Cancer Biology Training Area

The Cancer Biology Training Area provides a unique opportunity for graduate students in the Biomedical Sciences Program to learn from the expertise of a highly collaborative group of world-renowned cancer biologists at UC San Diego, Salk InstituteSanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute and the La Jolla Institute of Allergy and Immunology. Within UC San Diego, faculty participating in the Cancer Biology training area are drawn from diverse departments, including Chemistry & BiochemistryPharmacologyCellular & Molecular MedicinePathologyMedicine and Surgery. The overall goal of the training area is to provide students with a strong foundation in cancer biology, as well as a current perspective on translational and clinical research.

Graduate students in the cancer biology training area will have the opportunity to work with an outstanding group of scientists and physicians who are focused on a wide range of adult and pediatric cancers, including leukemia, brain cancer, breast cancer, pancreatic cancer and colon cancer. Their research spans topics of broad interest such as understanding the basis of cancer initiation, progression and metastasis, angiogenesis, cancer stem cells, in vivo imaging, therapeutic targeting and drug design and delivery. A guiding principle throughout their research is the use of cutting-edge technology and multi-disciplinary approaches to address fundamental questions in cancer biology with an emphasis on translational research. The training area is structured to integrate the scientific and clinical faculty and to provide students exposure to different areas of cancer research. The training area is also closely affiliated with several training initiatives on campus. This includes the Growth Regulation & Oncogenesis Training ProgramCancer Therapeutics Training Program, and Cancer Cell Biology Training Program which complement the training students receive within the cancer biology program.

First Year Required Core Courses


 Elective Courses (to fulfill 15 unit BMS elective requirement)


Course Number

Course Title



 PHAR 234

Careers in Biomedical Sciences



 MED 224

Molecular and Cellular Basis of Disease


BMS Faculty in Cancer Biology

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