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


[ Music ]>>[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. [ Music ]

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