Cancer Systems Biology Scholars (CSBS) Program


The Stanford Cancer Systems Biology Scholars (CSBS) Program is a multidisciplinary training program for cancer and biocomputational researchers who want to embark on a systems biology approach to discover clinically-relevant cellular and molecular networks underlying cancer risk, initiation, progression and treatment response. With funding from the National Cancer Institute (NCI), we are able to offer the CSBS postdoctoral fellowships to well-qualified applicants from various backgrounds: (1) cancer biologists who want to be cross-trained in computational sciences and (2) computational scientists who want to be cross-trained in cancer biology. CSBS is a two-year postdoctoral training program focused on innovative, multidisciplinary cancer research education that seamlessly integrates experimental and computational biology in order to systematically unravel the complexity of cancer.

Drs. Sylvia Plevritis, PhD, and Garry Nolan, PhD lead the CSBS program, comprised of 36 faculty mentors from 19 departments with independent cancer-focused funding. Our coursework component includes two courses in cancer systems biology, and one course in medical ethics. In addition, trainees can select from a multitude of electives offered by various Stanford University Departments, bridging the Stanford Schools of Medicine, Engineering and Humanities and Sciences. Funding is available for salary, supplies, and travel to conferences. Applicants must have an MD, PhD or MD/PhD. Applicants should not have more than 3 years prior postdoc experience by the start date of the program. Please visit the application page for more information.

Diversity and Outreach

The CSBS Program is committed to training a diverse group of men and women, including underrepresented minorities, those with disabilities, and those from disadvantaged backgrounds, so as to increase diversity in the US research workforce. To achieve this, we leverage the diversity and outreach efforts made in cooperating departments, such as Medicine, Engineering, Humanities and Sciences.

Please visit our Diversity page for more information.

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