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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 DirectorpdfCBTPtrackapproval_000.pdf94.46 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 six CMP Graduate Program seminar courses.
  • One 3 credit statistic course.

In addition, CBTP students take a total of four credits from the following list of accredited courses.  Note that courses used to fulfill Molecular Biosciences requirements cannot be reused to fulfill CBTP requirements.

  • Genomics in Cancer Therapeutics (Course ID: 16:718:603, Dr. Sabaawy, 3 credits).
  • Topics in Molecular Medicine (Course ID: 16:681:681, Dr. Chaudhary, 1 credit).
  • Cancer Genes and Cells minicourse (Dr. Axelrod, 1 credit).
  • Cancer and Clinical Oncology minicourse (Dr. Axelrod, 1 credit).
  • Cancer Cell Metabolism minicourse (Dr. Hampsey, 1 credit).
  • P53 minicourse (Drs. Hu and Feng, 1 credit)

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

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