Cancer Biology Training Program

The Cancer Biology Graduate Training Program provides interdisciplinary doctoral (Ph.D.) training for the student interested in pursuing a research career in most areas of cancer biology. The themes of the Cancer Biology faculty are related to the five scientific programs in the Simmons Cancer Center: Development and Cancer, Cancer Cell Networks, Chemistry and Cancer, Experimental Therapeutics of Cancer, and Population Science and Cancer Control. 

In general, courses are taken as necessary to provide sufficient background in the biological sciences to permit the development of “breadth of knowledge” before specializing in a particular area of cancer research. Since cancer research as a discipline is unusually broad – encompassing a wide variety of approaches to the biology, biochemistry, and genetics of various diseases that make up cancer – the curriculum requirements are designed to be flexible and provide students with a maximal opportunity for specialization within this multidisciplinary field.