Ludwig Cancer Research is an international community of distinguished scientists dedicated to preventing and controlling cancer. American businessman Daniel K. Ludwig began to support cancer research with the establishment of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in 1971. Today, the scientific efforts endowed through his resources have grown to encompass the Ludwig Institute and the Ludwig Centers and professorships at six U.S. institutions.


Board of Directors

A Board of Directors has the ultimate responsibility for the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the Ludwig Fund. Although they are separate Boards, the members are the same. Several board members also served as trustees of the Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Fund for Cancer Research, which oversaw the endowment of the six Ludwig Centers in the United States.

John L. Notter
Chair of the Board; Board Member, Conrad N. Hilton Foundation
Nancy E. Davidson, MD
Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
Olivier Dunant
Law firm of Borel & Barbey
John D. Gordan III
Law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius (retired)
Alexandra Johnson
Law firm of Bär & Karrer
Barbara S. Jones
Law firm of Bracewell LLP
Philip A. Pizzo, MD
Stanford University School of Medicine
Edward A. McDermott Jr.
President and Chief Executive Officer
Chi Van Dang, MD, PhD
Scientific Director
Scientific Advisory Committee

The Scientific Advisory Committee is a group of distinguished independent scientists and clinicians appointed by the Scientific Director of the Ludwig Institute to advise on emerging areas of cancer research and development that might help the Institute fulfill its mission. The group also assists in the scholarly review of Institute scientists.


Daniel K. Ludwig was born June 24, 1897, in South Haven, Michigan, USA. By the 1960s he was among the richest men in the world, with a self-made empire of some 200 companies. By the time of his death, he had pioneered the modern supertanker, participated in major oil and gas projects throughout the world, become a major investor and operator in the production of coal and other minerals, acquired and developed luxury hotels and other real estates, and developed a forest-products and agricultural enterprise that encompassed three million acres in the Amazon basin.

In 1971, he launched the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research (he had to be persuaded strongly to allow his name to be used), endowing it with nearly all of his international holdings. That endowment is managed by the LICR Fund.

Upon his death in August 1992, Mr. Ludwig’s estate also provided for cancer research support at six leading U.S. academic institutions.


How we’re organized

The Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research Ltd is an international not-for-profit organization with a legacy of pioneering cancer discoveries that spans more than 45 years. The Institute provides its scientists with the resources and the flexibility to realize the life-changing potential of their work and see their discoveries advance human health. This philosophy, combined with robust translational programs, maximizes the potential of breakthrough discoveries to be more attractive for commercial development.

The Ludwig Institute conducts its own research and clinical trials, bridging the most basic questions of life to the most pressing needs of cancer care. Since its inception, the Institute has invested more than $1.8 billion of its own resources in cancer research, and has an endowment valued at $1.5 billion.

In addition, Ludwig Centers and Ludwig professorships have been established at six leading U.S. institutions. The Centers, created in 2006, operate independently of the Ludwig Institute but work collaboratively with each other and with the Institute at the forefront of cancer research. Each Center has a secure level of funding that generates more than $2 million a year in perpetuity. This funding empowers the Centers to attract the best and brightest scientists and provides unconstrained resources to tackle the most challenging projects for the benefit of cancer patients.


The LICR Fund

The LICR Fund Inc. is a US 501(c)3 organization that manages the assets of the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

The LICR Fund’s investment goal is to provide sustainable core spending for the Ludwig Institute while maintaining the purchasing power of the Fund for future generations of scientists. The Fund, valued currently at $1.5 billion, is overseen by a Board of Directors, which determines investment policy and objectives, defines guidelines for the allocation of assets and—together with the Institute’s Investment Office—appoints and evaluates outside investment managers.

The Fund’s orientation is global and broadly diversified, with an investment portfolio incorporating a range of asset classes and strategies designed to achieve its risk-adjusted objectives.

The Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Fund

The Virginia and D.K. Ludwig Fund for Cancer Research endowed the Ludwig Centers under the terms of the will of Daniel Ludwig. Each Center is endowed, providing generous and secure funding for the indefinite future.


Ludwig is always hungry for creative scientific minds and brilliant people to help further our mission. Check this space regularly for the latest job openings at our locations around the world.

Postdoctoral scholar at the Ludwig Center at Chicago

Postdoctoral scholar at the Ludwig Center at Chicago

The University of Chicago’s Ludwig Center for Metastasis Research in the Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology is seeking Postdoctoral Scholars to join a diverse and vibrant lab with a long history of breakthrough translational research. Openings currently exist in research teams seeking to better understand and reduce the process of tumor metastasis and improve the anti-tumor action of cancer therapies. Several key collaborations are driving our lab’s current focus: through our ongoing collaboration with Dr. Yang-Xin Fu we continue to investigate core pathways and mechanisms underlying immune responses in the context of radiotherapy and immunotherapy; Dr. Chuan He has been working with us recently to elucidate the effects of modification of m6A methylation on the anti-tumor action of radiotherapy and immunotherapy; and we are partnering with Dr. Wenbin Lin to develop immuno-nanomedicine approaches that can be employed with radiotherapy. Recent publications from these collaborative investigations include Yang et al. J Exp Med 2021, Hou et al. Sci Transl Med 2021, Zheng et al. Cancer Res 2020, Shi et al. J Exp Med 2020, Ni et al. Sci Adv 2020, Arina et al. Nat Commun 2019, Chan et al. Biomaterials 2019, Han et al. Nature 2019, Hou et al. Immunity 2018, Liang et al. Nat Commun 2017; Xu et al. Immunity 2017; Deng et al. J Clin Invest 2014, and Deng et al. Immunity 2014. Additional opportunities to consult and/or participate in the composition and execution of translational research grant applications and design and implementation of clinical trials related to immunology and radiotherapy are also available. Qualified applicants must possess a doctorate degree. Ideal candidates would possess a strong background in radiation biology or immunology, with experience in tumor biology and/or tumor immunology, standard immunology techniques/assays, adoptive Tcell therapy, molecular biology, animal models of human cancer, and bioinformatic analysis. Successful Postdoctoral Scholars in our lab independently drive and conduct their research, with guidance and input from the rest of the group, and therefore they must work well in a team environment. The level of the position and compensation are dependent upon qualifications and experience. We are looking for candidates from a diversity of backgrounds; indeed, over the past five years, Postdoctoral Scholars and Fellows in the Weichselbaum Lab have hailed from seven countries. Interested candidates should submit curriculum vitae, bibliography, a statement of research interests, and contact information for at least three references to Dr. R. Weichselbaum, Dept. of Radiation and Cellular Oncology, 5758 S. Maryland Ave, MC9006, Chicago, IL 60637 USA, or via email to:

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Application for Ludwig Princeton Scholar

Princeton University is pleased to announce a search for Ludwig Princeton Scholars, a new program aimed at attracting talented early-career scientists (0-2 years from PhD, MD, or clinical training). The program centers on cancer metabolism, broadly defined to include technology development, computation, biological studies, drug development, and clinical trials relevant to diet, metabolism, cancer, cell growth, metastasis, autophagy, microbiome, and/or the immune system. Scholars will be housed at the new Ludwig Princeton Branch on Princeton University’s campus, or in collaborating labs at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey. Appropriate backgrounds include a Ph.D. in biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering, physics or an M.D. Appointment will be as Associate Research Scholar, renewable for up to five years, with a competitive salary and research support.

Scholars will be given a substantial degree of independence, with mentorship from at least 2 faculty members, one of whom must be a full member of the Ludwig Princeton Branch (currently, these are Yibin Kang, Josh Rabinowitz, and Eileen White).

Scholars may have the opportunity to perform a modest amount of teaching, according to a plan they may develop in conjunction with their mentors. While teaching, a Scholar may hold a secondary appointment as a Lecturer in an appropriate department, pending sufficient course enrollments and the approval of the Dean of the Faculty.

Submission of all application materials is highly encouraged by September 1, 2021. Scholars will be appointed on a rolling basis. Please feel free to contact Panina Zaurov ( with any inquiries about the Ludwig Princeton Scholars Program. To apply online, please visit and submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae which includes a list of publications, a brief statement (1-2 pages) of research interests and goals, and contact information for three references.

These positions are subject to the University’s background check policy.

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Application for Ludwig Postdoctoral Research Associate – Princeton

Postdoctoral or more senior research positions are available in the Ludwig Princeton Branch to study metabolism and tumor-microenvironment interactions during cancer progression. Ludwig Princeton Branch is dedicated to accelerating the study of metabolic phenomena associated with cancer to develop new paradigms for cancer prevention and treatment. Its main research areas include:

– Metabolic interactions between the tumor and the rest of the body, focusing on how the body supports tumor growth and metastasis, and how tumors induce cachexia and other microenvironmental changes.
– Interplay between host metabolism, gut microbiome, and anti-cancer immune response.
– Diet-induced tumor microenvironment changes during cancer progression and metastasis, and dietary strategies for the prevention and treatment of cancer.

We welcome highly motivated candidates who have or expect to have a Ph.D. degree in the fields of molecular cell biology, cancer biology, chemical biology, biochemistry, cancer genomics, genetics, mass spectrometry, physical chemistry, computational and systems analysis.

Appointments are for one year with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and continued funding.

Applicants must select one or more research mentor/co-mentor from the following Principal Investigators and Ludwig Princeton Branch members.

Kang, Yibin
Major areas of interest include: Cellular plasticity in cancer progression, organ-tropic metastasis niches, metabolic adaptation during cancer metastasis, metastasis genes and development of metastasis therapeutics, mammary gland stem cell and stem cell niches.

Rabinowitz, Joshua
Major areas of interest include: Metabolomics, isotope tracing, metabolic flux analysis, quantitative modeling, mass spectrometry imaging, cancer metabolism, small molecule inhibitor discovery, dietary impact on cancer, metabolism, and the immune system.

White, Eileen
Major areas of interest include: Identification of metabolic vulnerabilities in cancer, the role of nutrient scavenging pathways including autophagy in cancer and host metabolism, growth and survival, metabolic control of the anti-tumor immune response, identification of the mechanisms driving cancer cachexia, dietary modulation of tumor growth and treatment response.

To apply online, please visit and submit a brief statement of research interests, curriculum vitae and a list of three references.

This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.

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Postdoctoral Research Scientist – Tumor Immunology, Ludwig Oxford

Grade 7: £33,309 – £40,927 with a discretionary range to £44,706 per annum. Apply by 17th January 2022.

Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Scientist – Tumor Immunology to join the research group of Professor Benoît Van den Eynde and Dr. Carol Leung to study combination therapies for cancer using in vivo tumour models, at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

You will participate in the Ludwig Institute-funded research program led by Professor Benoit Van den Eynde in the area of tumor immunology and manage your own academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management and coordinating multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines. You will conduct original research within the context of the group, analyzing detailed and complex qualitative and/or quantitative data from a variety of sources, reviewing and refining working hypotheses as appropriate.

It is essential that you hold a PhD degree in immunology or a relevant field (or be near completion) and have experience/background in tumor immunology. You will also have experience in cellular immunology techniques, including multicolor flow cytometry for the evaluation of immune cells. You will have good interpersonal skills and ability to work flexibly and supportively as part of a team, and be able to organize work efficiently, with the ability to manage multiple projects with competing priorities effectively, delivering high quality results.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

This position is offered full time on a fixed-term contract for 24 months in the first instance and is funded by Ludwig.

Applications must be made online by 12.00 noon (UK time) on Monday 17th January 2022.

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Scientific Writer and Facilitator – Ludwig Oxford

Grade 8: £42,149 – £50,296 with a discretionary range to £54,943 per annum. Apply by 24th January 2022.

We are seeking an enthusiastic and motivated Scientific Writer and Facilitator, with proven writing skills to become a key member of our support team at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Oxford Branch.

You will be responsible for managing the scientific output of the Ludwig Cancer Research Oxford Branch and will liaise with our leadership team on scientific strategy. Working closely with the Branch Director, Principal Investigators, research staff and graduate students (approximately 120 staff in 13 research groups), you will become familiar with research being undertaken in the Institute, the strategic directions of the Branch and matters of research policy and practice. Using your extensive background in science writing, you will support grant applications and advise and assist in the preparation of manuscripts, scientific reports and any other documentation required.

It is essential that you hold a doctorate in life sciences and have an understanding of biology and knowledge of the molecular basis of cancer. You will have substantial and sustained experience of research-focused scientific writing and editing, with an in-depth understanding of scientific publication processes, and have the ability to tailor writing and communications to different audiences or contexts.

You will have previous experience of successfully managing small to medium projects and be able to prioritize a heavy workload and keep track of multiple on-going projects. It is essential that you have excellent interpersonal and communication skills with the ability to interact equally effectively with senior academic staff, researchers and support staff within the University and the Ludwig Institute. You will be proactive and organized, with excellent attention to detail and problem-solving skills.

Applications for this vacancy are to be made online and you will be required to upload a supporting statement and CV as part of your online application. Your supporting statement must explain how you meet each of the selection criteria for the post using examples of your skills and experience.

This position is offered full time (part time hours considered, minimum 30 hours/ 80% FTE), on a fixed term contract for three years and is funded by the Ludwig Institute.

Applications must be made online by 12 midday (UK time) on Monday 24th January 2022.

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Postdoctoral Researcher – Spatial transcriptome and single cell sequencing, Ludwig Oxford

Grade 7: £33,309 – £40,927 with a discretionary range to £44,706 per annum

We are seeking a motivated Postdoctoral Researcher with experience in cancer biology and other relevant laboratory techniques to join the research group of Professor Xin Lu at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research.

You will work with Professor Xin Lu’s research group and will use spatial transcriptomics combined with single cell RNA-seq to study cellular plasticity, tumor heterogeneity and tumor microenvironment in esophageal cancer samples. You will manage your own academic research and administrative activities. This involves small scale project management, coordinating multiple aspects of work to meet deadlines. You will adapt existing and develop new scientific techniques and experimental protocols, test hypotheses and analyze scientific data from a variety of sources, and review and refine working hypotheses as appropriate.

It is essential that you hold a PhD/DPhil (or close to completion) in a relevant discipline, and have a research background in cancer biology, genomics and or immunology. You will have experience in cell culture, molecular and cellular biology as well as basic molecular biology techniques including PCR, cloning and sequencing. You will be able to manage your own academic research and associated activities, and have a first author publication in an international peer reviewed journal. It is essential that you have excellent communication skills, including the ability to write for publication, present research proposals and results and represent the research group at meetings.

This position is offered full time on a fixed term contract for 3 years in the first instance and is funded by Ludwig.

Applications are to be made online by 12.00 noon (UK time) on Monday 7 February 2022.

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Great post-doc opportunity in Xin Lu’s group at Ludwig @NDMOxford using spatial transcriptomics and single cell sequencing to study oesophageal cancer. Apply by February 7.

Tag image: @OxfordCancer @NDMOxford

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Ludwig Center at Johns Hopkins
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New York HQ

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research
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New York MSK

Ludwig Center at MSK
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Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Oxford
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Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, Princeton
Princeton University
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San Diego

Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research, San Diego
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Ludwig Center at Stanford
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Founding statement

In creating this organization I have been guided by certain principles which throughout my life I have found to be highly effective. Success in any complex enterprise consists in bringing the best minds to bear on each problem, in providing the best resources possible, and in putting each concept into practice whenever and wherever the opportunities are most favorable. I believe firmly in the value of applying these principles in grappling with tasks as momentous as finding ways to relieve the human suffering caused by cancer.

Why should this undertaking be international? The rare vision and ability needed in the battle against cancer are not limited by frontiers, and the scientists who possess these gifts must be sought wherever they are to be found. Nor does cancer reveal itself in the same guise in every nation, but strikes different populations in different forms. Yet despite the growing necessity for concerted worldwide effort, I find no agency, which has both the truly international scope and the substantial resources, which I deem essential for a comprehensive attack on human cancer.

In my judgment the ultimate conquest of this frightful disease is not yet in sight, and the same view is held by most informed physicians and scientists in bio-medical research. In contrast to those who would yield to undue optimism, and who hope for too much from present programs. I am persuaded that eventual mastery of cancer will come only from intense and unremitting scientific exploration over many decades. This should not be hindered by the changing policies of governments and the vagaries of public interest. Accordingly it is my intention that the Institute shall be so structured as to ensure secure and continuing support for the attainment of its aims. The elimination of cancer will surely rank as one of man’s greatest and uncontroversial achievements. That day may be long delayed. How long we cannot tell. But I do not doubt that it will surely come.

D.K. Ludwig
December 17, 1974


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