Program Description

A total of 6 units are to be completed in this Application area.

Required Courses

  • CBIO 242: Molecular, cellular and genetic basis of cancer (4 units)
  • Seminar Series in Cancer Biology (non-credit)

Some recommended courses are:

  • Cancer Biology Journal Club (CBIO280: 1 unit per quarter)
  • Advanced Genetics (GENE 203)
  • Biological Macromolecules (SBIO 241)
  • Genomics (GENE 211)
  • Signal Transduction Pathways and Networks (MPHA 210)
  • Cell Biology of Physiological Processes (BIOSCI 214)
  • Biostatistics (STAT 141)

Investigative work

3 to 6 quarters of scholarly work (research or scholarly paper). At completion the student is encouraged to develop a written report, in the form of either a review paper or a grant proposal.

Participation in the Cancer Biology Journal Club and the annual Asilomar Scientific Conference.

The Cancer Biology Ph.D. program is one of the largest interdisciplinary programs in the School of Medicine. Medical students participating the Cancer Biology Scholarly Concentration program can obtain a concurrent Ph.D. degree should they elect to do so. The course works completed in the SC program can be applied to satisfy the course requirements for Cancer Biology Ph.D.