Message from Larry H. Matherly, Ph.D. - Director

Welcome and thank you for your interest in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program at the Wayne State University School of Medicine and the Barbara Ann Karmanos Cancer Institute. Advances in the diagnosis and treatment of cancer are occurring at a breath-taking pace. Our unique graduate program immerses our students in a broad multidisciplinary curriculum that includes opportunities for original and critical thinking and extensive interactions with outstanding basic and clinical scientists at one of our nation’s most dynamic cancer-focused environments. Our goal in the Cancer Biology Graduate Program is to instill a passion for scientific discovery as we train the next generation of cancer biology researchers. As you navigate this web site, you will better see a remarkable range of training opportunities available in areas ranging from cancer therapeutics, cancer genetics, tumor imaging, tumor immunology, tumor microenvironment and metastasis, to population studies of cancer. A new area of emphasis involves studies of breast cancer disparities. Our program and institution offers state-of-the-art research facilities, accomplished faculty, and a highly motivated group of student peers, combined with outstanding opportunities for recreation and a vibrant, culturally rich metropolitan area.


Larry H. Matherly, Ph.D.

Professor of Oncology and Pharmacology
Director, Cancer Biology Graduate Program