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Leading the Fight Against Cancer

We equip students with the interdisciplinary education, laboratory experience and career skills they’ll need to excel in cancer research.

M.S. Info Sessions

The past two decades have seen a revolution in the study of cancer biology. Advances in molecular biology, biochemistry and cell biology have contributed to our understanding of malignant transformation, cancer prevention and cancer therapy. The Georgetown University Interdisciplinary Program in Tumor Biology provides doctoral and master’s students with an excellent academic environment and interdisciplinary training for a career in cancer biology research. Our students develop their potential to produce highest-quality research and academic scholarship.

Fall 2024 M.S. Admissions

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Priority Application: May 15
Final Deadline: July 1

The Georgetown Difference

Expert Faculty

Learn from respected scientists who are leaders in the field of cancer research.

Ideal Location

Students have access to federal agencies and biohealth companies around Washington, D.C.

Career Services

One-on-one advising and professional development opportunities prepare students for success.

Our program brings together about 60 faculty members from basic science and clinical departments, as well as the expertise and resources of Georgetown’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, a National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center that combines excellence in basic and clinical cancer research, as well as research on cancer control and prevention.

A combination of formal courses, seminars, and ongoing collaborative research projects bring together faculty and trainees in a unified doctoral program committed to providing quality education in cancer biology, prevention, and therapy.

Alumni Success

Coursework, lab experience, mentorship and career development resources all empower our students to pursue impactful careers.

M.S. Alumni Outcomes M.S. and Ph.D. Career Services


Faculty Member Jill P. Smith Honored as GU Innovator of the Year

Dr. Smith, a professor in the Tumor Biology Program and Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, was recognized by Georgetown’s Office of Technology Commercialization for her work in the fight against pancreatic cancer.

March 18, 2024


Georgetown Research Advances a Potential Treatment for Pancreatic Cancer

Researchers including Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Director Louis Weiner, a Tumor Biology faculty member, are investigating a new immunotherapy method to treat one of the deadliest cancers.

February 6, 2024

Jeanne Mandelblatt


Tumor Biology Professor Earns NCI Outstanding Investigator Award

Jeanne Mandelblatt, Ph.D., MPH, founder of the Georgetown Lombardi Institute for Cancer and Aging Research, plans to investigate cellular aging mechanisms that could shed light on racial disparities among older cancer survivors.

February 6, 2024