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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:

Cancer Biology
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 multidisciplinary and integrated training in the basic biological sciences related to cancer research. Associated with this mission is the Committee’s commitment to foster interactions among graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty. The Committee continues to attract, enroll, and train graduate students through its core curriculum and associated seminars, journal clubs, group research meetings, and symposia. The research interests of the Committee faculty are broad and dynamic, offering students a wealth of research opportunities.
Chair: Kay Macleod, PhD, 773-834-8309, kmacleod@uchicago.edu

Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition
The Committee on Molecular Metabolism and Nutrition conducts a cutting-edge research program that offers interdisciplinary doctoral training in the molecular basis of biological processes related to nutritional status, metabolic homeostasis, and human disease. The program, which is supported by an NIH training grant, applies biochemical, clinical, physiological, cell, and molecular biological approaches to the study of metabolism and metabolic diseases, such as diabetes and obesity. The Committee collaborates with the Digestive Disease Research Core Center and Kovler Diabetes Center at the University of Chicago Medicine.
Chair: Christopher Rhodes, PhD, cjrhodes@uchicago.edu

The Committee on Immunology offers a graduate program of study leading to the Ph.D. in Immunology, as well as an undergraduate specialization in Immunology, and courses for medical students. The program provides multidisciplinary training in all aspects of Immunology that includes a core immunology curriculum and several advanced graduate level courses in specialized areas. 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.
Chair: Alexander Chervonsky, MD, PhD, 773-702-1371, achervon@bsd.uchicago.edu

Medical Physics
The Committee on Medical Physics offers a PhD program with emphasis on research that provides preparation for careers in academia, industry, and/or clinical support roles. The Committee also occasionally grants Master of Science degrees. The medical physics program at the University of Chicago is recognized internationally for its research excellence. Many of the investigators are leaders in their respective specialties. Also, because the program is located in the Medical Center of the University, there are strong interactions between the clinical and research staff. Faculty with a primary interest in diagnostic imaging hold appointments in the Department of Radiology, whereas faculty with a primary interest in the physics of radiation therapy hold appointments in the Department of Radiation and Cellular Oncology.
Chair: Samuel Armato III, PhD
Contact: Ruth Magaña, Graduate Program Administrator, 773-834-7769, rmagana@radiology.bsd.uchicago.edu

Molecular Pathogenesis and Molecular Medicine
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. The MPMM faculty come from basic science, translational, genetics, and clinical traditions, providing for the prompt transfer of fundamental discoveries to practical application in the understanding and treatment of such widespread and important diseases as atherosclerosis, asthma, diabetes, Crohn's disease, and autism.
Chair: Steven Meredith, MD, PhD
Contact: biomed@bsd.uchicago.edu

Public Health Sciences
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 program is supported by a core methodological curriculum in population-based research on human health. Students completing the program will be prepared to design and conduct methodological and substantive research on fundamental questions about human health and biomedical science from a population perspective. They will also be prepared to collaborate with colleagues from different disciplines to carry out such research. 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.
PhD Program Director: R. Tamara Konetzka, PhD
Contact: Michele Thompson, Graduate Student Affairs Administrator, 773-834-1836,
Masters Program Director: Diane Lauderdale, PhD
Contact: Michele Thompson, Graduate Student Affairs Administrator, 773-834-1836

Genetics, Genomics, and Systems Biology
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, representing a broad interdisciplinary approach to teaching and research. The program’s strengths include chromosome organization and behavior, gene expression and developmental genetics, population and evolutionary genetics, and genetics of human disease with a focus on genetic alterations in cancer.
Chair: Richard R. Hudson, PhD, 773-834-2978, rr-hudson@uchicago.edu
Contact: Sue Levison, Graduate Program Administrator, 773-702-2464,

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