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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.

More detailed information about K-State's cancer research programs is on our Faculty Researchers page, which lists our faculty members with summaries of their cancer research.

Read brief stories about K-State cancer research in Conquest magazine.

Faculty Award Programs
Innovative Research Awards

This program provides “seed money” for faculty who have promising research projects and intend to apply for future national grants. Information and 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. Information and application are available on our Award Programs page. (Funded by Sarah Young, whose son Alex Tung died of rhabdomyosarcoma when he was 31 years old. read more)

Equipment Awards

These awards help K-State get the most advanced laboratory equipment and supplies. Information and application on our Award Programs page.

Travel Fellowships

This program supports travel of cancer research faculty and post-docs to learn new scientific techniques, in order to keep K-State on the cutting eduge. Information and application are 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

Other ways we've supported cancer research
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.