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Cancer Biology, Informatics & Omics Training Overview

Mentored Research

  • CBIO trainees each have a primary mentor and a secondary co-mentor.
  • CBIO trainees and their mentors determine the overall length of research training.
  • CBIO requires a minimum of 2 years of research training.
  • Research projects must be cancer relevant, with tranlstional potential. Research approaches must include application and/or development of informatics tools and omics technology.

Required Courses, Journal Club, Seminars, Meetings & Retreat

  • Graduate-level courses on Cancer Biology (BIOM256), Quantitative Genomics (BIOM262), and Bioinformatics (CSE283) offered by UCSD.
  • Applied Bioinformatics Certificate Program offered by UCSD Extension.
  • Cancer Genomics Journal Club (MED278):
    • 30 weekly journal clubs per year,
    • 60 over the two-year training program.
  • Molecular Tumor Board Meetings:
    • 10 meetings a year,
    • 20 over the 2-year training program.
  • Seminars:
    • 30 seminars a year,
    • 60 over the two-year training program with choices of seminars offered by Departments (CMM, Bioinformatics) and ORUs (IGM, MCC).
  • CBIO Monthly Scientific Meetings:
    • 10 meetings a year,
    • 20 meetings over the 2-year training program.
  • CBIO Annual Retreat: 2 retreats over the 2-year training program.

Required Career Development Activities

  • Career Development workshops offered by the BMS graduate program (BIOM234) and the UCSD Postdoctoral Association.
  • Individual Development Plan (IDP): annual updates and discussions with primary mentors.
  • Fellowship Applications: with mentoring by CBIO faculty in addition to research mentors.
  • Presenting at National or International Scientific Meetings: with travel support from CBIO.

Training in Responsible Conduct of Research, Rigor and Reproducibility

  • Graduate-level courses on Scientific Ethics with refresher courses and workshops in scientific ethics.
  • Graduate-level course on Statistics (BIOM285) and Rigor and Reproducibility Workshop.
  • University of California Online Learning Center Courses on Laboratory Safety, Biohazards, Waste & Fraud, Sexual Harassment, Cyber Security, Conflict of Interest, Blood Borne Pathogens, Animal Use and Care, with required annual refreshers.