Cancer Biology Pathway Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Program

Applications are being accepted for Pre- and Postdoctoral trainees in the Cancer Biology Pathway Program until June 10, 2019. Accepted applicants will be invited to start the 2-year program on September 1, 2019.

 Applications are available at: 



All trainees must:

  • Be working with a mentor who is a current Siteman Cancer Center member
  • Have the ability to participate in the program for 2 years, starting September 1
  • May not be simultaneously supported by an NIH or other federal grant during the program

Predoctoral trainees must be:

  • A PhD student working on a cancer biology project;
  • Entering their 2nd and 3rd years of graduate training;

Postdoctoral trainees must be:

  • Within two years of receiving their PhD at the time of application
  • A US citizen or permanent resident


To be considered for the program, applicants must:

  • Complete the online application available at: []
  • Submit the following documents via email to
  1. CV or Resume
  2. One paragraph description of your interest in the Cancer Biology Pathway
  3. One page description of

    – Predocs: your PhD dissertation goals
    – Postdocs: your current work in the laboratory

  4. Recommendation letter from the faculty sponsor / primary mentor
  5. Additional recommendation letters

    – Predocs: 2 other faculty members who served as laboratory rotation mentors
    – Postdocs: 1 letter from your PhD mentor and 1 letter from either another faculty member at Washington University or from the University where you earned your PhD

Submit all application materials by Monday, June 10, 2019, at 8:00 AM, to

Program Requirements

  • Participate in clinical shadowing each fall during the program
  • Complete and annually update an Individual Development Plan (IDP) with guidance from your mentor(s)
  • Comply with the NIH Responsible Conduct of Research Policy (complete 8 hours of in person ethics training, if not already complete during your current career stage)
  • Complete the following coursework (offered in alternate spring semesters):
    • L41-5288 Special Topics in Molecular Genetics (Coursemaster: Dr. Lee Ratner): Overview course of cancer biology examining a different topic each week in molecular, cell biological or immunological aspects of cancer biology.
    • L41-5196 Special Emphasis Pathway in Cancer Biology (Coursemaster: Dr. Jeff Magee): Provides an in-depth analysis of basic and clinical aspects of cancer biology, with a particular emphasis on pediatric oncology.
  • Participate in the following journal clubs each fall during the program:
    • Experimental Hematopoiesis
    • Cancer Biology
    • Hematology & Oncology
    • Student-Run Cell Biology
    • Cytoskeleton Discussion Group
    • Cell Biology of Extracellular Matrix
    • Molecular Mechanism of Aging
    • RNA Biology
    • Chromatin, Epigenetics, Nuclear Organization
    • Structural Biology
    • Human Genetics
    • Cancer Informatics
    • Other journal clubs with the approval of Dr. Lee Ratner

Outlines of previous Cancer Biology Pathway course topics can be found below: