About the Program
The overall goal of the CPRIT Comprehensive Cancer Training Program is to facilitate the training of the next generation of outstanding cancer biology researchers to help ensure a diverse pool of highly trained scientists are available to meet the state's and nation's basic, clinical and translational cancer needs.
The program is open to undergraduate, graduate Ph.D., postdoctoral and clinical fellow trainees.
The program is led by:
Jeffrey M. Rosen, Ph.D., C.C., Bell Professor, Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology and Medicine
C. Kent Osborne, M.D., Director, Dan L Duncan Comprehensive Cancer Center
Jason T. Yustein, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Pediatrics-Oncology
Graduate students will have opportunities to attend lectures on career development as a component of the Baylor Core Curriculum, and postdoctoral fellows will participate in a Baylor Postdoctoral Career Development Course. All trainees will receive appropriate training in the Responsible Conduct of Research, which includes both didactic lectures as well as small group discussion and problem sessions. All trainees will participate in a yearly DLDCCC Symposium with either a poster or oral presentation.
Unique Aspects of the Program
Several unique aspects of this training program are:
- The highly successful Summer Medical and Research Training (SMART) Program, which recruits undergraduates for a nationally recognized summer research program.*
- The Cancer Biology Track within the interdepartmental Integrative Molecular and Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program.
- The interdepartmental Translational Biology and Molecular Medicine Graduate Program, which provides a novel complementary approach to train individuals in translational biology and promote collaborations between clinical and basic science faculty.
- The Medical Research Pathway and an M.D./M.S. dual degree.
- The NIH recognized M.D./Ph.D. Medical Scientist Training Program.
- A Clinical Postdoctoral Training Program in adult and pediatric hematology/oncology, cell and gene therapy, and in breast cancer.
*More information about the SMART Program can be found on the SMART Program website.
Trainees will have the opportunity to take a series of cancer-focused didactic courses including:
- Molecular Carcinogenesis
- Bioinformatic and Genomic Analysis
- Biostatistics for Translational Researchers
Baylor and the Texas Medical Center provide an outstanding training environment because of the proximity of two NCI Cancer Centers, two medical schools, Rice University, and both public and private hospitals.
Baylor is a major center of the NCI-funded The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA), and our trainees will have research opportunities related to the vast data sets generated by that project.