Cancer Biology, PhD

Our multidisciplinary curriculum combines the basic mechanisms of cancer biology with the translational aspects of drug discovery. At USciences, you’ll receive hands-on training in our state-of-the-art laboratories from faculty at the cutting edge of research. Upon completion of the program, you’ll be prepared to advance the fight against cancer in an academic, governmental, or industrial career.

What Sets Us Apart?

  1. Our program features an integrated training experience with renowned researchers from both USciences and the Wistar Institute, an international leader in cancer research.
  2. Acquire training in emerging approaches to cancer prevention and therapy.
  3. With our dynamic programs, experienced faculty, and comprehensive curriculum, USciences has a reputation for excellence—and outstanding placement rates for our graduates.
  4. Small class sizes and mentorship allow you to learn from and build valuable relationships with expert faculty.
  5. In the classroom, you will study the latest developments in the understanding of cancer, therapeutic strategies, and therapeutic compounds.
  6. In the lab, you will work side-by-side with faculty members, exploring molecular signaling pathways, tumor targeting, and other aspects of drug discovery.
  7. You will have access to internships, externships, clinical programs, and research opportunities in the heart of the region’s biotechnology and health science industries.



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Ashani Weeraratna, PhD
Ira Brind Associate Professor
Associate Professor and Program Leader, Tumor Microenvironment and Metastasis Program
Member, The Wistar Institute Melanoma Research Center


Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104