A Student and Instructor examining a research poster during van liere day.

The Graduate Program in Cancer Cell Biology offers interdisciplinary biomedical research training leading to the Ph.D. and M.D./Ph.D. degrees. Research is focused on the molecular basis of cancer etiology, progression, and translational applications.

Main areas of research emphasis are:

  • Breast, lung and heme malignancies
  • Mechanisms of epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) and metastasis
  • Tumor microenvironment addresses the mechanisms by which tumor cells interact with other cells in the stroma to promote tumor survival, angiogenesis, and inflammation.
  • Therapeutics addresses the mechanisms by which novel cancer therapeutic compounds block tumor cell growth and metastasis, as well as strategies for the translational development and delivery of conventional chemotherapeutics and targeted small molecule compounds.

Learn more about Graduate and Research Education at West Virginia University

CABTRAC Cancer Biology Training Consortium

We are one of 50 institutions recognized by the national Cancer Biology Training Consortium(CABTRAC).