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Ph.D. Program Overview

The Moffitt Cancer Center and the University of South Florida are proud to offer a unique and interdisciplinary in Cancer Biology.

Our mission is to train the next generation of cancer researchers.

The Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program is affiliated with the Department of Cell Biology, Microbiology and Molecular Biology. Click the CMMB link for information on other graduate degrees available through this sister program.

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Course Requirements

All students are required to successfully complete the Cancer Biology Program Core Courses. In addition students will be expected to take one approved elective course, according to their interest. Dissertation Committees may also require students to take additional course work if needed to correct deficiencies. In special circumstances the Cancer Biology Education Committee can waive course requirements, if the student has recently completed identical coursework elsewhere.

Required Cancer Biology Courses

Prefix Title
PCB 6230 Cancer Biology I - Basics of Molecular Oncology
PCB 6205 Cancer Biology III - Cancer Genomics and Drug Discovery
PCB 6231 Cancer Biology II - Cancer Immunology
PCB 6526 Cancer Biology IV - Cancer Genetics
BSC 6457 Cancer Research Techniques
PCB 6932 Bioethics for Cancer Researchers
PCB 6930 Current Topics in Oncology
PCB 6931 Advances in Cancer Biology
PCB 6910 Cancer Biology Laboratory Rotations
BSC 7911 Directed Research
BSC 7980 Thesis Research

Lab Rotations

During the first year, students will be required to complete two or three laboratory rotations according to their interest. Laboratory rotations may be for a full semester or 10 weeks for students that choose to do three rotations. Students doing rotations will need to enroll in the laboratory rotation course. If a student has not chosen a major professor after two semesters, they may enroll in an additional summer rotation. Rotations have several purposes. The foremost is to help the students choose a compatible major professor and an exciting research project. A second purpose is for students to develop necessary technical skills. Students will be evaluated by the host professor and the Graduate Advisor will assign a grade to each student at the end of the semester.