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Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, claiming nearly 575,000 lives a year. Those deaths are the result of over 200 types of cancer, some of which remain only partially understood. But thanks to research, this gap between what we do and do not understand about cancer is shrinking.

We continue to take significant strides in how we treat cancer, and Drexel University College of Medicine is proud to contribute to that advancement by educating future researchers through our Cancer Biology (CBIO) program.

The Cancer Biology program is one of the most unusual programs in the country, as it offers students ability to work alongside 35 top cancer researchers in the Philadelphia area, including scientists from top cancer institutions including Drexel University, The Wistar Institute, Fox Chase Cancer Center and Lankenau Institute for Medical Research.

Congratulations to the 2019 graduates of Cancer Biology program!

Congratulations to the 2019 graduates of Cancer Biology program: Alison Goupil, Jing Ju, Jacob Parfianowicz and Yesim Mercan!

The program provides a master's degree focused on the fundamentals of cancer from an interdisciplinary perspective, including molecular and cell biology of cancer initiation, metastasis, immunology, treatment and prevention while gaining experience in cutting edge technology. Graduates of the program gain comprehensive knowledge of molecular, cell and cancer biology, as well as expertise in the latest techniques used in cancer biology research.

Is Cancer Biology for Me?

The Cancer Biology program is designed for students who wish to pursue a career in basic and applied cancer research, leading them to investigate the molecules, mechanisms, and pathways involved in the development of this disease.

Students in the program come from many backgrounds including:

  • New college graduates
  • Recent college graduates interested in career changes
  • Laboratory technicians
  • Industrial and biotechnology employees

Graduate Placement

Graduating Division of Biomedical Science Programs students (27 PhD, 5 MD/PhD, 11 MS) accepted teaching, industrial, residency and postdoctoral positions at:

  • Absorption Systems
  • Arbutus Biopharma
  • Brown University
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Genisphere, LLC
  • John Hopkins University
  • John Wayne Cancer Center (Santa Monica, CA)
  • Lankenau Institute for Medical Research
  • Massachusetts General Hospital
  • Princeton University
  • Public Health Research Institute (Rutgers)
  • The Scripps Institute
  • The Wistar Institute
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Weill-Cornell Medical Center

In the Media

"Teaming Up to Fight Brain Tumors"
College of Medicine Alumni Magazine (Fall/Winter 2016)