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Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program

Students interested in joining the Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program may apply to the Basic Biomedical Sciences umbrella program.

Basic Biomedical Sciences Umbrella Program; First-year students complete a core curriculum with: Core Course, 2+ Laboratory Rotations; Responsible Conduct of Research Training in Integrity, Ethics, and Excellence. Second-year students take a qualifying exam to enter the Ph.D. program: Collaborative and Cross-Disciplinary

About the Cancer Biology Program

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The Cancer Biology Graduate Program provides training for students interested in pursuing a research career in investigating the molecules, mechanisms, and pathways involved in the development of cancer. Research by faculty members and students is laying the foundation for tomorrow’s clinical advances.

Cross-disciplinary collaboration, a hallmark of UT Southwestern Medical Center’s approach to research, is essential in cancer biology research, as cancer involves many different biological systems.

The themes of our Cancer Biology faculty are related to four scientific programs in the Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center:

In addition, the center has emerging programs in DNA Repair and Radiation Oncology and Cancer Prevention and Control.

Curriculum Overview

The formal coursework for Ph.D. students is flexible, with a wide range of choices depending on your interests. In general, courses are taken as necessary to provide sufficient background in the biological sciences so students develop breadth before specializing in a particular area of cancer research.

Because cancer research encompasses a wide variety of approaches to the biology, biochemistry, and genetics of various diseases that make up cancer, the curriculum requirements are designed to provide students with the best opportunity for specialization within this multidisciplinary field.

Carla Rodriguez Tirado

“One of the many reasons I chose UTSW for graduate school is because it is an umbrella program, meaning you have access to all of the labs in UTSW, regardless of the program you want to join. It really gives you the option to explore all kinds of research before you choose to join a lab. ”

Carla Rodriguez Tirado

Cancer Biology Graduate Program

Samantha Golomb

“The structure of the Cancer Biology Graduate Program develops a strong foundation for students including basic scientific knowledge, communication of research and critical interactions with faculty through internal symposia, seminars and journal clubs. ”

Samantha Golomb

Cancer Biology Graduate Program

Tanner Reese

“The breadth of cutting-edge research being conducted here paired with the collaborative environment made the decision to come to UTSW well worth it for me. ”

Tanner Reese

Cancer Biology Graduate School

 
 

Meet the Director

Rolf A. Brekken, Ph.D.

Professor
Deputy Director, Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research
Graduate School: Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center
Postdoctoral Training: The Hope Heart Institute, Seattle
rolf.brekken@utsouthwestern.edu

“Cancer Biology graduate students work in an array of different disciplines and have the opportunity to interact with world class faculty and utilize outstanding resources to drive impactful projects focused on the development, treatment, or detection of cancer.” Read Dr. Brekken’s full message.

Rolf Brekken, Ph.D.
 

Contact the Graduate School

Lisa Gardner, Ph.D.

Assistant Dean

lisa.gardner@utsouthwestern.edu

Phone: 214-648-0718

Lisa Gardner, Ph.D.

Stuart Ravnik, Ph.D.

Associate Dean

stuart.ravnik@utsouthwestern.edu

Phone: 214-648-0733

Stuart Ravnik, Ph.D.

Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.

Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.

arnaldo.diazvazquez@utsouthwestern.edu

Phone: 214-648-2527

Arnaldo Diaz Vazquez, Ph.D.

Deborah Evalds

Administrative Coordinator

dbsinfo@utsouthwestern.edu

Phone: 214-648-0007

Deborah Evalds
 

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