Cancer research graduate program

Despite impressive progress during the past 30 years, cancer remains one of the most complex and challenging problems of biomedical research. For this reason, cancer research is a key area of research at UNMC. The Cancer Research Graduate Program (CRGP), offered through the Eppley Institute for Research in Cancer and Allied Diseases, is the cornerstone of a National Cancer Institute supported Cancer Biology Training Program at UNMC.

The doctoral program includes faculty from the Eppley Institute and other basic and clinical departments within UNMC. Graduates of the program receive a Ph.D. degree in Cancer Research.

Cancer researchers at UNMC are engaged in work that addresses the root causes of cancer, as well as the means of enhancing the detection and treatment of cancer. This research employs a wide range of animal and cellular model systems, includes both basic and translational research, and focuses heavily on the molecular basis of cancer. As a result, CRGP students receive broad-based training in all aspects of cancer biology and employ cutting-edge experimental approaches in their research.

Supported in part by a training grant from the National Cancer Institute, this innovative program trains future scientists to approach cancer research knowledgably and creatively and to enter careers in which they can make a significant contribution. CRGP students work in state-of-the-art laboratories and participate in important cancer research with nationally and internationally renowned scientists while pursuing a Ph.D. in Cancer Research. CRGP graduates are highly recruited for postdoctoral work in top laboratories at other universities, government laboratories, and private industry.

Research areas of CRGP faculty include: 

  • Gene expression
  • Growth factors, hormones and cellular receptors
  • Signal transduction
  • Structure of macromolecules
  • DNA repair
  • Apoptosis
  • Cell cycle regulation
  • Cellular senescence
  • Cancer genetics
  • Cell transformation and metastasis
  • Cancer immunology
  • Gene therapy
  • Drug delivery

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