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Training for the PhD degree in the CBTP includes course work, research rotations, formal and informal seminars, a Thesis Proposal/Qualifying Examination, and research experience resulting in scholarly publications and a PhD dissertation. The CBTP includes the core curriculum of the Pathology Graduate Program (see Section II: Pathology PhD Program) and a well-developed curriculum focused on cancer biology. Core components of the Pathology PhD curriculum include the BSTP curriculum coursework in cell and molecular biology (CBIO 453 and CBIO 455), a minimum of three research rotations and two Pathology core courses (PATH 510 Basic Pathophysiologic Mechanisms, PATH 520 Basic Cancer Biology & Interface with Clinical Oncology). PATH 510 provides a solid foundation in mechanisms of disease, including topics related to cancer. PATH 520 provides a detailed survey of basic cancer biology. CBTP students take at least two CBTP Track Electives (see Section VIII: Courses) and other elective courses to meet the PhD requirements (Section II: Pathology PhD Program). Elective courses should be selected in consideration of the research emphasis of the individual student and may include a wide range of courses offered by the Department of Pathology or other basic science graduate departments. A student's course selections must be approved by his/her Thesis Mentor and must follow the program guidelines. A Planned Program of Study Form (see Forms section) must be completed to insure adequate planning for coursework and other curriculum components. This plan must be reviewed and approved by the CBTP Track Thesis Committee Representative, and then submitted to the Pathology Graduate Program Coordinator. The CBTP Track Thesis Committee Representative will be an ex officio member of all Thesis Committees for CBTP students and will insure consistency in advising and adherence to guidelines.

For more information, please refer to the Student Handbook‌ (PDF).

PhD in Cancer Biology Core Components (PDF)

Program Director

Mark W. Jackson, PhD
Assistant Professor, Pathology