Curriculum

The Committee on Cancer Biology offers a graduate program of study leading to the Ph.D. in Cancer Biology.  The program provides multidisciplinary training for the student interested in pursuing a research career in any aspect of Cancer Biology, focusing on mammalian (particularly human) biology as well as the study of genes and processes in other eukaryotic organisms. The program provides doctoral students with the most up-to-date knowledge and research training in molecular and cellular aspects of Cancer Biology and prepares the students for leadership positions in the academic community.  The broad range of interests and expertise of the faculty members of the Committee on Cancer Biology enables students to concentrate specifically in one of several areas of Cancer Biology such as apoptosis, cancer cytogenetics, cell cycle, chromosome damage/repair, drug resistance, metastatic progression, signal transduction, or tumor biology.

The Biomedical Sciences Cluster

The Committee on Cancer Biology is integrated within a cluster of graduate programs, including the Committee on Immunology, the Committee on Microbiology,  and the Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition. The five academic units share several common courses, a seminar series, and additional common events for students and faculty within the cluster. The goal of the cluster system is to encourage interdisciplinary interactions among both trainees and faculty, and to allow students flexibility in designing their particular course of study. 

In addition, students will have extensive opportunities for interaction with the three other clusters within the Biological Sciences Division: the Molecular Biology Cluster: Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, Developmental Biology, Genetics, Human Genetics and Molecular Genetics and Cell Biology; the Ecology, Evolution, and Integrative Biology Cluster; and the Neurobiology Cluster.  These clusters offer courses and sponsor seminars and symposia open to Cancer Biology students.  Many students from the Molbio and Neurobiology Clusters with cancer research interests are very active in the life of the Committee on Cancer Biology. The Cancer Biology student will thus enjoy an exceptional training environment with extensive opportunities for scientific interaction among a variety of students and faculty.