Graduate Studies in Tumor Biology

Georgetown’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center offers a variety of degree options for students interested in systems biology. They offer an MS degree in tumor biology with a focus in cancer systems biology and a Ph.D. program in computational biology.

Learn more:

MD/MS program

Georgetown’s five-year MD/MS program in systems medicine is designed for medical students who want to apply systems biology to medicine. Students will learn to use emerging technological tools that will help them improve diagnostics and outcomes.

Undergraduate Prerequisites:

  • One year of general biology
  • One year of general chemistry
  • One or two semesters of organic chemistry
  • One year of physics
  • One year of calculus

Required Courses:

  • Systems Medicine, Systems Biology and Related Technologies (3 credits)
  • Applied Biostatistics (3 credits)
  • Bioinformatics and Medical Informatics (3 credits)
  • Design of Human Studies for Systems Medicine (2 credits)
  • Genes and Environment (3 credits)
  • Systems Medicine: Health Policy, Ethics, and Behavioral Sciences (3 credits)
  • Critical Reading in Systems Medicine (2 credits)
  • Topics in Systems Medicine (0 credits)
  • Case-based practicum I (3 credits)

Summer Internship

The Lombardi summer research program is an 8-week opportunity for undergraduate and high school students who want to pursue a career in biomedical science. The hands-on laboratory experience will allow students to work on a research project under the guidance of experts in cancer research.

Information coming soon.



The family history factor in breast cancer

Lombardi researchers have found that in rats, exposure of a pregnant mother to estrogenic compounds can result in increased risk of cancer in daughters, granddaughters, and even great granddaughters.