Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program

Welcome to the Cancer Biology Graduate Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Arizona. Students in this program may choose areas of special concentration such as biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, pharmacology or microbiology. Cancer Biology is the comparative study of the biology of normal and cancerous cells and tissues. The discipline includes the study of normal and tumor cell biology and biochemistry, cancer etiology, and biological rationale for cancer therapy and prevention. First year students are supported by the program. In subsequent years, students are supported through funds provided by their major professors, training granst or fellowships. An MS degree is not offered in this program.

Graduate students in the Cancer Biology program will:

1. Be able to think critically and think independently.

2. Be able to define key questions in cancer biology that require investigation.

3. Learn to communicate effectively in both the written and oral forms.

4. Develop an awareness of and skill in current and modern technologies.

5. Develop a comprehensive awareness of treatment and management modalities for cancer.

6. Acquire the professional skills necessary for a career in academia or industry.

Watch the four-minute video below to learn more about the program from faculty and students.

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Basic requirements for application for admission:

The Department recruits students through the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences (ABBS)  program, which Integrates recruiting and admissions for five PhD programs in biological and biomedical sciences. Students are admitted to the ABBS with no formal commitment to a particular PhD program. Students peform three laboratory rotations with  faculty associated in any of the programs. This provides unusual flexibility for students to explore various areas of study.  At the end of rotations, students will matriculate into one of the participating five graduate programs based upon their interests and the laboratory that they enter.  

Visit the ABBS website for more information and application instructions. 

The ABBS web link is:

The application deadline is Dec. 1 for Fall admissions.

More information:

Contact Anne Cione, Program Coordinator, Sr., at for information about the Cancer Biology program or application process.