Priority Admission Application Deadlines: http://www.grad.usf.edu/majors
This major shares core requirements with the Ph.D. in Cancer Chemical Biology; Ph.D. in Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy; and Ph.D. in Integrated Mathematical Oncology.
College: Arts and Sciences
Department: Cell Biology, Microbiology, and Molecular Biology
Contact Information: www.grad.usf.edu
The Cancer Biology Major consists of interdisciplinary training in multiple fields emphasizing the facets which impact cancer. This will prepare students to enter the emerging new technological workforce required to implement biomedical advances that will have a key impact on global health and yield significant societal advantages.
The Major is a joint endeavor between the Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida. Tremendous advances in the detection and treatment of cancer has occurred through basic research and translational medicine, yet cancer continues to adversely affect millions of people worldwide in terms of quality of life, life span, and economic burden. The Moffitt Cancer Center located at the University of South Florida is a leading institution of basic research, clinical research, and patient treatment with a focused mission “to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.” The Moffitt Cancer Center is officially designated as a Comprehensive Cancer Center by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health.
The Cancer Biology Ph.D. Major’s goal is to train the next generation of cancer researchers. Studies of cancer require specific knowledge in multiple fields that have traditionally been independent. Our Cancer Biology Ph.D. Major emulates the Moffitt Cancer Center and eliminates these boundaries. Students receive cancer oriented training in multiple areas include: molecular biology, immunology, functional genomics, bioinformatics, drug discovery & development, cancer genetics, cancer prevention & control, cancer therapeutics, cell biology, biochemistry, and proteomics.
Major Research Areas
genetics, epigenetics, RNA biology, proteomic interrogation of signal transduction pathways, cancer metabolism, tumor microenvironment, cancer imaging techniques, cancer dormancy and metastasis, immunotherapy, cell and molecular biology, signal transduction, functional genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics, and translational cancer therapies
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- Extensive background in field of biology or chemistry
- GRE optional
- Advanced coursework and research experience preferred
All Cancer Biology Ph.D. students in good standing will receive a highly competitive stipend. All students also receive student health insurance coverage and direct payment in full of all required tuition and required fees. Please visit the Program’s website for current stipend levels.