Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Group

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Cancer Biology

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Program Overview

The Program in Cancer Biology provides students in the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group an opportunity to undertake concentrated study of the basic biological processes that underlie the control of cell growth and metabolism and how these controls are abrogated during the initiation and progression of cancer. The program stresses the importance of fundamental genetic and molecular pathways regulating cell proliferation, differentiation, movement, and survival. Faculty members in the program have active research programs in the areas of oncogenesis, tumor suppressor genes, cell cycle control, apoptosis, tumor virology, angiogenesis, cell migration/metastasis, and cancer immunology. Opportunities to participate in research programs in cancer genetics and epidemiology are also available. In addition to individual faculty-led research programs, the Program in Cancer Biology sponsors a weekly work -in-progress seminar series in which students in the program present their current research. Students are also invited to weekly seminars in the Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute seminar series, and have the opportunity to meet visiting seminar speakers.

The program is designed to train students primarily interested in obtaining a PhD. Degree and hoping to pursue an academic research career or careers in biotechnology and related industries

Overview | Requirements | Courses |Program Committees

Program Requirements

A list of all CAMB courses and their descriptions can be found here. Additional information may be found at http://www.med.upenn.edu/bgs/course_info.shtml.

Required Courses:

See Academic section of this site for more information on the CAMB graduate group's requirements and related topics.

Overview | Requirements | Courses |Program Committees

Program Courses

CAMB 512: Cancer Biology and Genetics
CAMB 530: The Cell Cycle, Genome Integrity and Cancer
CAMB 632: Cell Control by Signal Transduction Pathways
CAMB 697: Biology of Stem Cells
CAMB 701: Tumor Microenvironment
CAMB 704: Stress Responses and Metabolism in Cancer

Suggested Elective Courses:

Whereas any CAMB courses can be used to fulfill elective requirements (depending on the student's interests and background), the following courses are likely to be of particular relevance. Students will receive guidance from Cancer Biology leadership and faculty when choosing electives.

BIOL 486: Cell division and mitotic spindles
BMB 585: Wistar Institute Cancer Biology Course: Cell Cycle Checkpoints
CAMB 608: Regulation of Eukaryotic Gene Expression
CAMB 610: Molecular Basis of Gene Therapy

Program Committees

Curriculum
Dr. Andy Minn (Chair) - CB Representative to CAMB Curriculum Committee
Dr. Todd Ridky - Director, Cancer Biology and Genetics
Dr. Sandra Ryeom - Director, Tumor Microenvironment
Dr. Luca Busino - Director, The Cell Cycle, Genome Integrity, and Cancer
Dr. Jim Alwine - Director, Cell Control by Signal Transduction Pathways
Dr. Adam Resnick - Director, Cell Control by Signal Transduction Pathways
Zandra Walton - MD/PhD Student
Kelly Rome - PhD Student

Executive
Dr. Craig Bassing, Program Director
Dr. Katy Wellen - Chair, Admissions Committee
Dr. Andy Minn - Chair, Curriculum Committee
Dr. Warren Pear - Pathology Department and T32 Director
Dr. Celeste Simon - Scientific Director, Abramson Family Cancer Research Institute
Dr. Roger Greenberg - Cancer Biology Department and the MD/PhD Program
Dr. Brian Keith - Abramson Cancer Center
Costas Kouomenis - Radiation Oncology Department
Vivek Behera - MD/PhD Student
Frances Xin - PhD Student

Admissions
Dr. Katherine Wellen (Chair) - Cancer Biology Department
Dr. Eric Witze - Cancer Biology Department
Dr. David Feldser - Cancer Biology Department
Dr.Xianxin Hua - Cancer Biology Department

Advising
Dr. Margaret Chou (Chair) - Pathology and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Drl Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko - Pathology and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Dr. Ellen Puré - Chair, Animal Biology Department, Penn Vet School
Dr. Rugang Zhang - Wistar Institute

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