Graduate Education

The University of Chicago Biological Sciences Division allows promising scientists to build the base of knowledge needed to pursue a career in cancer studies with the following seven graduate education programs.

UChicago Breast Cancer Disparities Training Program

Contact: Michelle Domecki, 773-702-9699,
The University of Chicago Breast Cancer Disparities Training Program offers master’s and PhD students training for careers in fields working to understand and end breast cancer disparities. Funded by a Graduate Training in Disparities Research grant from Susan G. Komen, students selected for support will gain complementary experience and perspective focused on the clinical, community and policy issues around breast cancer disparities.

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Cancer Biology

Chair: Kay Macleod, PhD, 773-834-8309,
The Committee on Cancer Biology offers an interdisciplinary program of studies leading to either a PhD degree in Cancer Biology or postdoctoral training in preparation for research and teaching in this field. The overall objective of the CCB and its training program is to provide graduate students with multidisciplinary and integrated training in the basic biological sciences related to cancer research.

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Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition

Chair: Christopher Rhodes, PhD,
The Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition is a dynamic and interactive research unit of the University of Chicago, offering interdisciplinary doctoral training in the molecular basis of biological processes as they relate to metabolic homeostasis, nutritional status and human disease. The Committee collaborates with the Digestive Disease Research Core Center and Kovler Diabetes Center.

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Chair: Alexander Chervonsky, MD, PhD, 773-702-1371,
The Committee on Immunology offers a graduate program of study leading to the PhD in Immunology, as well as an undergraduate specialization in Immunology, and courses for medical students. The training also integrates the basic biological sciences with the clinical sciences in an effort to develop new immunological approaches to the diagnosis and treatment of various immune diseases and cancer.

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Medical Physics

Chair: Samuel Armato III, PhD
Contact: Ruth Magaña, Graduate Program Administrator, 773-834-7769,
The Committee on Medical Physics offers a program to provide aspiring medical physicists with the knowledge that they will need in their future profession. The program leads mainly to the Doctor of Philosophy degree with emphasis on research that provides preparation for careers in academia, industry, and/or clinical support roles. Occasionally, the program grants Master of Science degrees.

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Molecular Pathogenesis and Molecular Medicine

Chair: Steven Meredith, MD, PhD,
The Department of Pathology’s Molecular Pathogenesis and Molecular Medicine Graduate Program (MPMM) offers a program of advanced study and research in experimental pathobiology, broadly defined but with particular emphasis in immunobiology, molecular oncology, vascular pathophysiology, and gut epithelial biology. The Committee encourages scholarship and achievement; offering flexibility in the program to permit each student to pursue the most effective course of study and research.

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Public Health Sciences

PhD Program Director: R. Tamara Konetzka, PhD
Masters Program Director: Diane Lauderdale, PhD
Contact: Michele Thompson, Graduate Student Affairs Administrator, 773-834-1836,
The PhD program in the Department of Public Health Sciences at the University of Chicago offers advanced courses of study in biostatistics, epidemiology, and health services research, foundational fields in Public Health. The Department also offers a masters program for clinical professionals (MSCP) designed for the professional enhancement of individuals who already have doctoral-level experience in medicine and related clinical disciplines.

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Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology

Chair: Richard R. Hudson, PhD, 773-834-2978,
Contact: Sue Levison, Graduate Program Administrator, 773-702-2464,
A PhD program in genetics is offered by the Committee on Genetics, Genomics, & Systems Biology. The Committee offers training in sophisticated modern genetic analysis combined with genetic-based strategies for formulating and addressing scientific questions in the context of physiological, developmental, and evolutionary systems. The program is supported by an NIH training grant and consists of faculty from 17 different departments.

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