Cancer is a devastating disease. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2015, almost 1.7 million Americans will receive a diagnosis of cancer, and almost 590,000 individuals will succumb to the disease. Clearly we need to learn more about its causes, its treatment, and its prevention.

The Doctoral Program in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan is an interdisciplinary program whose goal is to train the next generation of cancer researchers. We achieve this goal by providing students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills that will allow them to tackle the most pressing problems associated with this disease. Drawing on the talents of faculty mentors who are leading experts in the field, together with the substantial resources of the University and its NCI-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, students pursue dissertation projects at the cutting edge of cancer biology.


December 7, 2016


Please join us for Evelyn Jiagge's Thesis Defense Seminar, "Understanding the biology of TNBC and Breast Cancer stem cells in patients of diverse ethnicities," on Wednesday, Dec. 14 at 12 noon at the NCRC Bldg 10 Research Auditorium.

June 17, 2016

Cancer Biology would like to congratulate and acknowledge the following students on the passing and completion of their prelim exam:

Megan Altemus

Ally Hawkins

Morgan Penny


April 29, 2016

Congratulations to Jill Boden for being awarded the Best Poster Award at the 2016 AAP/ASCI/APSA Joint Meeting! The title of her poster was NELF-mediated RNA Polymerase II Pausing Regulates Human Gene Expression.


September 29, 2017
12:00 pm

Dear Cancer Biology Community,

The 5th Annual Cancer Biology Program Retreat will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 29nd – 30th at the Maumee Bay Lodge/Conference Center near Toledo, Ohio along the shore of Lake Erie. The retreat will tentatively begin on Friday with lunch, followed by faculty, student, postdoc talks, a poster session and dinner. The retreat will conclude on Saturday with breakfast, faculty talks, Dr. Verma’s keynote talk, and lunch. Please mark these date on your calendars.

Further retreat details will be sent to everyone later this summer. 

Anjan Saha (Markovitz Lab) and Donald Little (Hammer Lab)
Retreat Planning Committee