Program in Cancer Biology

Program Directors: Dr. Arthur Mercurio and Dr. Sharon Cantor
Program Faculty
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The Program in Cancer Biology provides:

  • a strong emphasis on cancer cell biology and cancer genetics;
  • a combination of rigorous basic science with exposure to clinical cancer medicine; and
  • faculty who are basic scientists and clinician scientists drawn from ten Medical School departments.

Cancer biology is an academic discipline with a tangible end point: improving the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of human cancers. The Program in Cancer Biology provides students interested in pursuing a career in cancer biology with rigorous training in biochemistry, genetics, molecular and cell biology, as well as an understanding of the clinical aspects of cancer. The program is based in the Department of Cancer Biology, but it also includes faculty from most basic science departments and several clinical departments. The strength and diversity of the faculty enable students to explore different approaches to the study of cancer in their laboratory rotations and to develop inter-departmental and interdisciplinary collaborations during their thesis research. This program is also an integral component of the Cancer Center of Excellence and it affords students the opportunity to participate in disease-based programs of the Cancer Center that are designed to translate achievements from the basic sciences to the clinical management of human cancers.

Requirements for Specialization

In addition to Biomedical Sciences I, II and III, students will take three specific courses: Histology and Tumor Pathology, Cancer Medicine and Therapeutics, and Cancer Biology.