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Graduate and Post-Graduate Programs

Currently, 40 pre-doctoral students and 43 postdoctoral fellows are being trained in this department. 

CANCER BIOLOGY PROGRAM
The Cancer Biology Program (CBP) is the largest program (in terms of student size) of the 13 Ph.D. training programs of MD Anderson and the GSBS/UTHSC. Currently, the CBP has 80 tenured/non-tenure track faculty and 81 students. Thirteen CBP faculty (16%) and 34 CBP students (42%) are affiliated with the MCO Department, which is also one of the two anchoring departments of the CBP . In 2010, the Cancer Biology Program, which Dr. Dihua Yu directed for six years, was ranked second among 123 programs in the Cell and Developmental Biology category by the National Research Council, surpassed only by MIT.

The current administrative structure of the CBP is made up of two Program Co-Directors, Dr. Paul Chiao and Dr. Xin Lin, and an eleven (11) member Executive Committee.  Among the eleven (11) committee members, five (5) members are affiliated with the MCO Department, including its Chair, Dr. Xin Lin. Additionally, since September 2011, the CBP employed a part-time Program Coordinator, Ms. Jessie Barber, whose position is within the MCO Department.

CBP offers a graduate program of study and research leading to the Ph.D. degree from the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. The CBP provides training in all aspects of cancer biology, including tumor/host interactions, metastasis and invasion, tumor cell biology and biochemistry, tumor heterogeneity, cell surfaces, cancer genetics, retroviruses, regulation, and development. In addition to the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary training approaches taught through formal courses,  laboratory  research  experience  and  exposure  to  clinical  problems,  the  CBP  offers diverse  educational  activities  and  services  to  students,  which include  an  annual  CBP  Scientific Retreat, Student Seminars Series, barbecue cookouts, New Student Orientation/Welcome Party, and opportunities to attend scientific conferences both nationally and locally.  

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