The Cancer Biology and Therapeutics (CBT) training program provides UCI graduate students and postdoctoral fellows with comprehensive, highly interdisciplinary training that includes cancer biology, the most current research methods, and a focus on translational science such as the development of novel cancer therapeutics and diagnostics. This foundation together with professional development activities produces well-trained experts armed to successfully attack the cancer problem from vantage points in both academia and industry.

The CBT program includes trainees from the School of Biological Sciences, the Henry Samueli School of Engineering , the School of Physical Sciences, and the School of Medicine. UCIH SOM RGB

                             CBT is funded by a T32 training grant from the National Cancer Institute that was renewed in July 2015. Additional support is provided by the UCI Chao Family Comprehensive Cancer Center and its basic research arm, the UCI Cancer Research Institute.

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Junior preceptor Claudia Benavente received the $100,000 Aflac Incorporated Career Development Award for Pediatric Cancer Research from the AACR.

CBT alumnus Matthew Janes (2008-10) published a first author Cell paper reporting exciting new small molecule inhibitors of KRAS-G12C: MR Janes et al., Cell 2018 172: 578. Matt presented this work at our recent CRI Symposium for Basic Cancer Research on May 5.


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Spring quarter RIP talks will be April 25 and May 23 at noon in Sprague Hall.

The NIH-BEST (Broadening Experiences in Scientific Training) initiative awarded UCI a 5-year award to provide innovative professional development activities to graduate students and postdoctoral fellows in the biomedical sciences. The program is called GPS-BIOMED.

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