Cancer Biology is a core course in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program. The primary goal of this course is to familiarize the student with the concepts that serve the foundation for our current view of cancer as a genetic disease. Materials will be drawn primarily from the textbook but will be supplemented with readings from current literature to highlight recent develops in the field. Major topics to be covered include: the multistep model of carcinogenesis, the molecular basis of cancer, cancer detection and diagnosis, and cancer therapeutics.
This course utilizes both lectures and discussions focused on seminal findings in the field and classic fundamental research papers in cancer biology. The emphasis is on the development of skills in data analysis and interpretation, proposal writing, and oral presentation. Through this course the student should be familiar with seminal findings and classic fundamental research in cancer biology, as well as, modern approaches and methods used to address timely areas in cancer biology.
Students will learn about the most common types of cancer and the clinical disciplines that are responsible for diagnosing and treating patients with cancer. The course will be focused around a series of lectures by clinicians on common types of cancer. Additionally students will be responsible for arranging a total of 12 hours of clinical experience with the assistance of the MDs teaching the lectures. Finally students will select from a variety of multidisciplinary case discussion conferences (tumor board) in the major clinical subspecialties and attend at least two of those conferences.
This course is intended for students enrolled in a PhD program and will be extensively writing and presenting in their career. This course satisfies the bioethics requirement of NIH funded grants. The class emphasizes the bioethics of writing articles, reviewing manuscripts, grant reviews, scientific presentations, employment, and other ethical dilemma one might face in their career.
This course will give Cancer Biology graduate students and Cancer Biology faculty an opportunity to effectively communicate research findings and journal articles.
University faculty, national and international invited speakers present cancer-related research seminars for this series. Basic and clinical faculty, postdoctoral fellows, graduate students and research staff attend this seminar series.
This course is designed to provide students with the conceptual tools needed to conduct research in experimental biology. Lectures will include discussion of experimental results taken from the literature and evaluation of the experimental design from the literature. Students who complete this class should develop the ability to design experiments, analyze data, interpret results, formulate hypotheses, and interpret and organize research results.
This grant-writing workshop is designed to provide students with the concepts needed to develop a competitive grant application. The primary focus will be on designing and completing an NIH R01 grant although other NIH granting mechanisms will also be discussed. Lectures will include an overview of the overall grant structure, sections for a completed application, the intent of each section, and key information that should be included in the grant. Students will be required to write a specific aims page which will highlight designing a coherent, logical story that is well justified and supported with preliminary data.
Individual research, not related to thesis or dissertation preparation, by graduate students
Research for doctoral dissertation (whether library research, laboratory or field observation or research, artistic creation, or dissertation writing).
This course introduces biostatistical methods and applications, and will cover descriptive statistics, probability theory, and a wide variety of inferential statistical techniques that can be used to make practical conclusions about empirical data. Students will also be learning to use a statistical software package (STATA).