Pursing a Cancer Biology PhD at the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences gives you training that combines Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center’s basic science and clinical arms. As a student, you will join one of MSK’s more than 130 laboratories where you will examine cancer science through the lenses of basic, clinical, and translational research.
The Cancer Biology program at GSK is an integrated course that takes students from genes and proteins to human pathophysiology. Aspects of our curriculum include:
- A 10-to-1 faculty-to-new student ratio
- An innovative core course in the first year that provides a foundation in experimental, mechanistic, and cancer biology, taught by over 80 MSK faculty
- Full-time thesis research by year 2 of the program
- Weekly President’s Research Seminar Series featuring renowned scientists presenting their latest research
- Opportunity to pair with a clinical mentor
- Exposure to cutting-edge science with MSK faculty
At GSK, our faculty includes 130+ scientists from MSK specializing in biomedical science, including cancer biology, genomics, immunology, structural biology, and more. Each have been recognized as leaders in their fields around the world and have published over 1,000 papers and filed a total of 160 patents applications from MSK labs in 2020 alone.
When you begin your Cancer Biology PhD program at GSK, you do not need to make a formal commitment to a particular laboratory. This gives you the flexibility to explore potential research mentors during the first-year curriculum as well as an opportunity to meet with faculty to learn about new areas of research before making your decision.
Students in the GSK Cancer Biology PhD program are supported in both their academic and social needs, including:
To apply to the PhD program at the Gerstner Sloan Kettering Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences, you will need a bachelor’s degree from an accredited institution. GRE scores are optional.
Applicants are recommended to have completed the following college-level courses:
- general biology
- general chemistry
- general physics
- organic chemistry (two semesters)
- mathematics (through integral calculus)
- introductory course in biochemistry
- physical chemistry (recommended)
The annual application window is from July 31 to December 1. Applications should be submitted online.
GSK welcomes international students. Learn more about how to apply.
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