The Program in Genetics, Genomics & Cancer Biology is designed to take a multidisciplinary approach to the field by providing the student with a strong basic knowledge of genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, and molecular biology, with additional exposure to other areas of related interest. The ultimate goal of this program is to provide aspiring students with the background, training and experience necessary to launch careers as independent scientific investigators.
Research laboratories are primarily located in the Bluemle Life Sciences Building. In addition to extensive basic equipment and facilities, the program provides access to numerous specialized resources. These include facilities for cancer genomics, peptide synthesis and sequencing, cell sorting by flow cytometry, protein purification and characterization, microarray analyses, and biomolecular imaging.
All students receive a stipend, which is currently $ 27,000 for the 2012-2013 academic year. Stipends and tuition are covered throughout the student's training experience, and are not tied to any other responsibilities, such as teaching requirements.
The Thomas Jefferson University student community totals over 2,000 students, including those enrolled in the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences. Other university students are enrolled in the Jefferson Schools of Health Professions, Nursing, Pharmacy and Population Health, and Jefferson Medical College. Affordable housing is available on campus or in the surrounding community. The student body is a diverse one, with members from across the country and around the world. Many activities are coordinated by the Graduate Student Association .