OHSU Knight Cancer Institute

Education and Training for Students and Professionals

The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute is dedicated to providing learning, mentoring, and training opportunities to this, and the next, generation of scientists and health-care professionals. We aim to provide education to all of those committed to ending cancer as we know it. 

Ted R. Lilley CURE Program
Knight Scholars Program
Fluorescence Molecular Imaging Internship Program
Saturday Academy
Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)

Knight Cancer Institute members offer mentorship in numerous research opportunities for high school students across OHSU. Our Ted R. Lilley Continuing Umbrella of Research Education (CURE) Program is a research internship program that offers hands-on research experiences to Portland-area high school students who excel academically and come from socially or economically disadvantaged backgrounds. 

Knight Scholars is a new program designed to provide ninth and tenth graders with up to a three-year introduction to careers in cancer. The program encourages youth whose communities are underrepresented in cancer research, healthcare and public health – including those of diverse races and ethnicities and those from rural areas – to consider making a career out of the fields of cancer research, treatment and prevention.  

CDCB Summer Internship
Equity Research Program
Fluorescence Molecular Imaging Internship Program
Murdock Collaborative Research Program
Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences Summer Internships
Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)
Summer Administrative Internship Program

Opportunities for undergraduate students to work alongside Knight Members are spread across the different labs of the Institute and departments of OHSU. The Knight offers a Lunch-and-Learn series to all trainees that participate in a program along with seminars and workshops. 

Cancer Biology Graduate Program
Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
Bioinformatics and Computational Biomedicine Major
Biomedical Engineering Ph.D. program
M.D./Ph.D. Training Program

Oregon Health & Science University has many opportunities to pursue an advanced degree, including PhD and MD/PhD programs.  Trainees work with Knight member labs through the combined graduate programs in the Graduate Program of Biomedical Sciences.

The Cancer Biology Program constitutes the foundation of basic science research of the OHSU Knight Cancer Institute. It is designed to train students for a career in basic and applied cancer research. Modern cancer research is based on a broad range of technical skills including: Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics, which the students will learn through course work and extensive laboratory training.

Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program
Radiation Oncology Residency Program
Surgical Oncology Training Program
Pediatric Hematology and Oncology Fellowship

The Hematology and Medical Oncology Fellowship Program at OHSU is one of clinical program in Oregon training our next generation of physician-scientists. The program provides a mix of clinical, didactic, and research experience. First-year fellows focus on common core rotations at OHSU and the VA including inpatient oncology consults and chemotherapy, general and malignant hematology, bone marrow transplant, and palliative care.

Office of Postdoctoral Affairs
Pancreatic Disease Research Training Fellowship
Work-in-Progress Seminar Series
Postdoctoral Opportunities in Tumor Microenvironment/Immunology

Postdoctoral training is available throughout the labs of individual Knight mentors. Postdocs are encouraged to seek out mentorship and utilize their resources in advancement of their research, including applying for awards and attending cross-institution seminars.  

The Pancreatic Disease Training Fellowship is offered by the Brenden-Colson Center for Pancreatic Care (BCCPC) at OHSU. The purpose of this fellowship is to train two early stage investigators for a career in research related to the biology, diagnosis, or therapy of hereditary, inflammatory or malignant pancreatic disease.

Educators' Collaborative
Junior Faculty Advancement Program (OHSU ID Required)
OCTRI Design Studio
OCTRI KL2 Program
Human Investigations Program
Professional Development Series (OHSU ID Required)

The Knight continues to make significant strides in recruiting and fostering junior faculty to advance the mission of ending cancer as we know it. Recruitments are made in partnership with individual OHSU departments, and junior faculty have a number of campus-wide resources available to them, many supported by the Oregon Clinical & Translational Research Institute. 

Career and Workplace Enhancement Center
LinkedIn Learning (formerly Lynda.com) (OHSU ID Required)
Professional Development Reimbursement Program (OHSU ID Required)
School of Nursing

Our staff provide necessary support to advance the goals and mission of OHSU and the Knight. We offer a number of educational and training opportunities for non-medical professionals, including free courses on campus and reimbursement programs for those that are furthering their education off campus. Our School of Nursing offers three degree programs along with a certificate program.

Women in Academic Health and Medicine
Ted R. Lilley CURE Program
Knight Scholars Program
Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP)
Center for Diversity and Inclusion
The recruitment of underrepresented minorities to the medical, graduate, and postdoctoral programs remains a constant focus at OHSU and Knight Cancer Institute because when we draw from a limited net, we have limited talent. Along with OHSU, the Knight holds fast in its resolve to help break barriers for underrepresented minorities with an interest in cancer research by offering education and training in programs across the Institution and trainee levels.  We do not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, religion, sex, or gender identity.