University of Southern California
USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center

Graduate/Post-graduate Training

For scientists, the quest for new information and discoveries never ceases. The educational and training programs at the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center provide opportunities for graduate and post-doctoral students to participate in groundbreaking research with distinguished faculty members in order to further advance their abilities in the laboratory environment.

Graduate and clinical research training is available in the following basic science departments at the Keck School of Medicine of USC. Opportunities also exist through the innovative, university-wide PIBBS program, which serves as an entry way to 15 participating Ph.D. programs.

Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Cell and Neurobiology
Molecular Immunology and Microbiology
Pathology
Physiology and Biophysics
Preventive Medicine

Educational opportunities are also available for USC Norris faculty via the Division of Medical Education.

Increasing research funding is a priority for USC - the university currently ranks ninth among U.S. private universities in dollar volume of federal research support. Sponsored research at USC has nearly doubled over ten years to $325 million a year, with more than one-third of that supporting biomedical investigations at the Keck School of Medicine. Cancer Center members currently hold research grants totaling $134 million in direct costs.

The growth in research funding during the last ten years is due largely to USC's and the Keck School of Medicine's internationally renowned faculty - distinguished biomedical researchers include leading cancer epidemiologists Brian E. Henderson and Malcolm C. Pike (both members of the prestigious Institute of Medicine).