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Cancer Biology Training Program

The interdisciplinary Cancer Biology Training Program (CBTP), offered in conjunction with the Cancer Institute of New Jersey, is a specialized concentration within the CMP Graduate Program.


The curriculum for the CBTP concentration consists of three major components: 1) the first year core course requirements of the Molecular Biosciences Program; 2) an abbreviated set of courses within the CMP Program plus additional CBTP course options (see details below); and 3) mentored research experience in one of the several areas of cancer biology. The curriculum is designed to provide a strong foundation in areas that underlie basic biology of cancer and translational cancer research. These components are designed to impart the core knowledge and skills fundamental to patient-oriented therapeutic cancer research and to develop the interests, skills and experiences of our trainees to commit successfully to their careers as independent cancer researchers. Students interested in the CBTP concentration should contact the This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

An application for the CBTP concentration must be completed and authorized by the Program Director - pdf click here (94 KB) .
Students who choose the CBTP concentration take the courses listed on the PhD curriculum page.

  • Principles of Drug Action and Targeting
  • Two of the seven seminar courses.
  • One relevant three-credit elective chosen from the Rutgers University Graduate School Course Catalogue - New Brunswick.

In addition, CBTP students take two of the four accredited electives listed below.

  • Cancer Molecular Biology(Course ID: 16:681:585, Dr. Axelrod and Program faculty)
  • Topics in Molecular Medicine (Course ID: 16:681:681, Dr. Chaudhary and Program Faculty)
  • Biostatistics in Clinical Trial Design and Management (Course ID: BIOM-0660-001, Dr. Shih)
  • Genomics in Cancer Therapeutics (Course ID: 16:718:603, Dr. Banerjee).

A wide variety of multidisciplinary conferences, seminars and non-accredited courses are also available at the Cancer Institute of New Jersey and affiliated institutions.

  • The CINJ Graduate Student/Fellow Weekly Research Seminar Series
  • The CINJ Distinguished Lecture Series
  • Cancer Center Grand Rounds
  • Annual Scientific Retreat

    Non-accredited courses:
  • Clinical Research Methods (Dr. Sunita Chaudhary and CINJ Faculty)
  • Bioinformatics and Cancer (Course Directors: Rajagopal and Ganesan CINJ)
  • Grant Writing (Dr. Sunita Chaudhary and CINJ Faculty)


Contact Us

Division of Life Sciences Graduate Program Office
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Nelson Lab-604 Allison Rd
Piscataway, NJ 08854
Phone: 848.445.9517
gradoffice@dls.rutgers.edu