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Register today for eCLOSE 2024 Summer Programs.  Additional program details will be forthcoming soon.


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Cutting Edge Research

How Diet Impacts Cancer

We develop cutting edge research projects in order to understand how diet impacts cancer. With more than 1 million nutrients and 300 cancer genes there are 300 MILLION single combinations that we can use to develop personalized diets that will improve treatment for cancer patients.

This daunting problem requires an army of researchers bringing life skills, creativity, commitment and cultural experiences together, with the shared goal of quickly and efficiently addressing the diet and cancer problem.

My Healthy Plate

Validation Studies

Waddell, EA, Ruiz-Whalen, DM, O’Reilly, AM, Fried, NT. Flying the Face of Adversity: a Drosophila-based virtual CURE (Course-Based Undergraduate Research Experience) provides a semester-long research opportunity to the flipped classroom. J. Microbiol Biol Educ. 2021. Nov 30; 22(3):e00173-21.

Dara M. Ruiz-Whalen, Christopher P. Aichele, Ebony R. Dyson, Katherine C. Gallen, Jennifer V. Stark, Jasmine A. Saunders, Jacqueline C. Simonet, Erin M. Ventresca, Isabela M. Fuentes, Nyellis Marmol, Emly Moise, Benjamin C. Neubert, Devon J. Riggs, Ava M. Self, Jennifer I. Alexander, Ernest Boamah, Amanda J. Browne, Iliana Correa, Maya J. Foster, Nicole Harrington, Troy J. Holiday, Ryan A. Henry, Eric H. Lee, Sheila M. Longo, Laurel D. Lorenz, Esteban Martinez, Anna Nikonova, Maria Radu, Shannon C. Smith, Lindsay A. Steele, Todd I. Strochlic, Nicholas F. Archer, Y. James Aykit, Adam J. Bolotsky, Megan Boyle, Jennifer Criollo, Oren Eldor, Gabriela Cruz, Valerie N. Fortuona, Shreeya D. Gounder, Nyim Greenwood, Kayla W. Ji, Aminah Johnson, Sophie Lara, Brianna Montanez, Maxwell Saurman, Tanu Singh, Daniel R. Smith, Catherine A. Stapf, Tarang Tondapu, Christina Tsiobikas, Raymond Habas, Alana M. O’Reilly. Gaining wings to FLY: Using Drosophila oogenesis as an entry point for citizen scientists in laboratory research. Springer Drosophila Oogenesis, editor, Tina Tootle. 2023.

Hanley, CD, Ho, J, Prichard, C, Vanderford, NL. The Use of Virtual Research Experiences for Appalachian Career Training in Oncology (ACTION) Program High School Participants During the COVID-19 Pandemic. J. STEM Outreach. 2022.

A Centralized Hub for Collaboration

eCLOSE Institute is a hub where scientists, teachers, and students join forces to address this urgent problem. We support teachers with innovative programming, materials, and professional development, empowering them to function as scientific lead investigators in their classrooms. We provide students training in professional laboratory research and the problem solving, collaboration, communication, and networking skills required for career success.


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Our Name

eCLOSE has two important meanings.

It represents our primary goal:

To Empower the Citizen Lens on Science through Education

It is the precise moment an insect emerges as an adult, spreading its wings to explore the world and make a contribution.


Citizen Science

eCLOSE is built on the concept of citizen science, a progressive approach where previously untrained participants contribute directly to professional scientific research projects. Four iterative eCLOSE program levels provide comprehensive research training to high school students and teachers, actively including participants in professional cancer research projects.

Citizen Science

Science Education

eCLOSE learning modules align with State Core Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards. eCLOSE experimental kits replace standard classroom laboratories shifting the focus from getting the “right” answer, to encouraging students to explore their own ideas and data through open inquiry.

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