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Graduate Research Program

Every year, graduate students at Fox Chase Cancer Center carry out their thesis research under the supervision of Fox Chase faculty who hold adjunct faculty appointments at Drexel University College of Medicine, Thomas Jefferson University, Lehigh University, the University of Pennsylvania and Temple University, along with members who participate in the Fox Chase-Russian State Medical University Sister Institute Program. Generally, these students have completed the major course work requirements for the doctoral degree and are engaged in full-time research at the Center. These graduate students serve a vital role in our training programs and benefit from superb training by members of our faculty and postdoctoral contingent.

Areas of Research

The Graduate Student Research Program promotes training in any of Fox Chase's laboratories engaged in research. The following are areas of research with faculty participating in the postdoctoral training program:

Collaboration: The Fox Chase Difference

Fox Chase fosters an environment conducive to strong collaboration across all disciplines, from basic to translational research. As a graduate student at Fox Chase, you will have the opportunity to interact with our faculty as a valued colleague in a setting built around mutual respect and collegiality. All faculty maintain collaborative, open-door policies where collaborations are abundant and guidance is freely offered.

Here at Fox Chase, you can build relationships with a renowned group of experts while furthering your own skills as a scientist. The support you will receive at Fox Chase goes well beyond the laboratory walls, with training and career development. As a result, Fox Chase has an exceptional career placement track record in academic, industrial and other careers in science.

Core Research Facilities

Despite its relatively small size, Fox Chase has an outstanding array of core facilities that rival those of many larger research institutions. These facilities, which provide access to the latest technology, also provide essential services that would otherwise demand a considerable amount of benchwork on the part of the laboratory staff. Facilities include our high throughput facility, cell imaging, small animal imaging, histopathology, laser capture micro-dissection, molecular modeling, transgenic and knock-out mice, flow cytometry, antibody production, translational research (including siRNA and drug screening), tumor banki facility, and tumor micro-array facility.

Talbot Research Library

Fox Chase also has an exceptional research library located on campus. Staff librarians are always just a phone call, email or instant message away with answers to your questions, and provide full support through regular training sessions. Whether you need help crafting the perfect query in PubMed or building a bibliography in EndNote, the Talbot Research Library staff is there to help. The library provides access to many online journals, databases and other resources, and the inviting library space includes comfortable seating, wireless access and a computer cluster for internet access and more.

Fox Chase-Russian Institute Affiliations

Erica A. Golemis, PhD, Co-Chair, Supervisory Committee
Richard Katz, PhD, Co-Chair, Supervisory Committee
Ilya Serebriiskii, PhD, Co-Chair, Supervisory Committee

Science is increasingly an international enterprise. This trend reflects the desire of scientists to enhance the speed and quality of research efforts by taking advantage of skills and insights from colleagues around the world. In 1998, Fox Chase Cancer Center began an innovative program to simultaneously address the need of Fox Chase scientists for talented researchers, and the intrinsic desire of international students for advanced scientific training. Beginning with a first institutional partner, Russian State Medical University (RSMU) in Moscow, and subsequently expanding to include other partners throughout Russia, we have established a program of scientific exchange for enterprising Russian students to take advantage of the advanced technical and educational resources at Fox Chase Cancer Center. To date, over 70 Russian students have had some or all of their research training in Fox Chase laboratories. Upon their return to Russia, these students communicate their new expertise, and significantly enrich the intellectual atmosphere at their degree granting institutions. We view this program as an outstanding success, with a bright future.

Drexel University College of Medicine Graduate School Alliance

Jane Clifford, PhD, Program Director, Drexel University College of Medicine
Jeffrey Peterson, PhD, Program Director, Fox Chase Cancer Center

In 2003, Fox Chase Cancer Center initiated a graduate school alliance with Drexel University College of Medicine. Approximately a dozen Investigators from Fox Chase hold adjunct appointments in the graduate programs in Biochemistry, and in Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics (MCBG) at Drexel; these adjunct faculty participate in teaching and recruiting. In turn, Drexel graduate students may do laboratory rotations and thesis projects at Fox Chase. Several PhD. and MD/PhD students are already participating in this joint program. For complete information about how to apply and enter graduate training at Drexel, read more. For information on the guidelines for performing thesis research at Fox Chase, read more.

Additional Partners

Many Fox Chase research faculty are also adjunct faculty at other Philadelphia universities, including Temple University, Thomas Jefferson University, and the University of Pennsylvania. Graduate students or clusters within these institutions are eligible to do rotations (with the potential of completing their PhD research) in participating labs at the Center.

Ben-Gurion University of the Negev Affiliation
Jonathan Chernoff, MD, PhD, Program Director

Over the past five years, the Fox Chase Cancer Center and Ben-Gurion University of the Negev (BGU) have worked together to establish many cancer-related collaborative programs, such as defining what role viruses play in human cancers and understanding the basis for cancer progression. The partnership has led BGU graduate students to pursue their degree research in Fox Chase labs, and to serve as bridges to sustain and nurture these partnerships. While not a formal graduate student program, it is hoped that this partnership will continue to expand and offer opportunities for BGU graduate students at Fox Chase.