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Cancer Biology is an interdisciplinary course designed to provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the fundamental principles underlying the development, progression, and treatment of cancer. This course delves into the molecular, cellular, and genetic basis of cancer, exploring the complex mechanisms that govern abnormal cell growth and proliferation. Students will be exposed to cutting-edge research, historical milestones, and the latest advancements in cancer research, fostering critical thinking and analytical skills to address the challenges posed by this multifaceted disease.

Topics Include:

  • Tumorigenesis
  • Genetics of Cancer
  • Oncogenes and Tumor Suppressors
  • Tumor microenvironment
  • Metastasis
  • Tumor Immunology
  • Cancer treatment
  • Immunotherapy


Introductory coursework in cellular biology and genetics are required for this class, as basic concepts in cell biology, cell signaling, and principles of genetics will not be covered in lectures.


This course is offered in an online asynchronous format. There are no set meeting times, however, students follow a weekly schedule and there will be deadlines to meet in terms of course requirements. This course cannot be completed at an accelerated rate.

Contact Information:
Fiona O'Donnell-Lawson


Course Number: BIOL-40376
Credit: 3.00 unit(s)

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