Mission and Handbook

Cancer Biology is the comparative study of the biology of normal and cancerous cells and tissues. The discipline includes the study of normal and tumor cell biology and biochemistry, cancer etiology, and biological rationale for cancer therapy and prevention.

The purpose of this degree program is to provide formal graduate education leading to a PhD degree in Cancer Biology. The curriculum introduces students to knowledge derived from experiments on the production, properties and therapy of cancer, and assures that students have the necessary background in one or more areas of related fundamental science to enable them to do original research.

The interdisciplinary nature of Cancer Biology is indicated in the following lists, which show the home departments and colleges of faculty members in this program. It is this extensive trans-departmental affiliation that brings fresh approaches, diverse inputs, and the melding of ideas from different areas to this graduate program.


  • Agriculture and Life Sciences
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Pharmacy
  • Public Health
  • Science

Faculty Departments

  • Arid Lands (natural products research)
  • Chemistry and Biochemistry
  • Cellular and Molecular Medicine
  • Epidemiology
  • Immunobiology
  • Medicinal and Natural Products Chemistry
  • Medicine
  • Molecular and Cell Biology
  • Nutritional Science
  • Pathology
  • Pediatrics
  • Pharmacology
  • Pharmacology Toxicology
  • Pharmacy
  • Surgery
  • Medicine/Basic Science, UA College of Medicine, Phoenix


Jesse Martinez, PhD
Arizona Cancer Center, Rm.3999
The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ 85724
(520) 626-4250

Anne Cione, Program Coordinator, Sr
(520) 626-7479