Cancer Biology Track

Cancer Biology Curriculum

All Biomedical Sciences students enroll in a core curriculum during year 1 that is designed to provide a foundation of knowledge for cutting edge research. The core curriculum is a mixture of didactic, small group discussion, laboratory courses, and laboratory rotations. The topics begin with simple biological molecules and progress to a comprehensive discussion of systems pathophysiology. Several cancer-related courses are available to advanced students following completion of the core curriculum.

YEAR 1 - Ph.D. Students

FALL SEMESTER all are required DIRECTOR CREDITS
Current Problems and Research Approaches in...    
    Protein Structure and Catalysis - BMSP 6330/8330 Dignam/Modyanov 2.5
    Genes and Genomes - BMSP 6350/8350 Trumbly 2.5
    Biomembranes - BMSP 6360/8360 Margiotta 3
Methods in Biomedical Sciences - BMSP 6380/8380 Smas 3
On Being a Scientist - INDI 6020/8020 Ruch 1
Introduction to Biomedical Research (no course #) Ruch 0
Mentored Research (one 8 week lab rotation) - BMSP 6390/8390 Ruch 3
TOTAL                                                                                                                     15
     
SPRING SEMESTER all are required    
CPRA in Cell Biology and Signaling - BMSP 6340/8340 Sanchez
Systems Pathophysiology I - BMSP 6310/8310 Ruch 2.5 
Systems Pathophysiology II - BMSP 6320/8320 Lecka-Czernik 2.5 
Readings in Cancer Biology - CABP 6560/8560* de la Serna/Yeung
Mentored Research (two 8 week lab rotations) - BMSP 6390/8390 Ruch
TOTAL   15
     
SUMMER SEMESTER    
Statistical Methods - PUBH 5320/7320 required  Khuder
Practical Bioinformatics - BIPG 5110/7110 required Trumbly
Independent Study in Cancer Biology - BMSP 6890/8890 Faculty 0-7
Research in Cancer Biology - CABP 6730/8730 Faculty 0-7
Other elective course(s) - see course catalog Faculty 0-7
Mentored Research (1 or 2 rotations optional) - BMSP 6390/8390  Ruch 0-7
TOTAL   11 
     
YEAR 2 AND BEYOND     
Advanced Cancer Biology - BMSP 6560/8560 required in year 2 or 3 Ruch 3
Readings in Cancer Biology - CABP 6560/8560 required in year 2 and 3* de la Serna/Yeung 1
Electives, qualifying exam, thesis credit (after successful completion of
the qualifying exam) and thesis project
   
     

YEAR 1 - Masters Students
   
     
FALL SEMESTER (all are required)    
Current Problems and Research Approaches (CPRA) in ...    
   Protein Structure and Catalysi - BMSP 6330/8330 Dignam/Modyanov 2.5 
   Genes and Genomes - BMSP 6350/8350  Trumbly 2.5 
   Biomembranes - BMSP 6360/8360  Margiotta 3
Methods in Biomedical Sciences - BMSP 6380/8380 Smas 3
On Being a Scientist - INDI 6020/8020 Ruch 1
Introduction to Biomedical Research (no course number) Ruch 0
Mentored Research (one 8 week lab rotation) - BMSP 6390/8390 Ruch 1
TOTAL   15 
     
SPRING SEMESTER    
CPRA in Cell Biology and Signaling - BMSP 6340/8340 required Sanchez 3
Readings in Cancer Biology - CABP 6560/8560 required* de la Serna/Yeung 1
   Optional Courses:    
   Independent Study or Research in Cancer Biology (see course catalog) Ruch 0-11
   Systems Pathophysiology I - BMSP 6310/8310 Ruch 2.5
   Systems Pathophysiology II - BMSP 6320/8320 Lecka-Czernik 2.5
   Other elective courses (see course catalog) Faculty 0-11
   Mentored Research (1 or 2 rotations optional) - BMSP 6390/8390 Ruch 3-6
TOTAL   12-15
     
SUMMER SEMESTER    
Statistical Methods - PUBH 5320/7320 required Khuder 3
Practical Bioinformatics - BIPG 5110/7110 required Trumbly 1
Independent Study in Cancer Biology - CABP 6890/8890 Faculty 0-7
Research in Cancer Biology - CABP 6730/8730 Faculty 0-7
Other elective courses (see course catalog) Faculty 0-7
Mentored Research (1 or 2 rotations optional) - BMSP 6390/8390 Ruch 0-7
TOTAL   9-11
     
YEAR 2 AND BEYOND    
Advanced Cancer Biology - CABP 6270/8270 required year 2 OR 3    
Cancer Biology courses, electives, qualifying exam, thesis credit (after successful
completion of the qualifying exam) and thesis project
   

Advanced Courses in the Cancer Biology Track

Advanced Cancer Biology

A comprehensive examination of the cellular and molecular foundation of cancer.  Topics to be covered include: neoplasia; epidemiology and etiology; the role of causative agents such as chemicals, radiation, and viruses; cell proliferation, injury, and death; oncogenes; tumor suppressor genes; and an overview of cancer therapy.

Readings in Cancer Biology

A readings and discussion course that will examine classic and current research publications from within the broad realm of cancer biology.
*Ph.D. candidates are required to take 3 credit hours, Master's students are required to take 1 credit hour.

Independent Study in Cancer Biology
Intensive study in the field of cancer biology including theoretical and experimental work. 

Research in Cancer Biology
Intensive laboratory research work in cancer biology. 



Application

Students interested in Cancer Biology should apply online (http://apply.utoledo.edu/). Students should declare "Cancer Biology" as their track/major choice.  Students will identify a major advisor after completing laboratory rotations during their first year of study. 

For more information about the specific Financial Support programs and their requirements, please take a look at the "Financial Support" section of the Bulletin and Handbook of the Health Science Campus Graduate Student (http://www.utoledo.edu/graduate/hsc/hsc_handbook10/index.html)

 

Last Updated: 6/26/15