Why Do Cancer Research?

Learn why BYU students are contributing to the search for a cure through the Simmons Center for Cancer Research’s Summer Cancer Research Fellowship program.

2016 Summer Cancer Research Fellowship Seminar Series:

As part of the Cancer Research Fellowship each Spring and Summer semester the Simmons Center for Cancer Research hosts weekly seminars presented by esteemed researches who study cancer. The 2016 seminars are held every Thursday at 1 pm in room 2006 of BYU’s Life Sciences Building. The seminars are open to the public– we invite and encourage all to attend! For more information on the speaking order of the seminars and the research foci of the speakers, please click here.



2016 Summer Cancer Research Fellows Announced

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Kiara Vaden (Molecular Biology)

Jintao Jiang (Organic Chemistry)

Deborah Johnson (MMBIO)

Mark Roth (Biochemistry)

Tsz Yin Chan (Biochemistry)

Kai Li Ong (MMBIO)

Weston Bodily (Biology)

Nicole Tensmeyer (Biochemistry)

Michelle Townsend (MMBIO)

Kelsey Phillips (PDBIO)

Jordan Finnell (Biochemistry)

Matthew Smith (Molecular Biology)

Jenny Pattison (Microbiology)

PJ Tatlow (Bioinformatics)

Ankur Jalan (Organic Chemistry)

James Lee (Bioinformatics)

Matt Schinn (Chemical Engineering)


2015 Year-Long Cancer Research Fellows Are Announced

The Simmons Center for Cancer Research has unveiled its first year-long cancer research fellowship at a faculty dinner in November. To learn about new fellowship and about the 2015 fellowship recipients, read more.

Faculty Dinner



Cancer Research Center Renamed for Distinguished Chemist and Former Director

The College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences and the College of Life Sciences recently announced the renaming of the BYU Cancer Research Center to “The Simmons Center for Cancer Research.” This name change comes as Dr. Daniel L. Simmons steps down as director of the center after seventeen years of service.

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20 Years and Running

For 20 years, the Rex Lee Run for a Cure has supported cancer research at BYU through the Simmons Center for Cancer Research.  Watch the stories of runners and who they honor through the Rex Lee Run below.