Cancer and molecular medicine concentration
The doctoral degree in Clinical and Translational Sciences with the cancer and molecular medicine concentration is designed to train students in the research skills required to perform translational research in cancer and molecular medicine. Students will carry out translational research projects, which will use experimental models. To facilitate the bridging of the bench and clinical sciences, students will have both a research and a clinical mentor.
The marriage of cancer and molecular medicine blends established cancer biology with an emerging field, molecular medicine. The concentration serves as an educational program for Ph.D. students encompassing the research objectives of the VCU Massey Cancer Center, the VCU Institute of Molecular Medicine and the VCU Center for Clinical and Translational Research.
Key faculty members
Joyce Lloyd, Ph.D.
Title: Professor, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, VCU School of Medicine
Research interests: Roles of the Kruppel-like transcription factors in globin gene regulation, erythropoiesis and cardiovascular development
About the program: “VCU is a great place for a Ph.D. student to study molecular medicine because we have outstanding translational scientists working in this area, their research is well-funded, and the environment at VCU is highly collaborative.”
Devanand Sarkar, Ph.D.
Title: Associate professor, Department of Human and Molecular Genetics, VCU School of Medicine
Research interests: Understanding molecular mechanism of liver cancer and developing new therapies
About the program: “Most of the scientists in VCU aim to identify molecular mechanism of diseases and use that knowledge to develop novel therapies. The CAMM program provides the unique opportunity to work on basic science and simultaneously learn how to translate that experience in the clinical arena. More importantly by working with Physician-Scientists students might have the opportunity to be involved directly into a translational process. VCU and CAMM thus provide an ideal environment to master both the basic research as well as learn how to direct the research for the benefit of the patients.”