Cancer Biology Theme

Theme Director: Lalita Shevde-Samant, PhD
Email: lsamant@uab.edu
Theme Co-Director: Soory Varambally, PhD
Email: soorya@uab.edu
Website: https://www.uab.edu/gbs/home/themes/cancer
GBS Email: grad-gbs@uab.edu

Theme Information

The goal of the Cancer Biology (CANB) theme is to train the next generation of cancer biologists so that they will make significant contributions to basic and clinical research. Students will receive training over a broad base–integrating molecular, cellular, biochemical and biological experimental approaches. Combinations of courses, seminars, small group discussions and hands-on research provide each student with a customized dissertation experience. Students will have opportunities to work with outstanding investigators throughout the UAB campus in the areas of tumor micro-environment, metastasis, cancer genetics, stem cells, gene therapy of cancer, pharmacology/toxicology, signaling and tumor immunology. Successful graduates will have a firm foundation upon which they can build careers in academia, research institutions, industry or government.


Admissions 

Prospective students should visit the GBS Admissions page for information on admissions requirements, application deadlines, and how to apply.


Curriculum

RequirementsHours
Lab Rotations3
Lab Rotation I
Lab Rotation 2
Lab Rotation 3
Core Courses6
Basic Biochemistry and Metabolism
Basic Genetics and Molecular Biology
Basic Biological Organization
Module Courses8
Cell Signaling
Genomic Structure and Function
Carcinogenesis
Cancer Immunology
Theme Required Courses18
Pathobiology of Cancer
Cancer Biology Seminar 1
GBS Student Theme Meeting Course 1
GBS Required Courses6
Intro to Biostats
Principles of Scientific Integrity
Grant-Writing/Scientific-Writing 22
Three Advanced Courses 39
Journal Clubs 48
Research Hours 524
Total Hours84
1

Required each fall and spring semester, 2nd year until graduation

2

Course selected from the following: GBS 716, GBS 725, GBS 768, GBSC 726

3

Courses selected from the following: GBS 700, GBS 702GBS 715, GBS 718, GBS 726, GBS 727GBS 729, GBS 732GBS 739, GBS 749, GBS 754, GBS 757, GBS 765, GBS 775, GBS 778, GBS 779, GBSC 705, GBSC 706, GBSC 707, GBSC 708, GBSC 709 GBSC 710, GBSC 712, GBSC 715, GBSC 717, GBSC 721, GBSC 724, GBSC 725, GBSC 728, GBSC 730, GBSC 732, GBSC 734, GBSC 735, GBSC 740, GBSC 741 or approved course. 

4

Required each fall and spring semester, 2nd year until graduation. Courses selected from the following: GBS 728, GBS 736, GBS 746J, GBS 747J, GBS 756, GBS 766, GBS 776, GBS 786J, GBS 793, GBSC 700, GBSC 720

5

24 hours in GBS 799, or 12 hours in GBS 798 and 12 hours in GBS 799.


Financial Support

All students accepted into GBS programs receive a competitive annual stipend and fully paid tuition and fees. Single coverage health insurance is also provided at no cost to the student through VIVA Health UAB. The annual stipend for the current academic year is $29,000. The total annual award value, including stipend, tuition, fees and health insurance is >$37,500. Stipends are reviewed and updated regularly.


Theme Faculty

The faculty listing for the Cancer Biology theme is located here