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Predoctoral Training

Three Ph.D. Programs are associated with the Kimmel Cancer Center, through its relationships with the departments of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, Cancer Biology, Microbiology & Immunology, and the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences:

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These graduate programs currently enroll 80 Ph.D. students. All are receiving full financial support consisting of tuition, stipend, and student health insurance. Student support comes from a variety of sources including research grants, Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (NRSA) Institutional Research Training Grants and Individual Fellowships, and University fellowships.


Students enrolled in these graduate programs have world-class research facilities at their disposal. In addition to extensive basic equipment and facilities such as instrument rooms, a high-containment laboratory, and controlled-environment rooms, students have access to numerous shared resources. These include peptide and oligonucleotide synthesis and sequencing facilities; facilities for cell sorting by flow cytometry; animal quarters equipped for transgenic mouse production; protein purification and characterization facilities; scanning and transmission electron microscopy; confocal microscopy; extensive computer and bioinformatics facilities; a CD spectrometer; X-ray detectors for macromolecular crystallography; a microarray core facility; and a molecular interaction facility.