Tumor Cell Biology Training Program


Tumor Cell Biology Training Program (supported by T32 CA 009056). Pre- and Post-doctoral positions available

Application Deadline: Monday May 11, 2020 at 3:00 p.m.

Completed application forms should be accompanied by a three-page research summary, NIH biosketches of applicant and mentor, and two (2) letters of recommendation (one must be from the research mentor).

Click here to download the application: Pre Doc / Post Doc

Interested applicants should submit a PDF of the entire application by email to the program administrator:

Andrew Aldapa
Dept. of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine
David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA
10833 Le Conte Avenue, Room 1P-171 CHS
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1732
Campus Mail Code: 173216
Phone: (310) 206-1770
Email: aaldapa@mednet.ucla.edu

Program Directors

Dr. Gay Crooks (gcrooks@mednet.ucla.edu)
Dr. Owen Witte (owenwitte@mednet.ucla.edu)
Dr. John Colicelli (colicelli@mednet.ucla.edu)

Program Announcement

The UCLA Tumor Cell Biology Training Program trains pre-doctoral and post-doctoral students in cellular and molecular mechanisms relevant to tumorigenesis, malignancy, diagnostics and therapeutics. Trainees whose research is focused on oncogenes and tumor suppressors, dysregulated gene expression, aberrant signal transduction, cancer initiation and metastasis, the tumor microenvironment and drug development are encouraged to apply.

At both the pre-doctoral and post-doctoral levels, the program’s main goals are to:

  • Identify and support outstanding trainees involved in tumor cell biology research.
  • Train scientists to conduct cutting edge research in fundamental, experimental, and clinical aspects of tumor cell biology.
  • Provide a solid background in relevant areas of biological sciences including developmental biology, stem cell biology, tumor biology, signal transduction, metabolism and genetics.
  • Support innovative and significant projects from which beneficial outcomes will be derived.
  • Acquaint trainees with state-of-the-art research and relevant technologies through a monthly seminar series (course BC 248) and associated journal clubs, as well as by providing support for presenting their work at relevant conferences.
  • Provide trainees with regular opportunities to present their research in seminar form and receive critical feedback from the training grant faculty.
  • Facilitate career development by helping pre-doctoral trainees choose postdoctoral fellowships and obtain fellowship support, and by providing postdoctoral trainees with guidance in obtaining positions in academics and industry.

The Tumor Cell Biology Program at UCLA is an institution-wide, multi-departmental collaboration designed to effectively utilize the education and training capabilities of both clinical and fundamental cancer biology communities on the UCLA campus.