Our mission at UTSW Simmons Cancer Center is to ease the burden of cancer in our catchment area in North Texas through exceptional patient care, transdisciplinary research, discovery, community engagement and education, partnership, and collaboration.
UT Southwestern provides over a dozen major cancer care programs that advance the treatment and prevention of cancer through innovative therapies, leading-edge clinical trials and the latest technology.
Simmons Cancer Center supports 13 multidisciplinary teams of individual clinicians and researchers woven together to bring broad expertise to bear on scientific and clinical challenges unique to different cancers. These experts facilitate access to compassionate, quality, leading-edge care including the forefront of what's available in Clinical Trials.
in order to do cancer research on a very high level these days, you have to be in a collaborative environment that brings all of those different areas of expertise together. I think what is particularly advantageous about UT Southwestern is that we can bring many different perspectives to bear in the same problem. What comes to mind when I think of symbols Cancer center is the fact that we are en Ci designated. We've grown so much in the last 10 years and we have incredible possibilities, including many critical trials here. We have so many members of the National Academy of Science, Howard Hughes Medical Institute nobel Laureates here. So postdocs have multiple opportunities in order to find an outstanding lab to do their next step of their training. I would recommend UT Southwestern and the Simmons Cancer Center to any trainee because this is a place of possibilities. I received A N. C. I. Pre doctoral two postdoctoral transition fellowship from the N. C. I. In 2016. And so that gave me the unique opportunity to bring with me my own funding to start my postdoctoral fellowship. I came to UT Southwestern primarily to work with Ralph Martinez and all of the groundbreaking work on cancer metabolism that his laboratory does still a bit of a newbie to UT Southwestern. I've loved my experience so far. My mentor is Dr Catherine O'Donnell. I chose UT Southwestern because of the core facilities, the world class researchers here and just the outstanding collaboration I've encountered. The Simmons Cancer Center has five major research programs. There is cellular networks development and cancer there is experimental therapeutics, chemistry and then population science and cancer control under these programs, these postdocs get exposed to research retreats, a little mini meetings, we have whips where postdocs can present their data on a regular basis and so it's a really enriching experience for postdocs. I'm from Italy and I spent most of my life in Rome actually, many professors who work here are the best scientists in the world for cancer research. So I thought that this could be my place. Dallas is completely different from Rome. First thing that I noticed that is huge. I love that Dallas is very green like our parks everywhere and open spaces. The weather is very good. It's always on me. There's a lot of live music. People really care about their health and there are a lot of sports people here are very welcome. I think the culture here is extremely friendly. It's very collaborative. We have a lot of international students a nice mix. So everybody is able to find their own niche to really thrive and achieve what they came here to achieve. I think Ut Southwestern is a great legacy of clinically oriented basic science research. That's the kind of basic science research that my lab strives to contribute to their basic scientists who are at the top of their fields and they're able to apply their expertise to the patient samples and the patients providers that are available at Simmons cancer center. If I had to give an advice to someone looking for a postdoc wherever they are, I would immerse myself in a community that's making discoveries and pushing the boundaries of knowledge. And this is what we are all about the same as cancer center.