Cancer Biology

Graduate Student Coordinator: Stacy Kiel

Faculty Co-Directors: Jason Weber, Ph.D. & Juli​e Sc​hwarz​, M.D., Ph.D.

 ​GRE is not required for this program

​​​​The program in Cancer Biology spans many disciplines, including cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, pathology, epidemiology, bioinformatics, and immunology, to name a few.  It represents a unique set of training and educational activities that, taken collectively, expose the student to the full breadth of cancer biology while allowing immersion in a specific dissertation topic of the student's choice.A common theme that unites these diverse endeavors is the desire to push the limits of our understanding of these processes to the highest possible molecular resolution.  The program is designed to provide graduate and medical students with the education and training they need to make significant contributions to the field of cancer biology, both in the laboratory and the clinic.​

The program conducts research in diverse areas:

  • ​​Apoptosis and autophagy
  • Tumor cell biology
  • Chromosome stability and genome maintenance
  • Cell motility​ and metastasis
  • DNA repair, replication and recombination
  • Transcriptional and translational regulation
  • Metabolism
  • Imaging technologies
  • Receptor-ligand interactions
  • Signal transduction molecules and pathway
  • Biomarker studies
  • Genomic mutation profiles and informatics
  • Non-coding RNAs
  • Tumor immunology and vaccines
  • Tumor viruses
  • Hematopoiesis
  • Cancer disparities
  • Small molecule and nanotechnology discovery
  • Tumor microenvironment
  • Clinical trial research

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