The strength of this program lies in its ability to facilitate interactions between students participating in or interested in cancer research and with the faculty and post-docs who are housed in various departments, campuses, and hospital affiliates.
The formation of the Landry Cancer Consortium (2015) under the Harvard Integrated Life Sciences umbrella as a GSAS graduate consortium will serve to connect the discrete silos of research labs interested in cancer biology from all corners of Harvard University, building a truly integrative community of scholars. The LCBC will generate new energy and focus on interdisciplinary research training in cancer biology by bringing together faculty and students across schools to participate in timely courses and events centered on contemporary issues in cancer research. LCBC faculty must be affiliated with a HILS program.
The LCBC will serve to enhance the recruitment of the best prospective students interested in graduate training in cancer biology by representing the breadth of cancer-related research taking place Harvard-wide. Faculty may wish to participate further by acting as nanocourse faculty, meeting current and prospective rotation students at faculty-student socials, or attending periodic LCBC symposia.
The LCBC seeks to provide advanced training and an integrated community for students interested in pursuing cancer-related research. Activities include an oncology seminar series, faculty-student socials, and a student data club - providing opportunities for students to extend their studies and community beyond the classroom and thesis laboratory.
Like other GSAS consortia, the LCBC will not admit matriculating students for graduate or undergraduate training; rather, this consortium will serve to offer new cross-campus opportunities to complement existing curriculum for students in FAS and GSAS programs or concentrations.
While curricular requirements will remain exclusively within the purview of the students’ home program, those students participating in the LCBC are encouraged to take one or more courses from those currently suggested by the BBS Cancer Biology Area of Concentration. The curriculum emphasizes topics relevant to cancer biology, including genetics and genomics, signaling, basic cell biology, disease pathology, and translational research.