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Department of Cancer Biology

Cancer Biology

The Mission of Jefferson’s Department of Cancer Biology is:

  • Make transformational discoveries of the cellular and molecular biology of the malignant process and the individual's and society's response to it;
  • Effectively translate latest research discoveries and clinical trials to provide the highest quality of care for our patients;
  • Provide expert and humanitarian care to cancer patients, their families, and those at risk.

Established in December 2005, the Department of Cancer Biology was created with a mandate to make transformational discoveries of significance for patients with cancer. Sixty new faculty and staff moved to Thomas Jefferson University in the first wave of recruitment for the new department of Cancer Biology. 

The Cancer Biology Department supports the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center facilities, which in turn provides support for the Sidney Kimmel Medical College Research Infrastructure including: personnel and supplies, allowing Jefferson researchers to focus on the activities of science and teaching, and administrative staff and general services, to run the department.