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Cancer Biology

Program Director: Amato Giaccia (Radiation Oncology)

Committee on Cancer Biology: Nicholas Denko (Radiation Oncology), Howard Chang (Dermatology), Jeffrey Axelrod (Pathology), Katrin Chua (Medicine, Endocrinology), Julien Sage (Pediatrics), Alexandro Sweet-Cordero (Pediatrics), Timothy Stearns (Biology, Genetics), Jonathan Pollack (Pathology)

Participating Departments and Faculty:

Biochemistry: Patrick O. Brown (Professor)

Bioengineering: Jennifer Cochran (Assistant Professor)

Biology (School of Humanities and Sciences): William Burkholder (Assistant Professor), Martha Cyert (Professor), Guowei Fang (Assistant Professor), Judith Frydman (Associate Professor), Or Gozani (Assistant Professor), Ashby Morrison (Assistant Professor), W. James Nelson (Professor), Virginia Walbot (Professor), Tim Stearns (Professor)

Chemical And Systems Biology: James K. Chen (Assistant Professor), Karlene Cimprich (Associate Professor), James E. Ferrell (Professor), Mary Teruel (Assistant Professor)

Dermatology: Howard Y. Chang (Associate Professor), Paul A. Khavari (Professor), M. Peter Marinkovich (Associate Professor), Anthony Oro (Associate Professor)

Developmental Biology: Roeland Nusse (Professor), Matthew Scott (Professor)

Genetics: Anne Brunet (Assistant Professor), Michele Calos (Professor), Stanley Cohen (Professor), Monte M. Winslow (Assistant Professor)

Medicine/Cardiovascular Medicine: Ching-pin Chang (Assistant Professor)

Medicine/Endocrinology/Geronotology/Metabolism: Katrin Chua (Assistant Professor), Andrew R. Hoffman (Professor)

Medicine/Gastroenterology and Hepatology: Christine Cartwright (Professor), Anson Lowe (Assistant Professor)

Medicine/Hematology: Steven Artandi (Associate Professor), Calvin Kuo (Associate Professor), Ravindra Majeti (Assistant Professor)

Medicine/Oncology: Gilbert Chu (Professor), Dean Felsher (Associate Professor), James Ford (Associate Professor), Ronald Levy (Professor), Beverly S. Mitchell (Professor; Director, Stanford Cancer Institute)

Medicine/Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine: Glenn Rosen (Associate Professor)

Microbiology and Immunology: Helen M. Blau (Professor)

Neurology and Neurological Sciences: Thomas Rando (Professor)

Neurology and Neurosurgery: Yoon-Jae Cho (Assistant Professor)

Neurosurgery: Albert J. Wong (Professor)

Obstetrics and Gynecology: Renee A. Reijo Pera (Professor)

Otolaryngology: John Sunwoo (Assistant Professor)

Pathology: Jeff Axelrod (Associate Professor), Matthew Bogyo (Associate Professor), Michael Cleary (Professor), Gerald Crabtree (Professor), Edgar Engleman (Professor), Andrew Fire (Professor), Isabella Graef (Assistant Professor), Joseph Lipsick (Professor), Bingwei Lu (Assistant Professor), Jonathan Pollack (Associate Professor), Irving Weissman (Professor; Virginia & D.K. Ludwig Professor for Clinical Investigation in Cancer Research, Professor of Developmental Biology), Marius Wernig (Assistant Professor)

Pediatrics/Cancer Biology: Julien Sage (Assistant Professor), Alejandro Sweet-Cordero (Assistant Professor)

Pediatrics/Cardiology: Marlene Rabinovitch (Professor)

Pediatrics/Endocrinology: Brian Feldman (Assistant Professor)

Radiation Oncology/Radiation Biology: Laura Attardi (Associate Professor), J. Martin Brown (Professor), Nicholas Denko (Assistant Professor), Amato Giaccia (Professor; Director, Stanford University Cancer Biology Program)

Radiation Oncology/Radiation Physics: Edward Graves (Assistant Professor)

Radiation Oncology/Radiation Therapy: Susan Knox (Associate Professor), Albert Koong (Assistant Professor), Quynh-Thu Le (Professor), Max Diehn (Assistant Professor)

Radiology/Diagnostic Radiology: Samira Guccione (Assistant Professor, Research), Jianghong Rao (Assistant Professor)

Structural Biology: William Weis (Professor)

Urology: Donna Peehl (Professor, Research), Zijie Sun (Associate Professor)

Program Office: 265 Campus Drive, Suite G2103

Mail Code: 94305-5456

Phone: (650) 723-6198


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Courses offered by the Cancer Biology Program are listed under the subject code CBIO on the Stanford Bulletin's ExploreCourses web site.

The Cancer Biology Program at Stanford University is an interdisciplinary program leading to the Ph.D. degree. During the past three decades, understanding of cancer has increased with the discovery of oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, pathways of DNA damage and repair, chromatin remodeling, cell cycle regulation, angiogenesis and responses to hypoxia, and recent glimpses into the molecular basis of metastasis and cancer stem cell biology. In addition, methods of parallel analysis including gene expression arrays, protein arrays, and tissue arrays have begun to refine and redefine the taxonomy of cancer diagnosis. This explosion of basic and clinical science has resulted in the first successful cancer chemotherapies and immunotherapies based on the knowledge of specific molecular targets. Stanford presents a unique environment to pursue interdisciplinary cancer research because the schools of Medicine, Humanities and Sciences, and Engineering are located on a single campus

The goal of the Cancer Biology Ph.D. program is to provide students with education and training that enables them to make significant contributions to this field. Course work during the first year is designed to provide a broad understanding of the molecular, genetic, cell biological, and pathobiological aspects of cancer. Students also learn about the current state of the epidemiology, clinical diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of human cancers. Equally important during the first year is a series of three rotations in research laboratories chosen by each student. By the beginning of the second year, each student chooses a research adviser and begins work on the dissertation project. A qualifying examination must be completed by the end of the second year. An annual Cancer Biology conference at Asilomar in Pacific Grove California provides students with an opportunity to present their research to one another and to faculty. The expected time to degree is four to five years.

Students are not limited to a single department in choosing their research adviser. The Cancer Biology Ph.D. program currently has approximately 67 graduate students located in basic science and clinical departments throughout the School of Medicine and the School of Humanities and Sciences.

Graduate Programs in Cancer Biology

The program offers a Ph.D. in Cancer Biology.

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