Cancer Research

Cancer Research Training Program
Qualification Criteria

Qualified pre-doctoral trainees are chosen from among students who are either entering, or have entered, the University of Virginia graduate program in Biomedical Sciences

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relay for LifeThe Predoctoral Cancer Training Program is designed to provide students with a strong foundation in cancer research. Our objective is to supplement the comprehensive educational goals of the doctoral programs in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Virginia with specific cancer-oriented research and training activities.

Students can pursue research in one of the many facets of cancer biology, use modern tools and state of the art techniques, and be exposed to translational research through our Cancer Center and clinical faculty mentors. Our goal through this training program is to provide young basic scientists with an understanding of physical, clinical, and psychosocial issues related to cancer.

For the past 35 years, this program has prepared selected individuals for careers in basis research and teaching relevant to cancer biology. It is supported by NIC training grant T32 CA 009109.

Course Work

relay for LifeStudents in the Cancer Training Program take the Core Course in Integrated Biology (BIMS 6000) during the first semester, and then work with their mentor and graduate advisor to develop an individualized program of study consisting of several 6-week modules.  Required modules include:

  •  MICR 8040 – Fundamentals in Cancer Biology
  •  MICR 8044 – Cancer Signaling and Therapeutics
  •  MICR 8042 – Advanced Topics in Cancer

It is recommended that students also take at least one additional module from the following list:

  • BIOC 8012 –  Chromatin I
  • BIOC 8014 –  Chromatin II
  • PATH 8300 – Tumors and the Immune System

Coincident with formal coursework, students are given the opportunity to develop oral presentation skills by participating in colloquia, journal clubs, and research-in-progress meetings. This training is supplemented with various departmental and cancer research seminar series.

Basics, Research, and Selection Process
Contact Information

For additional information about the Cancer Training Program, please contact Dr. Amy H. Bouton

Amy H. Bouton, Ph.D.
Director of Molecular Biology of Cancer Training Program
Principal Investigator of Grant NIH NCI T32 CA 009109
Professor of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology
University of Virginia, School of Medicine
P.O. Box 800734
Charlottesville, VA 22908
Tel: 434-924-2513