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Johnson Cancer Research Center


From nanoparticles and stem cells to antioxidants and drug development, researchers in 100 laboratories in 20 K-State departments are demystifying cancer, conducting cutting-edge studies on such things as:

  • how cancer initiates 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 in our annual layperson-friendly Conquest magazines.

More detailed information about K-State's cancer research programs is on our Faculty Scientists page, which lists all cancer research faculty along 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.

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.

Centers of Excellence

In November, 2018, we launched the Center of Excellence for Pancreatic Cancer Research, led by Dr. Stefan Bossmann, chemistry. We continue to work to establish another center of excellence in cancer research at Kansas State University.

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.