Cancer Biology

CMB Graduate Program Cancer Biology Focus Area

Two focus areas are available to students wishing to focus on cancer research. One is within the Cell and Molecular Biology Program (CMB) and the other is within the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences. These focus areas share many of the same faculty and courses.

The CMB Cancer Biology Graduate focus area is a focus area within the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program that includes over two dozen faculty members from six departments in three colleges who share a strong interest and a broad expertise in molecular and clinical aspects of the development and treatment of cancer (Faculty List). The basic science and translational research activities of the focus area are closely linked with the clinical research and clinical trials programs of the Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center. Entering graduate students generally undertake three laboratory rotations while identifying a graduate advisor. The Cancer Biology focus area may provide first year Fellowship support for highly qualified PhD students ($23,000 + tuition) and emphasizes recruitment of individuals with veterinary medical degrees ($39,756 + tuition) who have an interest in academic medicine and comparative cancer research.

Clinical cancer treatment of pet animals is a major strength of the Cancer Biology Curriculum. The Cancer Biology focus area combines nationally recognized research training, focused on cutting edge approaches to cancer diagnosis and treatment, with innovative clinical trials. Students who participate in the Cancer Biology Focus area complete all of the requirements of the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program including the three laboratory rotations during their first year. In addition, Cancer Biology students must complete a minimum of five credits from the following list of elective courses:

ERHS 510 – Cancer Biology – 3 credits
ERHS 611 – Cancer Genetics – 2 credits
VS 780 – Cancer Biology Clinical Practicum – 2 credits
ERHS 733 – Environmental Carcinogenesis – 3 credits

Completion of these courses can be used to satisfy the requirement for elective courses in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program. In addition, Cancer Biology students may satisfy seminar attendance for CM 792 – Cell and Molecular Biology Seminar by attending the Clinical Oncology Seminar/Journal Club.