Postdoctoral Lab-Based Fellowships

JWCI lab-based fellows are important members of JWCI’s translational research teams. These highly motivated PhDs and/or MDs are experienced oncologists, immunologists and biochemists who undertake studies on topics ranging from adaptive immunity to transcriptome profiling to signaling mechanisms of apoptosis. They come to JWCI from around the world to be a part of our translational programs in experimental therapeutics, molecular oncology, and translational and therapeutic immunology. In many cases, the research ties forged during their fellowship training at JWCI are the basis for enduring intramural, international collaborations.

Applicants interested in a postdoctoral lab-based fellowship with the John Wayne Cancer Institute are encouraged to contact the respective program director.

Surgical Oncology

Program Director: Leland J. Foshag, M.D., FACS

E-mail: FoshagL@jwci.org
John Wayne Cancer Institute
2200 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404


Molecular Oncology

Program Director: Dave Hoon, M.Sc., Ph.D.

E-mail: HoonD@jwci.org
John Wayne Cancer Institute
2200 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

The department of Molecular Oncology has trained over 70 M.D. and Ph.D fellows, and has graduated 6 Ph.D’s. The department concentrates on innovative translational approaches in molecular oncology and is well known for its pioneering translational studies on “liquid biopsies” involving circulating tumor cells (CTC), as well as cell-free nucleic acids (cfNA) assessment in multiple types of solid tumors. Current program directions consist of studying epigenetic mechanisms regulating solid tumor progression that includes primary and metastatic brain tumors, as well as pharmogenomic and immunogenomic based prediction of response to therapy. The department has strong collaborative relationships with academic institutes and pharma/biotech industries with oncology programs globally, and its past fellows have had a remarkable publication record in translational molecular oncology.

We are currently accepting applications for postdoctoral and senior postdoctoral fellowship positions. Applicants must be experienced in the field of translational molecular biology for solid tumors, particularly in functional genomics/epigenomics cancer studies. 

To Apply: Please submit a CV and cover letter summarizing your research experience and scientific interests, via email, to: javanmardin@jwci.org. The email subject should be entitled "Application for Postdoctoral/Senior Postdoctoral Fellowship Position".


Translational Immunology

Program Director: Delphine J. Lee, M.D., Ph.D., FAAD

E-mail: LeeDJ@jwci.org
John Wayne Cancer Institute
2200 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90404

The Translational Immunology department is interested in developing and studying study novel approaches in data-driven immunology and microbiology research to discover new methods for prognosis, diagnosis, theragnosis, and treatment approaches to cancer. Our research focuses on investigating physiologic antimicrobial mechanisms of innate and adaptive immunity in humans as a model to develop novel approaches against cancer. The department is divided into three main divisions: microbial, breast cancer research and melanoma research. Our research utilizes cellular immunology, microbiome/molecular biology/genomics, and systems biology methods. The mission of this department is to work together to make important advances in our understanding of effective immune responses so that we may develop therapies to encourage improved host defense against infectious diseases and cancer. 

We welcome postdoctoral fellows who have a strong interest and/or prior training in immunology or cancer biology. To apply for a postdoctoral fellowship in the laboratory, please send the following information to the attention of Dr. Delphine Lee.

  • A detailed curriculum vitae
  • Names and contact information of three references
  • A statement outlining why you are interested in the translational immunology department and your overall career goals