Research training of PhD students and post-doctoral fellows in the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology has been supported by a training grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Cancer Institute since 1975.  In July, the department received notice that this training grant would be renewed for its 8th consecutive time and thereby continue the tradition of supporting trainees through 2021. 

Since its inception, the goal of this program has been to train the next generation of successful independent scientists and give them the knowledge, research training and leadership skills necessary to foster progress in the prevention, detection and treatment of cancer.  Trainees are treated as integral partners in the research and educational missions of the program and in the preparation for research careers of their choice.

Beginning as a relatively small training program in 1975 with 8 faculty preceptors, the program has grown to include more than 30 faculty preceptors from 11 departments across both the Bloomberg School of Public Health (BSPH) and the School of Medicine (SOM).  Current faculty preceptors and areas of research interest include:


Signaling, gene regulation and cancer:

Shyam Biswal (BSPH) | Michael Caterina (SOM) | Daniela Drummond-Barbosa (BSPH) | Jennifer Kavran (BSPH) | Ken Pienta (SOM) | Joel Pomerantz (SOM) | Dipali Sharma (SOM)

Genome integrity and cancer:

Scott Bailey (BSPH) | James Berger (SOM) | Kathleen Burns (SOM) | Robert Casero (SOM) | Carol Greider (SOM) | Philip Jordan (BSPH) | Marikki Laiho (SOM) | Alan Meeker (SOM) | Jim Stivers (SOM) | Victor Velculescu (SOM)

Inflammation and cancer:

Cynthia Sears (SOM) | Fengyi Wan (BSPH)

Cellular stress response pathways and cancer:

Valeria Culotta (BSPH) | Anthony Leung (BSPH) | Jiou Wang (BSPH) | Michael Matunis (BSPH)

Cellular morphogenesis and cancer:

Andrew Ewald (SOM)

Chemoprevention and cancer:

John Groopman (BSPH) | Jun Liu (SOM)