The Georgetown Difference

Invested in providing a transformative experience through training, resources, and personalized career strategies in order to equip you to reach your career aspirations.

Unique Program Features


Courses are taught by well-respected faculty who are leaders in the field of cancer research.

Ideal Location

Located in our nation’s capital, Washington DC, our students have access to various federal agencies and biohealth companies.

Career Services

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

Why a degree in Tumor Biology?

Over the past two decades, there has been 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 Interdisciplinary Program in Tumor Biology provides doctoral and masters students with an excellent environment and interdisciplinary training for a career in cancer biology research.

Our program brings together about 60 faculty members from Basic Science and Clinical Departments, as well as the Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute designated Comprehensive Cancer Center, combining excellence in basic and clinical cancer research, as well as research in cancer prevention and control). 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.

The primary consideration for acceptance into the Tumor Biology Training Program is the student’s potential for the highest quality research and academic scholarship, evaluated by both formal criteria and a personal interview.