USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

An NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center


Cancer Research Training and Education Coordination (CRTEC)


Yves DeClerck, MD

Associate Director of CRTEC

In this position, Dr. DeClerck oversees and enhances all education and training activities at the Cancer Center. DeClerck works with three assistant directors who form the CRTEC Leadership Team. A renowned basic scientist, Yves DeClerck MD is Principal Investigator (PI) for a long-standing NCI-funded T32 post-doctoral Program and program director of a K12 Pediatric Scientist Program. Dr. DeClerk leads this program to achieve our mission: “To prepare the next generation of basic, translational, clinical, and population scientists, with a focus on convergent science, inclusion, and diversity”

CRTEC Assistant Directors

W. Martin Kast, PhD

CRTEC Assistant Director

Dr. Kast is the director of the Cancer-STEM Education Partnership Program (C-SEPP) for elementary schools serving underrepresented minority students. He is responsible for all programs that target pre-collegiate students.

Ite Offringa, PhD

CRTEC Assistant Director

Dr. Offringa is the co-director of the NCI-funded Care2 education core, and Associate Dean for Graduate Education. She has responsibility for all CRTEC activities that target graduate and post-doctoral trainees.

Jennifer Unger, PhD

CRTEC Assistant Director

Dr. Unger coordinates the K-R Grant Club program for faculty members whose research focuses on population science and has oversight on the development and implementation of the CREATE database initiative which tracks current and former trainees at USC Norris. 

Internal Advisory Committee (IAC)

The committee is composed of eight faculty members at USC who provide feedback on education activities at specific levels of training.

Kimberly Miller, MPH

K – Grade 12

Josh Neman, PhD


Anat Epstein, MD, PhD


Jorge Nieva, MD

Junior Faculty

Stacey Finley, PhD


James Hu, MD