Research & Education Core

The Research and Education Core builds on the strong foundation of the research educational and training programs, infrastructure, resources and expertise at University of Florida, Florida A&M University and University of Southern California to offer “hands-on” summer research internships, exposure to state-of-the- art research technology and academic and career mentorship. The overarching goal of the REC within the CaRE2 Health Equity Center is to increase the number of URM individuals, specifically Black and Latino undergraduates, post-baccalaureate students, graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and early-stage investigators (ESIs) who are poised for successful careers as academic scientists focused on reducing cancer health disparities.

Education Is Crucial

Pictured with Dr. Hassan Aziz, Ms. Chante’ Butler, a CaRE2 Post-bac Trainee, attending a live donor liver transplant. Chante’ is the one holding the liver piece. Shadowing in the OR is one of the many motivational experiences that Chante’ has had working in the lab of liver surgeon Dr. Juliet Emamaullee, a CaRE2 ESI.

Become a Care2 Trainee

Summer CaRE2

This is a 12 week summer training program at FAMU for undergraduate students. Trainees can expect focused exposure to career opportunities in cancer disparities research through enrichment activities in biomedical, behavioral, translational and population cancer studies. The onsite program consists of a summer immersion (tailored individually for 10-12 weeks) with close mentorship through the medical and/or graduate school application process.


This is a year-long program for candidates with a bachelor’s degree have not yet been admitted to a PhD graduate program or medical school an opportunity to strengthen their applications through cancer health disparities research and academic/career opportunities. Mentorship for professional and graduate school application and GRE/MCAT preparation is provided.

Grad+ CaRE2

This program provides academic career development, mentorship, and tailored cancer disparities research education opportunities that will increase the competitive research capacity of URM graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and ESIs across STEM-related disciplines at FAMU, UF and USC for focused training in cancer health disparities to augment their existing training (pre- and post-doctoral) training.

What our Students Say

"During the summer of 2019 I was able to be apart of CaRE2 and engage in my very first research experience. I was given the opportunity to step outside of my comfort zone and dive into something different than my nursing background. I now have a great interest in conducting cancer research."
Tiara King
“As a native from the island of Jamaica, I have witnessed the significant importance of proper healthcare and how a lack of it can lead to poor health outcomes. This has impacted me personally because my relatives who are affected by prostate cancer. My research experience has also enabled me to recognize the correlation in the African-American community."
Kayanna Jacobs

Want to Join Us?

If you share our interest in reducing cancer health disparities, please consider becoming a member of the CaRE² center. Investigators, trainees, community leaders, and advocates are welcome.

Meet the Research and Education Team

Bereket Mochon PhD


Ken Redda ​PhD



John Allen, PharmD


Ite Offringa PhD