RFA | Cancer Center Partnership

Request for Applications

The Partnership has funded two year 2 pilot projects for January 1, 2017-December 31, 2017. The funded projects are:

Caroline A. Thompson, PhD, MPH & James Murphy, MD et al (2016) Is it race, or place? Disentangling racial, socioeconomic and geographic disparities in the cancer burden of San Diego and Imperial counties.

The primary goal of this project is to identify (“disentangle”) the independent effects of SES and ethnicity, after controlling for other contextual features and geography via sophisticated geospatial modeling techniques, and to design an interactive tool that facilitates use of these models for researchers and policy makers.


Parag Katira, PhD, & Shyni Varghese, PhD et al (2016). Patient specific characterization of cancer cell metastatic potential using in vitro and in silico models of tumor microenvironments.

The goal of this project is to develop “on-chip” 3D platforms for the rapid characterization of TNBC tumor cell growth and metastatic potential by observing cell migration and proliferation characteristics within different microenvironments, and training computational algorithms accordingly to predict long-term cell invasion and tumor growth.