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Department of

Cancer Biology

Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology

The 2018-2019Academic Year application window will be open 

September 1, 2017 through February 1, 2018.
Apply by December 15, 2017 for early review!   

The Graduate Program in Cancer and Cell Biology is an interdepartmental graduate program with expertise in many critical areas of modern Cancer and Cell Biology research. The mission of the CCB Graduate Program is to train the next generation of scientists and educators in basic mechanisms of molecular and cellular function with an emphasis on understanding mechanisms of cancers. It is our philosophy that PhD training must be intellectually stimulating, scientifically rigorous, and geared toward developing the lifelong learning and critical thinking skills that will prepare our graduates to be successful as research scientists, educators, and/or professionals in a variety of other fields.

All PhD students accepted to the program receive full tuition remission, a nationally competitive stipend and a health insurance plan.

Program faculty are concentrated in the UC Department of Cancer Biology, which administers the Program, and in the Division of Experimental Hematology and Cancer Biology at Children’s Hospital, with additional faculty drawn from more than 10 other departments/divisions at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center

Faculty selected to join the program are recognized leaders in their fields, and provide excellence, dedication, and personal involvement in graduate training. As a consequence, our graduate students excel in research and are highly successful in their scientific careers.

Successful completion of the program typically involves four to six years beyond the bachelor's degree. Over 90 percent of our graduates typically go on to postdoctoral training either in academic or industrial settings. Most of our graduates eventually assume research or teaching careers in academia, but many take research positions in biotech, government or pharmaceutical companies, with scientific and technical writing firms, or in the healthcare or medical professions.

 Please contact us for more information. We look forward to hearing from you.

Two University of Cincinnati graduate students in Cancer and Cell Biology, Marissa Leonard and Sasha Ruiz-Torres, Discuss Their Groundbreaking Breast Cancer Research

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Dr.'s Ken Greis and Susan Waltz

Welcome to the CCB Graduate Program Website

Hi, I’m Ken Greis, Director of the Cancer & Cell Biology Graduate Program (CCB) along with Susan Waltz, Director of Admissions for our PhD Program. We both want to welcome you to our website and provide you a little guidance as you browse.  We hope you will be able to find all the information you are looking for with just a few clicks of the mouse. The web site is laid out to allow easy navigation via the pull down tabs to the upper left with access to information about admissions, curriculum, current students and faculty, as well as life at UC and in Cincinnati.  Links to various forms and the full student handbook are located in the lower right corner.  For those of you interested in applying to our graduate program, just click here for detailed instructions on how to apply.  All applicants accepted to our program receive full tuition remission, a nationally-competitive research stipend and student health insurance.

After you have a chance to surf through the website, you can send any additional inquiries to our Program Manager, Emily Spinks (, or to either of us:  We are happy you decided to visit with us and hope to have an opportunity to speak with you in the future.

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If you have questions or comments regarding our graduate program, please contact us.

Emily Spinks

Program Manager
Vontz Center for Molecular Studies
Room 2104
3125 Eden Avenue
Cincinnati, OH 45267-0521

Mail Location: 0521
Phone: 513-558-7379

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