Graduate Program in Cancer Biology (CB)

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The Graduate Program in Cancer Biology is an interdisciplinary program within the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS) in the Laney Graduate School at Emory University. Study within the Cancer Biology Graduate Program leads to the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Degree. At the completion of their training, students will be able to design and conduct hypothesis-driven research using state-of-the-art techniques. Students will be able to critically interpret scientific literature and use effective written and oral communication to present their scientific discoveries. Different approaches are applied to diverse model systems to address how a normal cell becomes a cancer, how a cancer progresses to a metastatic state at the molecular level, and how the understanding of these mechanisms can be exploited for cancer therapy.

Aggregate admissions and enrollment data for the Cancer Biology program is available on the Laney Graduate School's website.

View the Program Guidelines (PDF)


The Graduate Program in Cancer Biology provides outstanding training opportunities in every aspect of cancer research, from basic to translational research. This includes molecular and cellular biology, genetics and epigenetics, signal transduction, genetic engineering, nanotechnologies, and many other disciplines used to understand the development and progression of cancer.

View a list of faculty members and interests


Most faculty belong to the Winship Cancer Institute an NCI designated Cancer Center. Many cancer laboratories are located within the Winship Cancer Institute in an open space that is shared by various laboratories. The close proximity among investigators fosters a highly collaborative environment. Since the Winship Cancer Institute's scientific focus groups, and the GDBBS programs are both interdisciplinary and interdepartmental it allows for collaborations among investigators from various departments and research areas, and gives faculty and students the opportunity to gain knowledge in various areas of biomedical research through the various seminars offered by those programs.

Additional Resources

Cancer Biology Brochure

View the Cancer Biology Program Overview Brochure (PDF)