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 Doctoral Program, 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, Cancer Research Doctoral Program 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. Cancer Research Doctoral Program 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. Cancer Research Doctoral Program graduates are highly recruited for postdoctoral work in top laboratories at other universities, government laboratories, and private industry.
Cancer Research Program Scholarships ($200/month, above the stipend [which will be $26,500/year starting in 2017], for a maximum of 2 years) will be available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents with research experience and high GPAs and GRE scores (or MCAT scores, for M.D./Ph.D. students) who commit to joining the Cancer Research Doctoral Program. Receiving the second year of funding will be contingent on making good progress in research and having a UNMC GPA over 3.0 at the end of the first year in the graduate program.
A higher level of Cancer Research Program Scholarships ($300-400/month, above the stipend, for a maximum of 4 years) will also be available for U.S. citizens or permanent residents who commit to joining the Cancer Research Doctoral Program. The scholarships will be given on the basis of exceptionally good research experience, GPA, and GRE scores (or MCAT scores, for M.D./Ph.D. students). Receiving funding in the second through fourth years will be contingent on making good research progress and having a UNMC GPA over 3.0 at the end of the first year in the graduate program. These scholarships would start at $300/month and rise to $400/month upon successful completion of the comprehensive exam.
Research areas of Cancer Research Doctoral Program faculty include:
- Gene expression
- Growth factors, hormones and cellular receptors
- Signal transduction
- Structure of macromolecules
- DNA repair
- Cell cycle regulation
- Cellular senescence
- Cancer genetics
- Cell transformation and metastasis
- Cancer immunology
- Gene therapy
- Drug delivery
Please contact us if we can assist you, or email the Program Director (Dr. Joyce Solheim) at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Fall 2017 application is now open
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