Atlanta, GA
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December 1
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A Top Graduate Program in Cancer Biology

As one of the fastest growing medical centers in the country, Emory University is uniquely positioned to provide outstanding training in all aspects of cancer research, from basic to translational, through its Ph.D. in Cancer Biology degree program.

The program is offered through the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences (GDBBS), which ranks among the top 10 nationwide for research output in microbiology, immunology, molecular pharmacology, and other cancer-related fields, according to the "Chronicle of Higher Education." The faculty members for the cancer biology program are affiliated with 15 different departments within Emory University, its School of Medicine, American Cancer Society, and U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Emory University is consistently ranked among the top 20 institutions for National Institutes of Health (NIH) grants. Faculty members and graduate student research is also generously supported by government agencies, such as the Department of Defense and NASA, and prominent private institutions, such as the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Graduate students receive competitive financial assistance.

Excellent Research Centers and Facilities

Most Cancer Biology Program investigators are members of the Winship Cancer Institute, which provides comprehensive training from "bench to the clinic." Emory's Winship Cancer Institute has earned the prestigious National Cancer Institute Cancer Center (NCI) designation. With NCI designation, Winship Cancer Institute joins the ranks of the nation's elite cancer research and treatment facilities.

In addition, students have the unique opportunity to train with faculty members from the American Cancer Society, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Robert W. Woodruff Health Sciences Center, the Rollins School of Public Health, and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center.

An Interdisciplinary Approach

Cancer researchers at Emory are investigating the disease and its treatment through an interdisciplinary approach that involves molecular and cellular biology, signal transduction, genetics and epigenetics, genetic engineering, nanotechnologies, and many other fields that must be applied to understand the progression of cancer.

Rigorous Training in Three Major Areas of Research

The Cancer Biology program provides research training in three major areas of expertise: genetics and genomics, signal transduction, and cancer therapeutics. The program is conducting ground-breaking research in lung, breast, head and neck, and blood cancer, as well as in brain tumors.

Coursework and Laboratory Rotations

During their first year, doctoral students perform research rotations in three different laboratories to gain experimental knowledge within diverse disciplines relating to cancer biology and to identify thesis advisors and dissertation topics. During the summer following their first year students begin their doctoral research and take a two-day teacher training program.

During their first two years, students complete core courses in biological and biomedical sciences, bioethics, hypothesis design, grand writing, biostatistics, and cancer biology. Students can also choose from a variety of elective courses in human genetics, bioinformatics, eukaryotic chromosome organization and function, the evolution of disease, and genetic epidemiology.

Competitive Financial Support

Students in the Graduate Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences at Emory receive tuition scholarships, health insurance, and stipends. They enjoy the low cost of living in suburban Atlanta, Georgia.

The stipend for the 2017-18 academic year is $30,000. In addition, several competitive fellowships are offered to outstanding applicants each year. These fellowships provide students with supplements to their stipends that range from $2,500 to $5,000 per year for five years, depending on the award.

Living in Atlanta

Emory University is located in a beautiful, wooded area of northeast Atlanta, Georgia, just four miles from downtown. The area serves as a hub of medical research, encompassing both the CDC and the American Cancer Society.

Midtown Atlanta is home to museums, galleries, and cultural activities that students enjoy. Atlanta's temperate climate affords students many opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, rafting, and camping.

Location & Contact

Program in Cancer Biology

Division of Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Emory University

1462 Clifton Road, Suite 314
Atlanta, GA 30322
United States

Dr. Erwin Van Meir

Program Director

Phone: 404-778-5563
Fax: 404-778-5550

Ms. Kathy Smith

Director of Recruitment and Admissions

Phone: 404-727-2547
Fax: 404-727-3322

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Degrees & Awards

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Cancer Biology/Oncology Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? No
    • Evening/weekend programs available? No
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Yes
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Comp Exam Required and Thesis Required
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


10% of applicants are admitted.
  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied 130
    • Accepted 14
    • Acceptance Rate 10
    • Enrolled 6
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Not Reported
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline December 1st December 1st Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesNot Reported
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, minimum GPA of 3.0 in science course work (recommended)
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitNot Reported
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsNot Reported
    • Types of financial support availableFellowships, Tuition Waivers, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students15
    • Female Percentage73%
    • Male Percentage27%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students15
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Race/Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / Latino20%
    • Black / African American33%
    • White / Caucasian40%
    • American Indian / Alaskan Native0%
    • Asian0%
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific Islander0%
    • Two or more races7%
    • Unknown or International Student0%


  • Faculty Breakdown
    • Total Faculty30
    • Full-time Percentage100%
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Female Percentage23%
    • Male Percentage77%


  • Existing Research
    • Focus of faculty researchBasic and translational cancer research, molecular and cellular biology, genetics and epigenetics, signal transduction, genetic engineering and nanotechnologies
    • Externally sponsored research expenditures last yearNot Reported



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