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Cancer Biology Graduate Program

The Cancer Biology Graduate Program was created at Colorado State University as a specialization within the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program. This highly competitive program bridges several departments and colleges across the University and is the first of its kind at a veterinary institution. Applicants for a Masters or Ph.D. degree must apply through the Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Program for training positions in Cancer Biology. A limited number of scholarships have been designated for veterinarians wishing to pursue a Ph.D. in cancer research. A major contribution to didactic and research aspects of the program is provided by faculty members from the Colorado State University Flint Animal Cancer Center, as well as basic and applied scientists with a cancer focus from across the University. This group includes faculty members who share strong interests and a broad expertise in the molecular and clinical aspects of cancer development, prevention and treatment. The basic science and translational research activities of the program are closely linked with the clinical research and clinical trials programs of the Robert H. and Mary G. Flint Animal Cancer Center. The program also enjoys strong links to the University of Colorado Comprehensive Cancer Center in Denver.

A major strength of the Cancer Biology Curriculum is the clinical programs in cancer treatment of pet animals along with several other more basic emphases such as epidemiology, prevention, molecular genetics, and carcinogenesis. The program combines nationally recognized research training focused on cutting edge approaches to cancer diagnosis, treatment and innovative clinical trials in companion animals. The underlying basis of the program is that advancements made in the study of cancer biology are beneficial to animal and humans alike. Students who participate in the Cancer Biology Program complete all of the requirements of the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Program including the three laboratory rotations during their first year. In addition, Cancer Biology students complete credits from a list of elective courses such as cancer biology, cancer genetics, cancer biology clinical practicum, and environmental carcinogenesis.

A broad range of research opportunities in areas such as experimental cancer therapeutics, signal transduction, tumor immunology, bone biology, radiation biology, proteomics and telomere biology exist. This training is expected to culminate in the Ph.D. degree and is designed to prepare candidates for a successful career in biomedical research with a concentration in cancer.

If you are interested in the Cancer Biology DVM/Ph.D. Program visit the Department of Environmental and Radiological Health Sciences for more core related information and use the contact below.

Lori Williams
Cell & Molecular Biology
Colorado State University
348 Molecular & Radiological Biosciences Building
1618 Campus Delivery, Fort Collins, CO 80523-1618
Direct questions to: Dr. Douglas Thamm at (970) 297-4075