Training & Education

Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination (CRTEC)

The University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center supports multidisciplinary education and training in the context of CU Cancer Center’s research and clinical mission through the development of novel programs, active participation in the training of mentees across a broad spectrum of educational stages including middle and high school students, undergraduates, post-baccalaureates, graduate students, medical students, residents, and fellows. We also provide career development activities for junior faculty (referred to as mentored members) and cancer-focused educational and training activities for cancer center members. 

We place a major emphasis on the integration of training and education activities with cutting-edge basic, population, and clinical cancer research undertakings. Furthermore, in close collaboration with the CU Cancer Center Community Engagement and Outreach Office, we put a unique focus on including and recruiting underrepresented populations to participate in education and training activities.

Mission, Vision, & Goals


Serve and improve the care of cancer patients by fostering the careers of cancer care providers, new investigators, and aspiring young scientists in cancer research, population science, and clinical care.


Educating and training the next generation of innovative leaders in translational, basic, clinical, and population science-related cancer research will conquer cancer.

Our Goals

Training & Education Opportunities

CRTEC is dedicated to training the next generation of scientists. Click below to find out more about our K-12 programming that provides exposure and real-world experiences for young students in the cancer biology field.

Training & Education Latest News


R25 PREP to Support Underrepresented Postbaccalaureate Research Awarded

Eight PIKE-PREP (Preparation in Interdisciplinary Knowledge to Excel) participants have joined our school community this summer where they will conduct mentored research to support and strengthen their research and technical skills and participate in professional and career development activities that are individually tailored to complement their specific needs and goals and support them in being accepted into top-tier graduate programs. 

Pictured are the 7 of the 8 scholars along with the PREP Ambassadors.


Cancer Center Research Rangers

The C2R2 Cancer Center Research Rangers program is an exploratory program for local middle school students to come to the CU Anschutz Campus to learn more about cancer research and the biomedical sciences through interactive programming and laboratory investigations. In addition, our programming includes important education related to cancer prevention and screening and the harmful effects of tobacco use.

Learn About Cancer Day

Learn About Cancer Day Returns to CU Cancer Center

On April 22, more than 50 biomedical science students from Denver-area high schools came to the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus to tour the cancer research laboratories, learn about cancer from our world renowned cancer scientists, and explore the paths they can take towards a career in the biomedical sciences.

Amanda Winters, MD, PhD

American Cancer Society Clinician Scientist Development Grant Awarded to Amanda Winters, MD, PhD

Dr. Amanda Winters, Assistant Professor for Pediatric Hematology/Oncology/BMT with the Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s Hospital Colorado, was awarded the ACS Clinician Scientist Development Grant, a 3-year career development award, for her project titled: "Preclinical Validation of Personalized Molecular Assays for Measurable Residual Disease Monitoring in Pediatric AML."

Eman Elsabbagh

Competitive Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research Grant Awarded to Eman Elsabbagh

Eman Elsabbagh, MD, MSc, is a Pediatric Hem/Onc Fellow, Center of Cancer and Blood Disorders, Children’s Hospital Colorado, on the AMC. She was recently awarded a highly competitive grant from the Rally Foundation for Childhood Cancer Research to develop a “Universal T-Cell Receptor (TCR) Targeting Pediatric Acute Myeloid Leukemia”.  She will be working in the lab of Eduardo Davila.

CU Science Discovery

CU Science Discovery Summer Research and Summer Camps Come to Anschutz Medical Campus

This summer, high school students in grades 10-12 can partner with CU Anschutz faculty and graduate students to gain real-world laboratory experience through the CU Science Discovery Research Program while students in grades 7-9 can spend two weeks participating in a variety of hand-on STEM experiences as part of the CU Science Discovery Summer Camp.  Registration is limited, sign up soon.

CRTEC Leadership

Eduardo Davila, PhD, (PREP Co-Director)

Eduardo Davila, PhD

Program Co-Director

Adela Cota-Gomez, PhD

Adela Cota-Gomez, PhD

Assistant Director for Education Administration