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.


February 21, 2018

The Doctoral Program in Cancer Biology welcomes Dr. Stephen Kron, MD, PhD, with a lunch at Angelo's with trainees: Ben Chandler, Anjan Saha, Lisa Pinatti and Ally Hawkins.

January 15, 2018

Award-winning actor, best-selling author and philanthropist Hill Harper will deliver the keynote address for the 2018 MLK Symposium Lecture. 

October 31, 2017

Aaron Koch successfully defended his dissertation on October 31st!


September 27, 2018 to September 28, 2018
12:00 pm

Graduate Hotel Ann Arbor– 615 E. Huron Street

Dear Cancer Biology Community,

The 6th Annual Cancer Biology Program Retreat will be held on Thursday and Friday, September 27th – 28th at the Graduate Hotel Ann Arbor– 615 E. Huron Street.
The retreat will tentatively begin on Thursday with lunch, followed by faculty, student, postdoc talks, a poster session and dinner.
The retreat will conclude on Friday with breakfast, faculty talks, Dr. Ross’ keynote talk, and lunch. 
Please mark these date on your calendars.

We are pleased to announce that Dr. Theodora Ross will be our keynote speaker.

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

-          Barb Nelson (Lyssiotis Lab),  Sam Kerk, Steve Kregel, PhD (Chinnaiyan Lab)
2018 Retreat Planning Committee