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Graduate Scholar Program Curriculum

The CPRIT training program includes a recommended curriculum that is designed to provide a strong platform in basic biological or biophysical concepts in year one and flexibility to train in diverse cancer-related disciplines in year two. Two tracks are available: Basic cellular and molecular concepts and applications in cancer biology (Cellular Track); and Oncologic applications of quantitative and biophysical sciences studies (Biophysical Track).

The amount of coursework required is similar to that of current GSBS students and allows sufficient time to perform laboratory research. Flexibility in curriculum requirements is allowed for advanced students or in other circumstances, pending consideration by the CPRIT Graduate Scholar Steering Committee.

SemesterCellular Track Coursework
Fall-Year 1 
 Cell Biology
Select 2Developmental Biology
Experimental Genetics
 Ethical Dimensions of Biomedical Sciences
Spring-Year 1Eukaryotic Gene Expression
Select 2Structure and Function of Biological Macromolecules
Topics in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Summer-Year 1Critical Thinking in Science
Biomedical Statistics
Fall-Year 2Basic Concepts of Tumor Biology
Select 2Cancer Biology
Immunology I
Principles in Therapeutics
Human Protocol Research
Current Topics and Approaches in Epigenetics
Genetics and Human Disease
Spring-Year 2Cancer Cell Signaling
Select 2Molecular Mechanisms of Carcinogenesis
The Biology of Cancer Metastasis
Immunology II and III
Clinical Perspective of Human Disease
Translational Sciences: Bench to Bedside and Back
Integrative Bioinformatics
Stem Cells in Biomedicine
Summer-Year 2CPRIT Seminar course
 
SemesterBiophysical Track Coursework
Fall-Year 1Fundamental Biological Principles of Molecular Imaging & Therapeutics
Select 3-4Metabolic Biochemistry
Mathematics for Medical Physics
Introduction to Biostatistics and Bioinformatics
Introduction to Medical Physics I: Basic Interactions
Radiation Biology
 Ethical Dimensions of Biomedical Sciences
Spring-Year 1Radiation Detection, Instrumentation, and Data Analysis
Select 2-3Introduction to Medical Physics II: Medical Imaging
Mathematical Statistics I
Cell and Systems Physiology
Summer-Year 1Critical Thinking in Science
Introduction to Radiation Protection
Fall-Year 2Anatomy and Physiology for Medical Physicists
Select 2-3Cancer Biology
Cell Biology
Mathematical Probability
Mathematical Statistics II
Principles in Therapeutics
Human Protocol Research
Spring-Year 2Introduction to Medical Physics IV: Nuclear
Medicine
Select 2The Biology of Cancer Metastasis
Survival Analysis
Clinical Perspective of Human Disease
Translational Sciences: Bench to Bedside and Back
Integrative Bioinformatics
Summer-Year 2CPRIT Seminar course
Physics of Positron Emission Tomography

 

Important aspects of the training program include participation in the monthly CPRIT journal club and the CPRIT Annual Symposium.

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