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Message from the Director

Rolf Brekken, Ph.D.
Rolf A. Brekken, Ph.D.


Deputy Director, Hamon Center for Therapeutic Oncology Research

Graduate School: Ph.D., UT Southwestern Medical Center

Postdoctoral Training: The Hope Heart Institute, Seattle

Brekken Lab

Cancer remains a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the U.S. and the world. Cancer care, treatment, and research are areas of excellence at UT Southwestern, exemplified by our NCI-designated Harold C. Simmons Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Cancer Biology Graduate Program.

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. The program fosters the intellectual, technical, and communications skills required to succeed in the academic or industrial arenas of today and in the future.

Our program has:

  • ~90 faculty trainers
  • More than 45 students
  • Three funded training grants
  • $300 million per year provided by the State of Texas for scientists in Texas to investigate the cancer problem

We have a flexible program focused on developing scientists that can address important challenges within the field of cancer research. The program is supported by truly outstanding faculty who exploit interdisciplinary methods to investigate the challenges of cancer.

I hope you will take the time to learn more about our program and contact us if you have any questions.

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