Cancer Biology

The Cancer Biology Graduate Program is designed to train students for a career in basic and applied cancer research, as well as in related careers associated with the application of information through biotechnology and the dissemination of information to the next generation of scientists and to the lay public. Modern cancer research is based on a broad range of technical skills, including Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Genetics, Biochemistry, and Bioinformatics, which the students will learn through coursework and laboratory training. Training will extend to exercises designed to develop independent thinking, skills in oral and written presentation, analysis of data and information, and dissemination of information through teaching. Thus, the proposed program combines rigorous coursework with laboratory training and exercises in writing, speaking, and teaching, designed collectively to provide students with the necessary theoretical and practical skills to launch productive careers.

RESEARCH FOCUS IN CANCER BIOLOGY
Microenvironmental influences on cellular phenotype
Growth factors, cytokines, and chemokines
Extracellular matrix and matrix-degrading enzymes
Cellular adhesion molecules and cytoskeleton
Signaling pathways that respond to cell attachment