Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology Program

Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology PhD

The Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology PhD program is an interdisciplinary graduate program that involves faculty researchers from multiple departments on the Indiana University School of Medicine—Bloomington campus. The emphasis of the program is on the fundamental molecular and cellular mechanisms that lead to the proliferative growth associated with cancer.

The primary objective of this graduate program is to train independent research investigators who can make contributions to their field of knowledge while working in academic/government institutions or industry laboratories.

Students explore a multitude of other career possibilities while working toward their degree. Alumni from the Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology graduate program have successful careers in biomedical research, both in university and industrial biotech settings.

Faculty Research

The research interests of the Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology faculty include molecular and cellular biology, genetics, epigenetics and cancer biology. Investigators within the program range from individuals who study the basic processes of how cells divide to those who are actively involved in clinical trials for new cancer chemotherapeutics. With a shared interest in understanding the relationship between structure and function in health and human disease, these groups provide research opportunities for postdoctoral fellows and graduate, medical and undergraduate students.

Campus Life

The Bloomington campus is one of the most beautifully landscaped and wooded campuses in America, marked by graceful limestone buildings. Cited as one of the most beautiful campuses in the United States by Thomas A. Gaines in his book “The Campus as a Work of Art.”

Bloomington Campus Life



The application deadline for the Cell, Molecular and Cancer Biology Program at Indiana University School of Medicine-Bloomington is December 1.


Research in faculty labs focus on the basic mechanisms of disease; cancer cell biology; cell signaling and development; and epigenetics, genomics and chromatin.


Completion of the PhD program requires the selection of a thesis laboratory, the completion of preliminary exam and thesis defense, and completion of course requirements.