CPRIT: Cancer Research Training Program

Graduate & Postdoctoral Training Program for
Cancer Research

Babatunde Oyajobi, PhD, CPRIT Director

This is a training program in Cancer Research supported by funds from the National Cancer Institute and the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT).

The Ph.D. and M.D. Ph.D. students that participate in this program will be members of the Cancer Biology Track or Radiological Sciences Graduate Programs. Students will meet the same requirements as designated by the track or the Radiological Sciences program.

Both pre- and post-doctoral students will also meet the following special requirements:

  1. They will take the Cancer Biology Core 1 and 2 courses
  2. They will attend journal club
  3. They will attend the short workshop on Drug Development
  4. They will participate in an Annual Retreat for cancer trainees

CSBL 6068: Cancer Biology Core 1
This is the first part of the Cancer Biology Track core course. This course will provide an overview of current areas of research in the molecular biology of tumor formation. Areas that will be covered include oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, telomere biology, DNA repair pathways and maintenance of genomic stability. The alteration of normal cellular pathways in the multi-step process of tumorigenesis will be discussed, as well as modes stem cells in cancer. (2.0 Semester Credit Hours)

CSBL 6069: Cancer Biology Core 2
This is the second part of the Cancer Biology Track core course. This course provides an overview of different cancers including lung, breast, prostate, colorectal, pancreatic, hematological and tumors of the nervous system. The pathology of the cancers as well as their molecular basis is presented. The basis for therapies and an introduction to clinical trials is discussed as well as chemoprevention. Current experimental approaches that will be presented include animal models, molecular diagnostics and tumor profiling. (2.0 Semester Credit Hours)

  • Ricardo C. Aguiar
  • Alexander D. Bishop
  • Thomas G. Boyer
  • Bandana Chatterjee
  • Shuo Chen
  • Yidong Chen
  • Tyler J. Curiel
  • Patricia Dahia
  • M. Duff Davis
  • Peter Fox
  • James W. Freeman
  • Maria E. Gaczynska
  • Rita Ghosh
  • Nandini Ghosh-Choudhury
  • Alonso Gutierrez
  • Paul Hasty
  • Peter Hornsby
  • Yanfen Hu
  • Jacklyn Hung
  • Dmitri Ivanov
  • Jean Jiang
  • Paul Jerabek
  • Teresa Johnson-Pais
  • Chongwoo Kim
  • Nameer B. Kirma
  • Pratap Kumar
  • Angela Laird
  • Jack Lancaster
  • Robin J. Leach
  • Sang Lee
  • Rong Li
  • Feng Liu
  • Robert Marciniak
  • Donald G. McEwen
  • Susan L. Mooberry
  • Mohan Natarajan
  • Bruce J. Nicholson
  • Pawel Osmulski
  • Babatunde O. Oyajobi
  • Susan S. Padalecki
  • Nikos Papanikolaou
  • Deborah Parra-Medina
  • Luiz O. Penalva
  • Alex Pertsemlidis
  • Manjeet K. Rao
  • Amelie Ramirez
  • Vivienne Rebel
  • Pothana Saikumar
  • Z. Dave Sharp
  • Taewang Tahiro Shin
  • Thomas J. Slaga
  • Sunil Sudarshan
  • LuZhe Sun
  • Rajeshwar Rao Tekmal
  • Gail Tomlinson
  • Ratna K.Vadlamudi
  • Kristine S. Vogel
  • Christi A. Walter
  • P. Renee Yew
  • ZhiMin Yuan
  • Bin Zhang
  • Wei Zhang

Comparison of the Training Grants


Area of research

Cancer Research
Predoctoral programs in Cancer Biology

Track and Radiation Oncology

Cancer Research
Predoctoral program in Cancer Biology Track
Number of Predoctoral Trainees 6 1
Number of Postdoctoral Trainees 8 3
Number of MD Fellows 3 0
Travel Funds Provided Provided
Tuition Provided 60%
Insurance Provided Provided
Eligibility No restrictions on visa status or citizenship
Predoc applicants must have passed their
qualifying exam
U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
Predoc applicants must have passed
their qualifying exam
Duration of Fellowship Generally one year with an option for a
second year after a progress review
Generally one year with an option for a
second year after a progress review
Frequency of Openings As positions come open at least once per
As positions come open

Information on the application process will be distributed to students and mentors when slots are available.