Office of Cancer Research Training & Education Coordination


The Office of Cancer Research Training & Education Coordination (CRTEC) is led by Gerard Blobe, MD, PhD. In addition to directing training and education, Dr. Blobe serves on the MSTP Steering and Admissions committees and directs the Lefkowitz Society, a Duke School of Medicine post-graduate program for physician-scientists.


Duke Cancer Institute’s Office of Cancer Research Training & Education Coordination (CRTEC) is embedded within the Duke University School of Medicine and the Duke University Health System, providing a rich, diverse academic environment committed to education, training, research, and clinical care of cancer patients. Duke University also has top-ranked graduate and residency programs and a diverse faculty providing an abundance of qualified and seasoned mentors for our trainees. Duke University, Duke Health, and the DCI are firmly committed to diversity and inclusion, with Duke University ranking third in the nation for research universities in matriculating African American students, and underrepresented minorities representing 20 percent of our medical students and 13 percent of our residents.

Duke CRTEC coordinates and develops innovative cancer-focused career enhancement activities across Duke University and Duke Health, while leveraging existing resources, to provide students, trainees, and DCI members and staff with a comprehensive range of educational, mentoring, and career development resources. The goal of these efforts is to develop a well-trained and diverse workforce equipped to handle the challenges of cancer research and clinical care.

The resources at Duke University and the Duke University Medical School that form CRTEC's foundation include:

Duke CRTEC supports cancer-oriented trainees across the training continuum, from high school students to junior faculty, by leveraging DCI-specific efforts with the broad array of educational and mentoring resources already available in this rich environment. The DCI has made substantial investments in training and education.

Duke CRTEC Steering Committee

Name CCSG Role Educational Role
Michael B. Kastan, MD, PhD Director, Duke Cancer Institute Director, Duke Cancer Institute
David Darr Associate Director of Administration  
Gerard Blobe, MD, PhD Co-Leader, Solid Tumor Therapeutics DCI Associate Director for Training and Education
Nadine Barrett, PhD  ACCES DCI Associate Director for Equity and Stakeholder Strategy, CTSI Director of the Center for Equity in Research
Sue Jinks-Robertson, PhD Co-Leader, Cancer Genetics and Genomics PI, Cellular and Molecular Biology (T32-GM007184)
Chris Counter, PhD

Co-Leader Tumor Biology

Former president, member, Cancer Biology Training Consortium (CABTRAC)

Tomi Akinyemiju, PhD, MS

Member, Cancer Control & Population Sciences Associate Director, Community Outreach, Engagement, and Equity
Katy Peters, MD Member, Neuro-Oncology Fellowship Director, Neurosurgery
Donald McDonnell, PhD

Co-Leader, Women’s Cancers

Chair, Department of Pharmacology and Cancer Biology

Gowthami Arepally, MD

Professor of Medicine,

Division of Hematology

PI, Hematology Training Program (T32 HL007057)
Cathleen Colon-Emeric, MD

Professor of Medicine,

Chief, Division of Geriatrics
Associate Dean for Faculty Mentoring
Micah Luftig, PhD

Member, Cancer Genetics and Genomics

PI, Viral Oncology (T32-CA009111)

Seth Zimmerman, PhD Post-Doctoral Fellow, Counter Lab

NCI F32 Awardee

Former Member, UNC Biochemistry and Biophysics Graduate Education Committee member
Tammara Watts, MD, PhD Member, Precision Cancer Medicine and Investigational Therapeutics

Associate Director of Equity, Diversity & Inclusion, DCI