Funding Opportunities

T32 Training Grant

Bowden Fellowship

Cancer Biology T32 Training Grant

The Cancer Biology Training Grant CA009213 provides stipend support for both pre-and post-doctoral trainees. It is also the responsibility of the program to assure that the pre-and post-doctoral trainees in the program receive research training in the highest quality and most productive research laboratories.

Applications are being accepted for postdoctoral trainees on the NCI T32CA009213 Cancer Biology Training Grant. This grant has been supported by the NIH/NCI since 1978.

Cancer biology is the comparative study of normal versus cancerous cells and tissue. The discipline includes the study of normal and tumor cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry, cancer causation and biological rationale for cancer prevention and treatment. Our trainees have the opportunity to work with mentors whose research emphasizes the translation of basic science findings in cancer biology into the clinic. This translational research emphasizes cancer detection and prognosis, chemoprevention of cancer and cancer treatment. The Cancer Biology Training Grant utilizes the strengths of research faculty and mentors with backgrounds in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, pharmacology, genetics and immunology who direct their efforts toward the understanding of human cancer induction, prevention and treatment. Specific research projects focus on fundamental processes involved in the regulation of cell proliferation and differentiation, the regulation of gene expression, mechanisms of chemical and physical carcinogenesis, biological rationale for radiation, chemotherapeutic drug development, immunotherapy and gene therapy of cancer and mechanism-based discovery of chemoprevention agents.

Please contact Anne Cione, Program Coordinator, or Jesse Martinez, PhD, PI,, for information regarding faculty participating in this program. To be considered for a position on this training grant, a faculty mentor will be identified and a research plan will be developed in conjunction with the mentor. Faculty profiles can be viewed here.

Appointments to this training grant are restricted to U.S. citizens and permanent residents who have completed doctoral-level training (e.g. PhD, PharmD, MD, DrPH or equivalent). Evidence of scholarly productivity in the form of publications or planned publications is highly desirable. Financial support is mandated by the NIH and is based on years of postdoctoral experience. Health insurance and support for travel and research supplies is provided.

Bowden Fellowship

Tim and Diane Bowden have established an annual gift to support a selected Cancer Biology GIDP student.  

G. Timothy Bowden, PhD, is a professor emeritus of cellular and molecular medicine, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology and toxicology, and radiation oncology at the University of Arizona. He has been a member of the UA Cancer Center since 1978. In1988, Dr. Bowden helped to establish and then served as the Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program’s director from 1992 to 2010. Since its inception, the Cancer Biology Program has graduated 80 doctoral students, including seven MD/PhD students, who have gone on to research careers and leadership positions in academia, government and industry.

During his tenure at the Cancer Center, Dr. Bowden also served as director of education, director of basic sciences and chief scientific officer, and the Cancer Center’s deputy director. He has mentored more than 25 postdoctoralfellows; 20 PhD students, including 12 from the CBIO program; five master’s degree students and several dozen undergraduate students. He served on PhD supervisory/dissertation committees for 88 students.

Tim and Diane Bowden, natives of Cincinnati, Ohio, were junior high school sweethearts and married in 1966. They moved to Tucson in 1978 when Tim joined the faculty of the Department of Radiology, Division of Radiation Oncology at UA. Dr. Bowden received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Ohio Wesleyan University and a doctorate in experimental oncology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He held a two-year postdoctoral appointment at the German Cancer Research Institute in Heidelberg and was a staff fellow at the National Cancer Institute before being recruited to the UA.

Diane Bowden’s career spanned 22 years at Carondelet Health Network where she started as a programmer and became responsible for the health system’s financial software and medical records software systems. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati in anthropology and sociology, and the UA in management information systems.

2015-2016 Recipient: Lipsa Das

Past Recipients: Sabrina Maisel and Aaron Havas