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:

Fall Year 1 Spring Year 1 Summer Year 1 Fall Year 2 Spring Year 2 Summer Year 2

BIOM 600
CAMB 605
CAMB 512
Lab Rotation 1

BIOM 555
BIOM 611
CAMB 512
Lab Rotations 2/3
Pre-Dissertation work
or 4th Rotation

CAMB 530/CAMB 704/CAMB 701
Pre-dissertation work
(Over this year students will take 2 out of the 4 CB classes listed and other electives.)

Pre-dissertation work
Thesis lab


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

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Program Courses

CAMB 512: Cancer Biology and Genetics
CAMB 530: The Cell Cycle, Genome Integrity and Cancer
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
CAMB 697: Biology of Stem Cells

Program Committees

Dr. Kathryn Wellen - CB Representative to CAMB Curriculum Committee
Sierra McDonald - CB Student Representative to CAMB Curriculum Committee

Dr. Sandra Ryeom, Program Chair
Dr. Eric Witze, Program Vice Chair
Dr. Xiaolu Yang, Chair, Admisions Committee
Dr. Katy Wellen - Curriculum Committee
Dr. Margaret Chou - Chair, Advising Committee
Dr. Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko, Chair, Prelim Advising Committee

Dr. Xiaolu Yang (Chair)
Dr. Eric Witze

Dr. Margaret Chou (Chair)
Dr. Lewis Chodosh
Dr. Maureen Murphy

Prelim Advising Committee
Dr. Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko (Chair)
Dr. Donita Brady
Dr. Martin Carroll
Dr. Malay Haldar
Dr. Vikram Paralkar
Dr. Celeste Simon

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