Cancer Biology Pathway Predoctoral and Postdoctoral Program


One postdoctoral (Ph.D.) appointee will be selected for a 2-year period of support at the NIH training grant stipend level (additional compensation is the responsibility of the host lab).  Postdoctoral appointee applicants must be:

  • Within two years of receiving their Ph.D. at the time of application
  • A US citizen or permanent resident
  • Training in the laboratory of a Siteman Cancer Center member

Note: Postdoctoral appointees must be US citizens or have a green card.


All  trainees will register for a Special Topics Course (Dr. Lee Ratner, Course Master), an overview course of cancer biology examining a different topic each week in molecular, cell biological or immunological aspects of cancer biology. Postdoctoral appointees must attend the class but do not need to register for credit.

The second Special Topics Core (Dr. Jeffrey Magee, Course Master) is a course of in-depth analysis of basic and clinical aspects of cancer biology, with a particular emphasis on pediatric oncology. This course has been offered in alternate spring semesters. Postdoctoral appointees are required to participate in the special topics courses, but not register for credit.

  • Experimental Hematopoiesis Journal Club
  • Cancer Biology Journal Club
  • Hematology & Oncology Journal Club
  • Student-Run Cell Biology Journal Club
  • Cytoskeleton Discussion Group
  • Cell Biology of Extracellular Matrix Journal Club
  • Molecular Mechanism of Aging Journal Club
  • RNA Biology Journal Club
  • Chromatin, Epigenetics, Nuclear Organization Journal Club
  • Structural Biology Journal Club
  • Human Genetics Journal Club
  • Cancer Informatics Journal Club
  • Other journal clubs with the approval of Dr. Lee Ratner

Applicants cannot currently be supported by an NIH training grant

Postdoctoral Application

Complete application must include:

  • Clearly list that you are applying for the postdoctoral Cancer Biology Program
  • Name, social security number or birth date, address, departmental affiliation and year, citizenship, and racial/ethnic background
  • Contact information (e-mail and telephone)
  • CV or resume
  • Name of the Siteman Cancer Center mentor in whose lab you are working
  • One paragraph description of your interest in the program
  • One page description of your current work in the laboratory
  • Recommendation letter from the faculty mentor (on the Molecular Oncology Training Grant OR may be appointed to training grant faculty)
  • Recommendation letters from 1) PhD mentor and 2) one other faculty member at either Washington University OR PhD university
  • Clear photocopy of post doc’s Washington University identification badge

Applications should be submitted/emailed by October 1, 2018 to:

Rachel Sorensen, Siteman Cancer Center, Campus Box 8100

Physical address: 4901 Forest Park Avenue, COH, 8th floor, suite 800
For questions about the program, e-mail Michele Felton;

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