Cancer Biology Theme

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Theme Director: Lalita Shevde-Samant, PhD
Theme Co-Director: Soory Varambally, PhD

Theme Information

Cancer Biology is one of eight interdisciplinary PhD themes within Graduate Biomedical Sciences (GBS).  Students select a theme upon application but have access to faculty and courses from across GBS, allowing for flexibility in both research and academics.

The Cancer Biology Theme provides training opportunities in multiple and contemporary areas of cancer research. Outstanding basic and translational research faculty from various schools, departments, and centers participate in training the next generation of basic and translational cancer researchers.


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

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. Please reference the GBS Financial Support page for further information.


Lab Rotations3
Lab Rotation 1
Lab Rotation 2
Lab Rotation 3
Core Courses7
Core Concepts in Research: Critical Thinking & Error Analysis
Basic Biochemistry and Metabolism
Basic Genetics and Molecular Biology
Basic Biological Organization
Module Courses8
Cell Signaling
Genomic Structure and Function
Cancer Immunology
Theme Required Courses12
Model Systems for Genetic Analyses
Pathobiology of Cancer
Cancer Biology Seminar 1
GBS Required Courses49
Principles of Scientific Integrity
Grant-Writing/Scientific-Writing 2
Biostatistics 3
Journal Clubs 4
Three Advanced Courses 5
Research 6
Total Hours79

Theme Faculty

The faculty listing for the Cancer Biology theme is located here

For further information, please reference the GBS website