Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research
The Terry C. Johnson Center for Basic Cancer Research at Kansas State University is a non-profit center devoted to basic cancer research and education. It was founded in 1980 by Terry C. Johnson, university distinguished professor of biology, who directed it until his death from cancer in 2002.
Through the center, a multidisciplinary ensemble of more than 200 scientists, technicians, graduate and undergraduate students in approximately 60 research laboratories across campus work to unravel the mysteries and complexities of cancer.
Basic research efforts are aimed at discovering how cancers arise in the body and what elements enhance or discourage cancer cell growth. Affiliated faculty researchers are identifying substances that interfere with cancer cell growth and could contribute to drug development, examining changes in the genetic information of cancer cells, investigating the role of viruses in cancer development and contributing to the fight against cancers in many other ways.
The cancer center's support programs, made possible by its donors, aid scientists, advance laboratories and enhance the student experience at K-State. Outreach activities are also conducted to educate the public about cancers and K-State cancer research.
Updated summer 2010