Research Education Core

We leverage the strengths of ChicagoCHEC institutions and partners to support students, trainees, and faculty.

The academic and career trajectory to pursue a profession in health and science is often referred to as a “pipeline.” Unfortunately, many students never had the idea planted in them that they can enter a health or science related career. Through our work with individuals from all career stages, we know that even the most talented students and professionals may need training, mentoring, and other opportunities to successfully launch and advance their careers. In the Research and Education Core, we leverage the strengths of ChicagoCHEC institutions and partners to propel students, trainees, and faculty from all backgrounds toward success in health and cancer research careers.


Research Education Core Leadership

  • Francisco Iacobelli (NEIU)
  • Tracy Luedke (NEIU)
  • Alicia Matthews (UIC)
  • Jonathan Moreira (UIC)
  • Frank Penedo (NU)

Research Education Program Management

  • Billie Kersh (NEIU)
  • Melinda Monge (UIC)
  • Shaneah Taylor (NU)

Contact us to learn more or to get involved.


Related Pages


Research Incubator »

Incubator and catalyst funding for partnership building, research proposal development, pilot projects, and research projects.


Community Engagement Core »

Enhancing community engagement, cancer education, survivorship support, and community capacity building.


Planning and Evaluation Core »

We initiate new projects and continuously evaluate ChicagoCHEC’s impact and progress toward its mission to advance cancer health equity via scientific discovery, education, training, and community engagement.


Admin Core »

The Admin Core supports ChicagoCHEC’s research, education, and outreach via overall leadership, administrative management, and program coordination.


Choose to Change Research Project »

Reducing Tobacco Use Disparities Among Adults in Safety Net Community Health Centers (The Choose to Change Study)


WeCanConnect Pilot Project »

WeCanConnect: Using mHealth to Connect Physically Disabled Cancer Patients with Matched Disabled Survivors


Mi Guia (My Guide) pilot study »

An e-Health Intervention to Improve Symptom Burden and Health-Related Quality of Life among Hispanic Women Completing Active Treatment for Breast Cancer


Latino Obesity Project »

Community-engaged obesity intervention development for Puerto Rican and Mexican men


Prostate Cancer Disparity Project »

Prostate cancer disparity in Chicago-area African American men: patient-derived models and biomarkers of cancer risk


Reducing Colorectal Cancer Disparities »

Reducing colorectal cancer disparities on the South Side of Chicago through cross-Institutional collaborations


Citizen Scientists »

Despite overall declines in rates of aggressive prostate cancer (PCa) in the U.S., racial disparity persists, with African American (AA) men experiencing rates greater than 2X those for European American (EA) men. While prostate specific antigen (PSA) screening has made a major contribution to the mortality decline, new screening strategies are needed to identify potentially […]

Breast Cancer Disparities in Chicago: Biological Factors »

The goal of this research proposal is to address the biological underpinnings of breast cancer mortality disparities in Chicago. African American (AA) women in the city have a 4-5 fold greater risk of death from hormone-dependent breast cancer compared to white women, even after controlling for stage at diagnosis, treatment, and other known prognostic factors. […]