Department: Molecular Biosciences
This Major shares core requirements with the Cancer Biology, Ph.D. ; Cancer Chemical Biology, Ph.D. ; and Cancer Immunology and Immunotherapy, Ph.D.
The Integrated Mathematical Oncology Major consists of focused training in mathematical modeling. Students will also receive interdisciplinary training in the broader field of cancer biology through coursework and immersion in the Moffitt Cancer Center’s research endeavors. Cancer patient and experimental data have been growing at an exponential rate during the last decade and now incorporates a range of biological scales (molecular, cellular, tissue, organ) and diverse techniques (gene expression, histological staining, imaging), however, these data are severely underutilized in current clinical decision processes. Appropriate quantitative models are essential to understand the complex dynamics of the evolving non-linear system that is cancer.
This Major will provide students a unique foundation of knowledge and practical experience in the rapidly advancing arena of mathematical oncology. Students will also train alongside individuals studying other areas of cancer biology, providing a broad base of understanding of cancer and increasing the potential for interdisciplinary research. Graduates of this major will be positioned to enter the technological workforce ready to discover and implement quantitative models and model analysis in experimental and clinical areas that will have a key impact on cancer patient therapy.
The Major is a joint endeavor between the Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida. Moffitt Cancer Center is located on the campus of the University of South Florida and 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.
Major Research Areas
- Develop phenomenological mathematical models of tumor development, growth and invasion as well as treatment response
- Develop data-driven quantitative models to answer specific biological or clinical questions
- Research project work that include development, implementation, analysis and solution of topic-driven mathematical models
Must meet University Admission and English Proficiency requirements as well as requirements for admission to the major, listed below.
- Extensive background in field of mathematics, engineering, physics, or computer science
- GRE optional
- Advanced coursework and research experience preferred
All Integrated Mathematical Oncology 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.