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Revealing deep insights into the fundamental organization and processes of biological systems.

The Backman Lab focuses on elucidating the function of the human genome and its dysregulation in disease, enabled by the development of new nanoscale imaging, predictive computational genomics, and computational electrodynamics technologies that lead to new methods for regulation of global patterns of gene expression and their clinical translation for disease diagnostics and therapeutics.

Vadim Backman Named Associate Director for Research Technology and Infrastructure at Lurie Cancer Center

Vadim Backman, PhD, has been named Associate Director for Research Technology and Infrastructure at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University, effective October 1.

In addition to this new role, Backman, the Walter Dill Scott Professor of Biomedical Engineering at the McCormick School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will continue to serve as Leader of the Cancer and Physical Sciences (CAPS) Program at the Lurie Cancer Center.

As Associate Director, Backman will oversee Lurie Cancer Center’s infrastructure for interdisciplinary programs and initiatives, which include the center’s 15 Shared Resources that foster basic, clinical and translational research. He will also lead the development of innovative tools, technologies and services to support emerging disciplines across the cancer center. Read More…

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Vadim Backman

About the Backman Lab

The Backman Laboratory is focused on elucidating the function of the human genome and its dysregulation in disease, enabled by the development of new nanoscale imaging, predictive computational genomics, and computational electrodynamics technologies that lead to new methods for regulation of global patterns of gene expression and their clinical translation for disease diagnostics and therapeutics.

Learn more about our research.

Job Opportunities

The following Postdoctoral Fellow Positions are available:
  • Postdoctoral fellow/Group Leader in Cancer Biology. Read more…
  • Postdoctoral fellow in Optics with a focus on super-resolution microscopy and single molecule localization techniques. Read more…
  • Postdoctoral fellow in Optics with a focus on developing endoscopic optical coherence tomography (OCT) technologies. Read more…

Postdoctoral candidates may e-mail a cover letter and CV to Benjamin Keane at b-keane@northwestern.edu

Graduate Student Positions:

Please contact Prof. Backman to discuss potential projects.

News

New Backman Lab Paper in Science Advances Demonstrates Relationship Between Disordered Chromatin Packing and Cancer Patient Survival

An inverse relationship between patient survival and phenotypic plasticity of tumor cells has been identified. More here

New Members Joining the Team

The Backman Lab welcomes postdoctoral fellow Ali Daneshkhah and MS student Jonathan Timbrell.

Holiday Dinner, 2019

The Backman Lab members and their families got together to celebrate the Holiday season and take note of the year’s many achievements.

New Research Targets Cancer’s ‘Achilles’ Heel’

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Contact Information

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Backman Laboratory

Silverman Hall
2170 Campus Drive, Room 3625
Evanston, IL 60208
b-keane@northwestern.edu
847-467-1870

 

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