Graduate Program

The Center for Cell Biology and Cancer Research (CCBCR) attracts graduate students from a variety of disciplines but all share a common interest in the study of mechanisms that regulate cell adhesion and motility as well as the tissue remodeling events required for progression of tumor growth and metastasis. Clarification of such basic remodeling processes has broad significance and will further our understanding of other pathological conditions such as arthritis, diabetes, vascular disease, and fibroproliferative disorders.

The Center offers a program leading to either the Doctor of Philosophy or Masters of Science degrees; current enrollment is 13 Ph.D. and 4 M.S. students. The Ph.D. students in the program are supported by a full tuition scholarship, paid health insurance, as well as a living stipend of $25,988 per year. The program curriculum has been designed to minimize didactic coursework and maximize student research experience. The courses offered are literature driven and focused around topical areas consistent with the research interests of the faculty, thus maximizing the integration between the classroom and the laboratory experience.

Faculty, students, and postdoctoral fellows in the Center's training program meet weekly to discuss recent scientific advances, as well as to discuss their current research projects. The high faculty to student ratio provides an excellent environment to maximize faculty-student interactions in both formal and informal settings. Students are invited to meet with the many outside speakers hosted by the Center. These interactions further foster the interdisciplinary mission of the Center and provide a unique opportunity for students to present their research to nationally recognized scientists from other institutions. Students are encouraged to present their research at national meetings, and travel grants for student attendance at meetings are provided by the Center.

Alumni from our graduate program have been recruited into leading research laboratories from our nation's foremost institutions and have secured permanent positions in both academia and industry. The Center has initiated a new informal seminar program on Career Pathways in Science. This program is designed to orient graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows to various careers in science. Invited guests (including former students) are asked to share their experiences and answer any questions the students/fellows may have.