Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of Cancer Biology at the University of Massachusetts Medical School. The Department is the nexus of cancer research at the medical center. Our faculty members are engaged in research on fundamental mechanisms that lead to the onset, progression and dissemination of cancer, and on the translation of these mechanisms to improve the prevention, detection and treatment of human cancers. Our goal as a department is to integrate the powerful and innovative biology that derives from the study of model organisms with the complex behavior of human tumors.

The Department of Cancer Biology is a key component of the UMASS Cancer Center of Excellence. We are home to several translational programs that bridge basic science and clinical cancer care including the Breast Cancer, Gastrointestinal Cancer, Genomic Instability and Leukemia programs. One of our most valuable resources is the Tissue Bank of the UMASS Cancer Center. This bank accrues specimens from a variety of human cancers and provides them to researchers throughout the medical center, as well as to other institutions.

Training the next generation of cancer researchers is a fundamental mission of our Department. The Cancer Biology PhD Program of the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences is based here. This program provides students with outstanding training in cancer biology, as well as an appreciation and understanding of cancer as a disease and the importance of translational research. This program brings together faculty and students from most of the basic science and clinical departments at the medical school, and it fosters the role of the department as the center of cancer-related activities on campus. We are also proud to have a Training Grant from the National Cancer Institute that funds both pre-doctoral students and post-doctoral fellows throughout the school.

We hope that your visit to this website informs you about our outstanding department.

Arthur M. Mercurio, PhD
Interim Chairman