time that 5MP1 was more abundant in cancer cells, but nobody knew if it made cancer worse," Asano said. "The breakthrough came when we found that too much 5MP1 caused cells to start making a cancer-promoting version of a gene called MYC, and it resulted in more advanced colorectal cancers. With the funding from the National Institutes of Health, we will be able to understand if 5MP1 promotes other cancers and if blocking 5MP1 could help treat cancer."

Asano is a member of the Johnson Cancer Research Center at K-State, a center of excellence in the College of Arts and Sciences that supports and advances cancer research and education with competitive award programs.

"For years, I worked with multiple K-State undergraduate students to make the findings that allowed us to get this grant," Asano said. "Without the help from those students, our discoveries would not have been possible. I am thankful for the scholarships from the Johnson Cancer Research Center that provided students the financial freedom to perform research rather than work other jobs to make ends meet."


"The Cure Starts with Us” Power Luncheon

K-State Johnson Cancer Research Center hosting “The Cure Starts with US” Power Luncheon, November 15th, 2023, from 11:30 A.M.-1:00 P.M., at the Holiday Inn Manhattan At Campus

Check out the webpage for more information!

Upcoming Award applications Due Oct. 1

The Johnson Cancer Research Center is advancing cancer research at K-State and helping train the next generation of researchers. The center supports faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and postdoctoral fellows through competitive award programs. See more information for student awards here and faculty interdisplinary awards at this link and individual awards at this link.

If you have questions or problems with applications, contact us at or 785-532-6705.

Award Deadlines:

Undergrad CRA award applications are DUE Oct 1st.

Other applications also DUE Oct 1st include

Innovative Research

Rhabdomyosarcoma Research

Core Equipment

Faculty Travel

Student and Postdoc Travel


New Johnson Cancer Research Center T-Shirts are here


Picture of new JCRC T-Shirts

The new 2023 Johnson Cancer Research Center T-shirts are now available in lavender and gray. The center's new slogan is "The Cure Starts with Us — scientists, students and supporters."

See more about the t-shirts here.


Kaw Valley Rodeo supported Johnson Cancer Research Center


Thanks to Kaw Valley Rodeo for supporting K-State Cancer Research!

The Kaw Valley Rodeo supported the Johnson Cancer Research Center with "pink" items at the Steak Fry and "Passing the Boot" each night at the rodeo.

See more about the Rodeo.