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Graduate Programs

Promising PhD, MD, and Master’s scholars can build their knowledge base needed to pursue a career in cancer studies in a supportive and collaborative community.


Academic Research Careers for Medical Doctors (ARC-MD)

The ARC-MD program provides medical students with foundational skills and professional development that promote a successful career as a physician scientist. The five-year program provides students with research and career mentorship, a unique curriculum, and community engagement within a supportive, longitudinal learning community.

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Advanced Training in Environmental Health Sciences

The objective of this predoctoral program is to train the next generation of environmental health scientists through interdisciplinary research and coursework. Predoctoral trainees have access to advanced technologies, such as proteomics, genomics and metabolomics, state-of-the-art imaging, genetically modified mice, and inhalation facilities for rodents and non-human primates. A strength of environmental health training at UC Davis is the vertical integration of studies of environmentally-induced disease.

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Chemical Biology

Supporting students engaged in pre-doctoral training at the chemistry-biology interface, the Chemical Biology Program draws faculty from six different departments and five different colleges. The program prepares scholars for careers in the biomedical workforce with the communication and management skills necessary to direct research programs that integrate approaches across the two disciplines.

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Comparative Lung Biology and Medicine

Pre-doctoral and post-doctoral scholars will grow into independent investigators through the Comparative Lung Biology and Medicine Program’s interactive research environments, innovative and competitive research themes and projects, and training opportunities.

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Comparative Medical Science

A graduate research training program supported by the NIH for veterinarians seeking to complete a PhD for careers in biomedical research. The program is to facilitate broad training in various aspects of comparative medicine and supports DVM’s conducting research in various Schools across UC Davis, including the School of Medicine. The program is administered by the Center for Immunology & Infectious Diseases (CIID) on the UC Davis campus and co-sponsored by the Office of Graduate Studies, the CIID and the School of Veterinary Medicine.

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Comparative Oncology

The goals of the Comparative Oncology program are: 1) to train veterinarian- and physician-scientists, and 2) support graduate students pursuing dual DVM-PhD degrees to integrate the study of companion animals, which have naturally occurring cancers, with human cancer biology and therapy (comparative oncology). This will create a new generation of scientists engaged in basic and translational cancer research that advances the health of people and animals.


Fellowship Award Writing Workshop

Earning training fellowships early on your scientific career is an increasingly important to successfully transition to research independence and faculty positions.

Why Get an F?

  • Receive stipend and tuition
  • Establish your credibility
  • Examine what is most important about your research (and why anyone would give you money for it)
  • Improve critical grant writing skills early on in your career
  • Practice communicating about your research succinctly
  • Update yourself on the literature
  • Foster new collaborations

Workshop participants will gain a solid understanding of the creative, scientific, organizational and administrative aspects of preparing a competitive fellowship application. To help develop this understanding, along with discussing key elements of the proposal, participants will develop, revise, and prepare an F series NIH grant application over the course of this in-person workshop with constructive input from peers and individual mentors. At the end of the program, participants will have a completed, well-reviewed application ready for submission to the NIH.

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Molecular and Cellular Biology

The primary goal of the successful predoctoral training program in Molecular and Cellular Biology at UC Davis is to provide scholars with the breadth of knowledge and research training, and career skills, that will prepare them for their own successful careers in the national biomedical workforce. Training is provided by over 80 trainers in various academic departments, with wide-ranging interests including genetics, biochemistry, structural biology, cell, molecular and developmental biology, physiology and neuroscience.

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Pharmacology Training Program

This program broadens the research perspectives and skills of predoctoral scholars interested in pharmacological research. It leverages the multidisciplinary biomedical research environment at UC Davis with its highly successful programs in drug development. One program goal is to provide trainees with a detailed “inside look” at and understanding of drug development from target identification into clinic. The second goal is to provide students from Ph.D. programs outside the Pharmacology Ph.D. program training in the core concepts of Pharmacology including Pharmacodynamics and Pharmacokinetics.

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Postbaccalaureate Research Education Program

This one-year program prepares scholars from underrepresented groups and disadvantaged backgrounds, or scholars who have a disability that limits major life activities, to succeed in Ph.D. programs in the biomedical sciences.

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Spotlight On Early Career Investigators

The Spotlight on Early Career Investigators is an annual symposium highlighting the work of undergraduate students, pre- and post-doctoral scholars, research staff and residents/fellows in cancer research. Through this event, early career investigators meet experienced investigators, learn about potential research opportunities early in their career, and gain valuable career insights through presentations and networking.