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Cancer Biology and Genetics

The Cancer Biology and Genetics (CBGN) cluster offers educational and research opportunities in the areas of cancer and the genetic and molecular basis of human disease within the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University (LKSOM). The CBGN cluster provides PhD, MD/PhD and MS students the opportunity to work with faculty from the Fels Research Institute at the School of Medicine and the Fox Chase Cancer Center (FCCC), as well as basic science and clinical departments at LKSOM. The membership of FCCC faculty in the CBGN cluster affords students the opportunity to undertake their research in FCCC laboratories. Students have their choice of numerous research laboratories at both LKSOM and FCCC to provide training in Cancer Biology, including mechanisms of transformation and tumorigenesis, signal transduction, the cell cycle and DNA repair using novel model systems and other cutting edge techniques. Other investigators studying the genetics and epigenetics of normal and diseased states use state-of-the-art genomic and epigenomic techniques and analyses. In addition to mechanistic studies, CBGN investigators are developing novel therapeutics for both the treatment and prevention of cancer and other diseases. Moreover, other CBGN members specialize in Cancer Prevention and Control and Cancer Immunology.

The CBGN cluster curriculum offers two advanced courses—Cancer Biology, and Genetics and Epigenetics. These courses build upon the concepts students learn in the biomedical science core curriculum. Moreover, this cluster also runs a vigorous Seminar Program with participation of students, faculty, postdoctoral fellows and invited speakers from the scientific community. The educational offerings together with the research opportunities within this cluster will allow interested students to gain the knowledge and research skills to position themselves at the forefront of tomorrow’s efforts to eradicate cancer.


*Indicates Fox Chase Cancer Center faculty