Cancer Biology Concentration
The Advanced Concentration in Cancer Biology is one of eight advanced concentrations leading to the Ph.D. degree under the auspices of the Graduate Program (BMS) in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Florida College of Medicine.
The Cancer Biology Concentration provides training opportunities in cancer research ranging from basic to translational. The program spans many disciplines, including molecular and cell biology, genetics and epigenetics, biochemistry, microbiology, pharmacology, anatomy, pathology, epidemiology, bioinformatics, immunology and many others involved in the understanding of the development, progression, dissemination and treatment of cancer.
The Goal of the Cancer Biology Concentration is to utilize molecular, cellular, biochemical, and host experimental approaches develop new knowledge that will enhance our understanding of cancer that will translate into improved detection, prevention and treatment of this disease.
The Mission of the Cancer Biology Concentration is to train the next generation of cancer biologists to make significant contributions to basic and translational research in cancer prevention and diagnosis, cancer epidemiology, novel therapy discovery, and cancer treatment.
Students in the will have opportunities to work with outstanding cancer investigators in state of the art facilities. Through combinations of courses, seminars, small group discussions, and an interdisciplinary approach to research, the program allows students to gain a unique understanding of cancer and to build a firm foundation upon which they can build careers in academia, government, and biotech and pharmaceutical industry.
Meet Dietmar Siemann, Ph.D., associate director for education and training at the UF Health Cancer Center, and Patrick Kellish, Ph.D. student:
Areas of Research
- Cancer genetics
- Molecular and cell biology
- Cell signaling
- Cancer immunology
- Tumor microenvironment
- Stem cells
- Gene therapy
- Therapy resistance
- Molecular targeting
- Drug development
- Radiation biology
- Cancer diagnostics
Meet Duane Mitchell, M.D., Ph.D., co-director of the Preston A. Wells Jr. Center for Brain Tumor Therapy and director of the UF Brain Tumor Immunotherapy Program:
Program of Study
Total = 9 credit hours
Total = 9 credit hours
Students are expected to attend the UF Health Cancer Center weekly seminar series
Total = 6 credits
|Requirements After the First Year
(Examples of Cancer Biology Concentration advanced course electives are listed below):
- GMS 6064 (1): Tumor Biology
- GMS 6053 (1): Cancer Biology and Therapeutics
- BCH 7412 (1): Epigenetics in Human Disease and Development
- BCH 7410 (1): Advanced Gene Regulation
- GMS 6644 (1): Apoptosis
- GMS 6335 (1): Advanced Stem Cell Biology
- GMS 6338 (1): Recent Advances in Cancer Metastasis
- GMS 6232 (1): Advanced Applications of Bioinformatics
- GMS 6818 (2): Design and Conduct of Clinical Trials
- GMS 5905 (1): Special Topics in Biomedical Sciences (Immunology and Cancer)
The Faculty and Their Research
The Cancer Biology Concentration includes participating faculty from both basic science and clinical departments of the University of Florida. For a list of faculty members in the Cancer Biology advanced program, please click here.
Maria Zajac-Kaye, Ph.D
Coordinator, Cancer Biology Advanced Concentration
Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology – University of Florida College of Medicine
Phone: (352) 273-9153 | E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org