Targets of Cancer Training Program

Opportunities are available for graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to obtain rigorous laboratory-based training in the biology of cancer at the Masonic Cancer Center. An NCI-awarded Cancer Biology Training Grant provides financial support and a specialized program of training that will allow students and fellows to establish themselves as independent investigators who will pursue research into the etiology and treatment of cancer.

Research opportunities in the laboratories of 36 preceptors at the Masonic Cancer Center cover the broad areas of cell metastasis/angiogenesis, immunology and cancer, cancer genetics/etiology, and cancer therapy. Research is conducted in state-of-the-art laboratory facilities, including the Masonic Cancer Research Building (MCRB), Nils Hasselmo Hall,  Molecular and Cellular Biology Building, and the Winston and Maxine Wallin Medical Biosciences Building and Cancer and Cardiovascular Research Building in the Biomedical Discovery District.

Trainees also have access to the numerous core facilities provided by the Masonic Cancer Center. The Cancer Biology Research Club meets monthly so that trainees can obtain advice and feedback on their research, learn more about the research ongoing in other laboratories, and to gain experience with presentations. Trainees also participate in the weekly Cancer Biology Journal Club organized by the Cancer Biology Track of the MICaB graduate program.

All trainees supported by the Cancer Biology Training Grant must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


  • The Cancer Biology Research Club meets monthly, 12-1 p.m., on the second Wednesday of the month as part of the Cancer Biology Journal Club. Please check the schedule.
  • The Cancer Biology Journal Club meets weekly, 12-1 p.m.. Please check the schedule.
  • The Cancer Center Seminar Series is held every Tuesday at at 9 a.m. in 1-125 CCRB. Please check the schedule.

Research Roundtable

Informal chalk talks presented by training grant fellows take place the third Friday of each month in room 3-124, CCRB. These roundtable discussions are designed to develop trainees' presentation skills in a smaller setting, with feedback from their peers and faculty preceptors. Please check the schedule.