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UNC-Chapel Hill offers a specialized predoctoral training program in cancer cell biology. This unique program combines formal training in molecular/cellular oncogenesis and the pathobiology of cancer, with the opportunity to work in one of 42 state-of-the-art cancer research laboratories.

The training faculty are an accomplished, well-funded and highly interactive group whose interests extend from basic molecular and cellular biology to translational research, and whose experimental systems range from yeast to humans. Overlapping areas of emphasis include signal transduction, cell cycle control, DNA replication, mutagenesis, repair and recombination, molecular carcinogenesis, cancer genetics and progression, and the development of animal models of tumorigenesis.

The faculty are all members of the UNC Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and are drawn from a variety of academic departments including Biochemistry and Biophysics, Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, Microbiology and Immunology, Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Pharmacology, and Radiation Oncology.

The training plan is multifaceted and includes laboratory rotations, didactic courses, seminar tutorials, outstanding extramural seminar programs, and other activities designed to enhance academic development and encourage esprit de corps amongst the trainee group. The program is complemented by the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center’s well-established and highly successful postdoctoral training program.

Program Leadership

  • Program Director: Adrienne D. Cox, PhD, Professor of Radiation Oncology and Pharmacology
  • Assistant Director: William Y. Kim, MD, Professor, Rush S. Dickson Professor, Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Professor of Genetics

For more information about the training program, visit the Cancer Cell Biology Training Program website.