Postdoctoral Tumor Biology Training Program

Tumor Biology Training Program

Established in 1975, the Training Program in Tumor Biology provides a multi-disciplinary postdoctoral research training and educational experience in translational and basic aspects of tumor biology.  The Program emphasizes investigative research under the guidance and supervision of faculty members of the participating departments. 

In addition to intensive, mentored research training, which constitutes the central core of the Program, trainees:

  • Receive formal instruction in biomedical ethics, including guidelines for use of human and animal subjects
  • Attend a variety of journal clubs and seminars, including the Tumor Biology Seminar Series hosted by the Program, which invites eminent outside cancer investigators to talk, meet and dine with the trainees and their preceptors
  • Participate in an annual retreat held in conjunction with the interdepartmental Cancer Biology Pre-doctoral Training Program at Asilomar, California
  • Attend and present results of primary studies at national cancer research symposia.

The program funds eight trainees each year and entrance to the program is competitive.  Applicants must be U.S. citizens or have permanent residency, have a Ph.D. or an M.D. degree, and be sponsored by a participating Stanford faculty member.   

Stipends are established according to the National Institutes of Health guidelines.  It is expected that trainees are committed to careers in research and teaching, with an emphasis on the cellular and molecular biology of neoplasia.

Program Directors

Lindhard Family Professor in Pediatric Cancer Biology and Professor of Pathology


For more information contact:
Patty Winningham,
Program Administrator, Department of Pathology,
Stanford University School of Medicine,
Stanford, CA 94305-5324. 
650 498-6134