Cancer Biology

Cancer is a devastating disease. The American Cancer Society estimates that in 2020, more than 1.8 million Americans will receive a diagnosis of cancer, and about 606,520 individuals will succumb to the disease. Clearly we need to learn more about its causes, treatment, and prevention.

The Doctoral Program in Cancer Biology at the University of Michigan is an interdisciplinary program whose goal is to train the next generation of cancer researchers. We achieve this goal by providing students with the knowledge and critical thinking skills that will allow them to tackle the most pressing problems associated with this disease. Drawing on the talents of faculty mentors who are leading experts in the field, together with the substantial resources of the University and its NCI-designated Rogel Cancer Center, students pursue dissertation projects at the cutting edge of cancer biology.


November 7, 2022

Terrance Haanen (Narla Lab) Receives the Eleanor Lewis Award

The award will provide a full year of stipend, candidacy tuition, grad care coverage and funds for research supplies. Dr. Eleanor Lewis’ passionate commitment to civil rights and social justice issues influenced her personal and career decisions for her entire life. The University of Michigan received generous bequests from Ms. Lewis’ estate;

September 29, 2022

Daniel Salas-Escabillas (Crawford Lab) Awarded F31 Grant

Congratulations to PhD student, Daniel Salas-Escabillas , who was awarded an F31 award, which supports promising doctoral candidates who will perform dissertation research and training for a PhD degree in a scientific health-related field. The Fellowship will cover his stipend, tuition, and healthcare for multiple years! Congrats on this