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  • >> [Background Music] They have a cancer biology training program that is something

  • that I have dreamed of the entire time I've been here.

  • And so for us to actually bring it to fruition was absolutely great.

  • And when we interview students, they are so interested in translational research.

  • And cancer biology is a perfect way to bring a student into the study

  • of a serious clinical problem that can be addressed in the laboratory.

  • >> Students apply to our program through the PIBS program,

  • the Program in Biomedical Sciences.

  • Our program is different from the other programs in that we're the only one

  • of the 14 programs that is focused on a disease.

  • And we've designed the program to try to make the types of research

  • that the students would be exposed to more translational in nature.

  • In other words, it's basic research with the goal of really trying to apply those findings

  • in the clinic as quickly as feasible.

  • >> My initial interest in the cancer biology program here at the University

  • of Michigan was primarily in the spirit

  • of collaboration among the different departments coming together to form one common program.

  • There doesn't seem to be any kind of competition between the labs.

  • So everyone is willing to help and share space, share equipment, things like that.

  • And additionally, with the cancer center right here,

  • the real value in that is the ability to work with clinical specimens.

  • So you are working with the radiation oncologist.

  • You are working with the surgeons.

  • And you're able to use patient tissue in some cases to do your work.

  • Well, my research focus was on the role of HPV in head and neck cancer.

  • I think that the impact that my work will have on cancer research and clinical oncology

  • in general is the need for personalized therapy for patients

  • who don't respond to standard treatments.

  • >> This exciting because we have at least one way now of distinguishing between those tumors

  • that really do very poorly with our current therapy and those that do well.

  • >> For me the advantage to coming to Michigan

  • and joining the cancer biology program was by far the faculty.

  • They are very collaborative, and they are very interdisciplinary.

  • And those faculty do remarkable work.

  • >> We have great enthusiasm and excitement for where the people that are trained

  • in this program will go and what they will contribute to the future of cancer biology.

  • >> Coming from the biotech and pharmaceutical industry with just a masters degree

  • to now having the first cancer biology Ph.D. from the University of Michigan I feel

  • that I have gained that additional level of expertise

  • to not only ask the important research questions but to hopefully have a positive impact

  • on the lives of cancer patients here.

  • >> That's what we want to see is our students succeed and move on to be the next generation

  • of leaders in the field and hopefully make a difference in people's lives down the road.

  • >> So this is the type of place you want to come where if you really want to do the best research

  • and you're not entirely sure exactly what you want to do, and you don't want to be trapped

  • in this school specializes in this type of cancer biology or this type of biology,

  • this is the place you should come.

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Cancer Biology Ph.D. Program at the University of Michigan

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    Amy.Lin posted on 2016/07/10
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