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Johnson Cancer Research Center


Faculty and student researchers in more than 80 laboratories of 20 K-State departments are demystifying cancer by conducting cutting-edge studies on things like:

  • how cancer forms and progresses.
  • what changes occur in the genetic information of cancer cells.
  • the role of viruses in cancer development.
  • anti-cancer drug discovery.
  • potential methods of diagnosis and treatment.

Learn more about K-State cancer research from our annual Conquest magazine, which spotlights K-State's cancer research projects in everyday language.

More detailed information about K-State's cancer research programs is on our Faculty Scientists page, which lists our faculty members with summaries of their cancer research and links to more information about them.

We support K-State cancer research faculty with these competitive award programs:

Innovative Research Awards

This program provides “seed money” for faculty who have very promising research projects and intend to apply for future national grants. More information and the application are available on our Award Programs page.

Innovative Research Awards for Embryonal Rhabdomyosarcoma Studies

This program provides “seed money” for faculty whose research is focused on rhabdomyosarcoma, a cancer of the skeletal muscle cells. More information and the application are available on our Award Programs page. (This award is funded by donor Sarah Young, whose son Alex Tung died of rhabdomyosarcoma when he was 31 years old. read more)

Equipment Awards

These awards help K-State remain at the cutting edge of research by helping purchase laboratory equipment and supplies. More information and the application are available on our Award Programs page.

Travel Fellowships

This program supports travel of cancer research faculty and their post-docs, to visit other institutions to learn new scientific techniques. This helps K-State keep up with the latest technologies. More information and the application are available on our Award Programs page.

Cancer Research Collaborations of Excellence

The CRCE program supports multidisciplinary teams fighting cancer synergistically in a focused area of cancer research. The JCRC provides funds to support integrated, multi-project research programs that have a central, well-defined cancer research focus. CRCEs consist of interrelated cancer research projects, each capable of standing on its own scientific merit but complementing the other projects in the CRCE.

Pancreatic Cancer Research Collaboration of Excellence—launched Nov. 2018

Tumor Microenvironment CRCE—launched May 2021

We've also supported cancer research via:

Testimony to the State Legislature

Testimony has been provided by center staff about research and training needs at K-State.

Fundraising efforts for improved facilities

Efforts have resulted in the construction of Chalmers Hall, the home of the center’s administrative headquarters, and of biology and biochemistry laboratories and offices. The center continues to pursue private support for state-of-the-art equipment necessary for research and training.

The Anti-Cancer Drug Development Laboratory

This was the first lab of its kind at K-State. Opened in 1980, thanks to a private fundraising campaign, this original lab is now joined by many others across campus in the quest for more knowledge about cancers.