Cancer Biology Pathway

Please note that the Cancer Biology Pathway is separate from the Cancer Biology PhD Program, which may be found at:

Pathway Guest Lecturer

Tuesday, May 4, at 12:00 PM

Erin Gibson, PhD
Erin Gibson

Assistant Professor
Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine
Stanford University

Click HERE to register.

MDS Postdoc Track

We are excited to announce a new Edward P. Evans Postdoctoral Position for Myelodysplastic Syndromes (MDS) research. Interested postdocs should complete the Cancer Biology Pathway application, indicate their interest, and describe their MDS research project. Please note: the MDS position covers $26,800 in stipend support per year. Any support beyond that amount must be supplemented by the mentor, department, or through another award.

Note: MDS Applications are currently closed.


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 (MD/PhD students are not eligible for this pathway);
  • 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

MDS Postdoctoral trainees:

  • May be on a temporary US visa
  • Should propose an MDS-related research project
  • Are required to be within 5 years of completing their doctoral degree or clinical training (e.g. residency or fellowship)
  • Must hold a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD degree
  • Are not required to have a mentor who is a current Siteman Cancer Center member
  • May propose to participate in the program for one year or two years
  • Are allowed to have supplemental funding while appointed to the program


Postdoctoral applications are currently open and being accepted on a rolling basis. Click HERE to view the application.

Applications for the Pathway predoctoral positions are typically open May 1 – June 1.

Application Requirements:

    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
      • Letters may be emailed directly from mentors
      • MDS Postdoc Applicants: The recommendation letter from your post-doctoral mentor must also acknowledge that the MDS award is only partially funded and state where the remainder of the stipend support will be paid from.
    5. Additional recommendation letters
      • Letters may be emailed directly from referees
      • 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
      • MDS Postdocs: 1 letter from either another faculty member at Washington University or from the University where you earned your PhD.

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 L41-5288 Special Topics in Molecular Genetics and L41-5196 Special Emphasis Pathway in Cancer Biology. These courses are offered in alternate spring semesters (details below on this page).
  • 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