The Cancer Biology Training Program at the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus is an interdepartmental program leading to the PhD in Cancer Biology. We are located on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, Colorado, just east of
Denver and in the heart of the beautiful Rocky Mountain region.
The Cancer Biology Program combines training in the basic biomedical sciences with opportunities to apply clinical and translational research to studies on human cancer.
Our highly accomplished training faculty includes over 50 basic and clinical scientists from 13 departments and divisions. Our curriculum is rigorous, yet flexible, and provides opportunities for advanced study in cellular and molecular oncology, as well as the translational medical sciences.
Our research community includes a NIH/NCI designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, which brings together scientists with diverse research approaches to focus on the problem of cancer. The training program in cancer biology is supported by a NIH/NCI T32 training grant that provides funding for pre and post-doctoral trainees.
Goals of the Program
The Cancer Biology Graduate Program provides interdisciplinary training at the cutting edge of cancer research so as to best prepare our students to compete in a biomedical research environment increasingly focused on translational applications of basic research. While the primary focus of the Cancer Biology Graduate Program is basic science and translational research, students will also be exposed to many aspects of clinical science as they relate to the study of cancer, including cancer therapeutics, epidemiology, and prevention. After the initial period of coursework, students choose their specialty fields from a diverse list of mentors and topics. The Program draws on faculty from many different departments within the medical campus and offers a wide range of research opportunities.
Students accepted in the PhD program are provided full tuition, health and dental insurance, and a stipend of $31,000 per year for living expenses (for the academic year 2019-2020). Continued support is contingent upon satisfactory academic and research
performance by the student. When a student enters a thesis lab, the thesis mentor assumes complete responsibility for the student’s stipend, tuition, fees, and associated research costs.