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Graduate Committee

Dr. Joyce Solheim (Chair & Program Director), Dr. Tadayoshi Bessho, Dr. Jennifer Black, Dr. Pi-Wan Cheng, Dr. Babu Guda, Dr. Keith Johnson, Dr. Xu Luo, Dr. Aaron Mohs, Dr. Youri Pavlov, Dr. Angie Rizzino, and Dr. Pankaj Singh

The IGPBS - Cancer Research doctoral program provides broad-based training in all aspects of cancer biology, equipping students to use cutting-edge experimental approaches to address the molecular basis of cancer, as well as the means of enhancing the detection and treatment of cancer.

General Requirements

  • Completion of coursework. 
  • Completion of the comprehensive examination.
  • Completion of a research project consistent with a PhD level of achievement.
  • Completion and successful defense of a doctoral dissertation.
  • Concurrence of the mentor and the student's Supervisory Committee.

Coursework

For graduate students who have taken post-baccalaureate coursework at other institutions, the IGPBS - Cancer Research Graduate Committee will evaluate that coursework on an individual basis to determine the extent to which it is equivalent to required courses. If previous coursework is determined to be equivalent, the Graduate Committee will exempt the student from taking the required courses.

PhD Curriculum

Course List
Required Courses  
BIOS 806 BIOSTATISTICS 3
MGCB 815 TOOLS AND ALGORITHMS IN BIOINFORMATICS 3
CRGP 880 PRINCIPLES AND METHODOLOGIES IN CANCER RESEARCH * 2-3
CRGP 896 RESEARCH OTHER THAN THESIS (or IPBS 896) 1-9
CRGP 910 INTENSIVE TRAINING IN TRANSLATIONAL CANCER RESEARCH 3
CRGP 940 SHORT COURSE IN CANCER BIOLOGY (each Summer) 1
CRGP 970 SEMINAR (each Fall and Spring) 1-3
CRGP 998 SPECIAL TOPICS 1-4
CRGP 999 DOCTORAL DISSERTATION 1-15
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training  
*Indicates course must be completed prior to Comprehensive Exam - MD/PhD are exempt from this requirement  

MD/PhD Curriculum

Upon successful completion of the first two years of the medical school curriculum, the IGPBS - Cancer Research Graduate Committee requires the following courses. 

CRGP 998SPECIAL TOPICS1-4
CRGP 940SHORT COURSE IN CANCER BIOLOGY (every Summer)1
CRGP 970SEMINAR (every Fall and Spring )1-3
CRGP 999DOCTORAL DISSERTATION1-15
Elective (One course to be taken as credit or audit)
Responsible Conduct in Research (RCR) / Ethics Training