The graduate program for the Department of Cancer Biology and Genetics has merged with the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program (BSGP).

Our goal within the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program is to provide predoctoral trainees with a curriculum that maintains high standards for intellectual rigor and creativity, and access to research opportunities that cross traditional disciplinary barriers. The program is supported by a grant from the National Institute of General Medical Sciences at the National Institutes of Health to provide training in systems and integrative biology.

Our courses are aligned with the BSGP emphasis in Cancer Biology. Explore more about this emphasis.


CBG 4998: CBG Undergraduate Research

Individual minor investigation in the field of virology, immunology, microbial pathogenesis or cancer genetics

  • Variable Credits, 1-10 repeatable up to 5 times or 15 credits.
  • Instructors: All faculty
  • Offered all terms

CBG 5700: Introduction to Personalized Therapeutics and Pharmacogenomics

Exploration of the trend to therapy tailored to the individual patient rather than “one drug fits all;” inter-individual differences in drug responses, with emphasis on genetic and genomic factors; ethical, regulatory and economic issues that impact drug therapies

CBG 5745 Cell Signaling and Cancer Biology

The objective of this course will be to provide an overview of signaling pathways activated intrinsically or extrinsically by signals from other cells in their microenvironment, and to address the role of these pathways in the regulation of basic biological functions and the overall biology of normal and cancer cells. Another objective will be to provide an overview of how the structural consequences of post-translational modifications and allosteric interactions affect protein function and signal transduction and to address the implications of these findings in drug design. A final objective will be to provide an overview of how these findings can be synthesized for the rational design of cancer treatment.

CBG 6930: Individual Studies

Individual minor investigation in the field of virology, immunology, microbial pathogenesis or cancer genetics

  • 3 Credits
  • Instructors: All faculty
  • Offered all terms

CBG 7931: Scientific Communication and Research Presentation Skills

Student and post-doctoral presentations of research

CBG 7932: Cancer Biology and Genetics Student Seminar

This course is an intensive seminar series dedicated to fostering the professional skills of future cancer biologists and geneticists. Emphasizing practical experience in public speaking, critical analysis of scientific literature, and understanding the research landscape in the field, it offers students the opportunity to engage with advanced topics in cancer biology and genetics through a series of interactive discussions and presentations. Students will reflect on both current research and future trends.

  • 1 Credit
  • Instructor: TBD
  • Offered Spring 2025

CBG 8080: Current Topics in Cancer Biology and Cancer Genetics

This advanced course delves into the latest in cancer biology, genetics, and biotechnology. Topics include molecular mechanisms of cancer, DNA repair, cell regulation, and the roles of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. Some semesters focus on emerging biotechnologies like gene editing, genomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, crucial for understanding cancer complexity and developing high-throughput technologies and big data analytics.

  • 3 Credits
  • Instructors: TBD
  • Occasionally offered

CBG 8270: Biochemical Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis

Overview of fundamental mechanisms leading to cancer. Review of current and classic literature.

CBG 8999: Research in Cancer Biology and Genetics

Research for thesis or dissertation purposes only

  • Variable credits 1-18 repeatable up to 18 times or 18 credits
  • Instructors: All faculty
  • Offered all terms

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