The UMass Boston - Dana-Farber/Harvard Cancer Center


About Us

The UMass Boston DF/HCC Partnership began in 2002 when Dr. Paul Fonteyn, former Provost of UMass Boston started a dialogue with DF/HCC senior leaders Dr. Karen M. Emmons and Ms. Karen Burns White. Prior to this time, no relationship of any kind existed between the two institutions. Upon exploration, the potential UMass Boston DF/HCC partnership seemed as though it would create a “perfect storm” of sorts.

In 2005, the UMass Boston DF/HCC $4.2M U56 grant was funded by the National Institute of Health (NIH). Under the leadership of Dr. Karen Emmons and Dr. Adan Colon Carmona (UMass Boston), the U56 Mechanism produced great results and funded many collaborative research projects.

The early years of the Partnership during the U54 funding period (2005-2010) established the foundational support and scientific leadership needed to build a promising joint research collaboration, and in 2010, the UMass Boston-DF/HCC Partnership received the NCI U54 grant totaling $13.7M. The U54 grant is led by PIs Drs. Adan Colon-Carmona (UMass Boston) and K. "Vish" Viswanath (DF/HCC) who are closely supported by the CPCT Director and Alton J. Brann Endowed Chair, Dr. Jill A. Macoska (UMass Boston). The U54 mechanism has significantly advanced research capacity, education, and outreach at UMass Boson and DF/HCC. For more information on U54-funded projects, please see the U54 Projects Page.