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The Molecular Carcinogenesis Ph.D. degree requires a breadth of knowledge in biomedical sciences with an emphasis on molecular genetics and epigenetics, DNA damage, repair and mutagenesis, cancer biology and stem cells. The curriculum for the Ph.D. program includes the GSBS area course requirements as well as elective and seminar courses. In addition to didactic lecture courses, students are required to participate in journal clubs, student research seminars and advanced topics seminars.

The four GSBS area requirements are fulfilled by the following courses:

  • Systems: Basic Concepts of Tumor Biology (GS04 1083) taught in the Fall semester in alternate years
  • Molecular: Molecular Biology of Cancer (GS04 1113) taught in the Spring semester in alternate years
  • Cellular: Introduction to Histology and Pathology (GS12 1134) taught in Fall semester in alternate years
  • Quantitative: Biomedical Statistics (GS01 1014) taught in the Summer semester annually

In addition, the GSBS Ethics requirement is fulfilled by Ethical Dimensions of the Biomedical Sciences (GS21 0051).

Additional Molecular Carcinogenesis program requirements:

1.   Choose at least one elective from the following:

  • Courses taught at Science Park

i.    Molecular Mechanisms and Biotechniques (GS04 1183)

ii.     Principles of Experimental Mouse Pathology (GS12 1442)

  • Courses taught at GSBS and available to Molecular Carcinogenesis program students by 2-way videoconference. Examples of courses that have been videoconferenced:

i.    Developmental Biology (GS04 1073)

ii.     Molecular Biology of Eukaryotic Cells (GS04 1123)

2.   Each semester, Molecular Carcinogenesis program students are required to participate in a weekly journal club as well as a weekly student seminar series in which students present their work in progress.

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