#BlackLeadersinCancer PhD Studentship
This programme is for students who identify as Black and are interested in cancer related fields. A total of four studentships are available starting September 2023.
Applications for the Black in Cancer Postdoc Award 2022 have now closed.
Meet previous awardees
In 2021, the Black in cancer Postdoctoral Fellowship collaboration with the Emerald Foundation was launched and three awardees named during Black in Cancer Week 2021.
Dr Jessica Queen
Jessica Queen is a physician scientist at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. She obtained her BS in Biochemistry at Simmons College, and her MD and PhD in
microbiology/immunology at Northwestern University. She completed her residency in Internal Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College and her Infectious Diseases fellowship at Johns Hopkins. As a physician-scientist, Jessica’s goal is to combine her clinical acumen and research endeavors to improve patient health, and to conduct translational research that moves discovery from the bench to the bedside. Her experience investigating pathogenic mechanisms of enteric
bacteria and their toxins at the mucosal barrier has led naturally to her interest in microbiota-immune interactions that promote tumorigenesis. Her work currently focuses on microbiota-
induced mechanisms of immunotherapy responsiveness in colon cancer.
Dr Jaye Gardiner
Dr. Jaye Gardiner is a proud first generation American and college graduate who is passionate about and involved in a variety of science communication (scicomm) efforts
to increase access, exposure, and IDEA (inclusivity, diversity equity, and accessibility) in STEM. She communicates these passions primarily through art as a self-taught
illustrator and comic artist; making comic books and trading cards about the diversity of research that exists and people who do the work. Jaye received her Ph.D. in Cancer Biology from the University of Wisconsin - Madison, where she studied how HIV efficiently spreads between cells and how that infection changes cellular behavior. Now, she researches pancreatic cancer's tumor microenvironment, specifically focusing on
how the non-tumor cells communicate to support the tumor as a postdoc at the Fox Chase Cancer Center. You could say that in lab and out, Jaye is all about communication. When not chasing her dreams, you can find Jaye chasing her two pet
bunnies, working out, reading, or playing video games.
Dr Uriah Israel
I am a postdoctoral researcher at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), working with David Van Valen and Yisong Yue. I am focused on applying and developing machine learning methods to analyze single-cell biology data. The goal is to create new tools to help characterize, diagnose, and treat cancer.
Before coming to Caltech, I received an Applied Physics Ph.D. from the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor. During my Ph.D. I worked as a data scientist at the Center for the Study of Complex Systems (CSCS), where I used mathematical models to study social systems. I developed methods to help quantify the student experience for my thesis work. The question we set out to answer was, is there a better way to summarize a student's experience than the traditional transcript? We called this work "The Transcript of the Future." Scott E Page and Timothy McKay were my thesis advisors. I also worked closely with Rada Mihalcea and Abigail Z. Jacobs on my thesis committee.