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Molecular Oncology & Tumor Immunology PhD Training Program Curriculum

The Molecular Oncology and Tumor Immunology PhD Training Program at NYU Grossman School of Medicine’s Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences is composed of lab work, coursework, and a comprehensive research project. You and your advisor work together to select a research topic of interest.

First Year

During your first year in the Sackler Institute of Graduate Biomedical Sciences open program, you participate in three 12-week lab rotations and take courses. Students in the molecular oncology and tumor immunology program also take the courses below. For more information, view our PhD course catalog.

Cancer Biology Track Courses

Molecular Oncology
Introduction to Immunology
Translating Cancer Discovery into Clinical Practice

Tumor Immunology Track Courses

Molecular Oncology
Introduction to Immunology
Advanced Immunology

Second Year

In the second year of the PhD program, after selecting molecular oncology and tumor immunology as your training program, you continue to take courses and begin conducting research in the laboratory you have selected for your dissertation project.

At the end of your second year, you take a qualifying examination in molecular oncology and tumor immunology and write a proposal for your dissertation project. Your proposal is read by a thesis committee consisting of faculty members of your choosing. You meet with this committee twice a year until your thesis research is complete.

Throughout your tenure in the training program, you are expected to participate in various seminars and workshops:

  • Graduate Student Journal Club
  • Honors Program Lecture Series
  • Immunology Seminar
  • Pathology Seminar
  • Works in Progress Series (a Kerberos ID is required for login), in which students and postdoctoral researchers present their current research and receive feedback from faculty on research direction and presentation style

You are also expected to attend additional presentations in your areas of interest at NYU Langone and other institutions in the New York City metropolitan area.