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Cancer Biology Program Courses

The courses listed below include required courses of the core curriculum, research and milestone courses, as well as program specific advanced topics, seminars, journal clubs and tutorials for specialization in Cancer Biology.

  • Histology and Tumor Pathology | BBS 720

    Programs: Cancer Biology

    The overall goal of the course is to expose students to the pathology of different types of cancers that occur in humans and the methods used for diagnosis, including histology, cytology, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry and molecular diagnostics. Faculty from the Departments of Pathology and Cancer Biology will teach this course. The course will start with a review of normal tissue histology of all the major organ systems and an overview of diagnostic techniques. The remainder of the course will consist of organ-based lectures in tumor pathology along with a hands-on microscopic review of pathologic tumor samples. The general format of the six-week course will consist of a one-hour lecture followed by a one-hour laboratory session, given three days per week.

    Course Director: Stephen Lyle

    Semester Offered: Summer

    Last Taught: Summer 2021

  • Cancer Biology and Medicine | BBS 725

    Programs: Cancer Biology, Interdisciplinary

    This course will provide students with a rigorous and comprehensive understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the genesis and progression of human cancers. It will build on the basic science knowledge acquired in the Foundations Course and establish an appreciation of cancer as a disease. The salient topics to be covered include cancer stem cells; oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes; tumor-host interactions, invasion and metastasis, cancer metabolism and anti-tumor immunity. A major theme of the course will be to integrate the biology of cancer with the clinical behavior of tumors.

    Course Directors: Arthur Mercurio, Michelle Kelliher

    Semester Offered: Fall, Spring

    Last Taught: Spring 2021

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