Curriculum

As a Cancer Biology student, you complete advanced coursework in both basic and clinical cancer biology. By including faculty from throughout the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (ISMMS), we ensure that your research is thorough, multidisciplinary, and translational.

Despite the progress made in elucidating mechanisms that underlie human cancer, we are still seeking further understanding of the fundamentals. This curriculum aims to do just that.

First Year - Fall

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
BSR1006  Lab Rotation  4
BSR1013 Biomedical Sciences   
BSR1010 Biostatistics 3
BSR1004 Intro to Journal Club I  1
BSR5004 Meet the Authors  1
BSR1003 Responsible Conduct of Research  1

First Year - Spring

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
BSR1006 Laboratory Rotation  4
BSR1013 Intro to Journal Club II   1

Second Year - Fall

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
BSR8000 Independent Research  9
BSR6202 Advanced Topics-Tumor Bio
BSR4201 Journal Club-Cancer Bio 1
BSR5201 Seminar Series-Oncological Sciences 1
BSR5202 Cancer Bio Work-in-Progress 1

Second Year - Spring

Course NumberCourse TitleCredits
BSR8000 Independent Research  9
BSR6201 Advanced Topics in Cancer Biology
BSR4201 Journal Club-Cancer Bio 1
BSR5201 Seminar Series-Oncological Sciences 1
BSR5202 Cancer Bio Work-in-Progress 1

Program requirements

Our Cancer Biology MTA program requirements include:

  • Completion of Biomedical Sciences I and II, and two courses specific to cancer biology (Advanced Topics in Tumor Biology, Advanced Topics in Cancer Biology), as well as all graduate school curriculum requirements.
  • Completion of at least two rotations, then choosing a mentor who will guide you through the preparation of your dissertation and your thesis defense.
  • Participation in the cancer biology seminar series, which brings leading cancer researchers to ISMMS to present research. You will attend the seminar and meet as a student group with the speakers.
  • Participation in the Cancer Journal Club during all your years of training. The Cancer Journal Club provides a forum for you to present your ongoing work to other CAB students and postdoctoral fellows.

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Get details on key courses you will take in CAB.

Course number: BSR6201
Credits: 1-3 credits
Course director: James J. Manfredi, PhD
Semester: Spring
Meeting times: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

Advanced Topics in Cancer Biology is a three-module course in which you may take one, two, or all three modules for credit. Each module is worth one credit. Modules consist of journal article-based student presentations in areas of basic molecular and cellular biology relevant to cancer. This semester-long course lasts 15 weeks.

Sample topics:

  • Module I: Ubiquitin Signaling in Tumor Cells
  • Module II: Animal Models of Cancer
  • Module III: p53 Pathway in Cancer

Course number: BSR6202
Credits: 1-3 credits
Course director: Matthew O'Connell, PhD
Semester: Fall
Meeting times: Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10-11:30 a.m.

Advanced Topics in Tumor Biology is a three-module course in which you may take one, two, or all three modules for credit. Each module is a credit course consisting of journal article-based student presentations in topics relevant to tumor biology. The focus is on tumorigenesis. This semester-long course lasts 15 weeks.

Course number: BSR4201
Credits: 1 credit
Course director: Matthew O'Connell, PhD
Semester: Fall and Spring
Meeting times: Mondays, 5-6 p.m.

Course number: BSR5201
Credits: 1 credit
Course director: Matthew O'Connell, PhD
Semester: Fall and Spring
Meeting times: Tuesdays, 12-1 p.m.

Course number: BSR5202
Credits: 1 credit
Course director: James J. Manfredi, PhD
Semester: Fall and Spring
Meeting times: Thursdays, 5-6 pm 

In this course, you have the opportunity to present your research at least once during the academic year.

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Application Deadline
December 1, 2015