CANB Courses

CANB 606 - Mechanisms of Cancer Journal Club

Cross-departmental Journal Club composed of students, postdocs, fellows, and clinical/basic science faculty with shared interest in basic principles, emerging discoveries, and new therapeutic approaches in Cancer Biology. The Goals of this JC are:

  • To critically evaluate new cutting edge literature on mechanisms underlying the development of cancer to inform the development of new therapeutics. Papers should be paradigm shifting and set a backdrop for discussion into therapeutics facilitated by the clinical attendees
  • To Provide students, postdocs, and fellows with training and interactions with faculty interested in Cancer Biology and emerging therapeutics


CANB 607 - Knight Cancer Biology Seminar Series

Seminar series sponsored by the Knight Cancer Institute and the Dept. of Cell, Developmental and Cancer Biology. This series has a strong emphasis on fundamental science and translational research topics presented by leading extramural scientists.

Upcoming seminar information can be found here.


CANB 610 - Current Topics in Cancer (Winter Term, Alt years)

Graduate course with an emphasis on recent ground-breaking research from cancer biology literature along with in-depth presentation of supporting basic concepts of biochemistry and molecular biology. Topics are chosen from areas of expertise and interest among the Cancer Biology faculty including: drug discovery, tumor microenvironment, role of DNA damage response in cancer susceptibility and drug resistance, regulatory signaling pathways, cancer stem cells, metastatic progression, and angiogenesis.

CANB 613/CELL 613 - Tissue Biology (Winter term, yearly -depending on enrollment). 

The mission of this course is to introduce students to tissue biology, a cutting edge subject at the intersection of stem cell, cancer, developmental and cell biology.  Through this course students will gain an in depth understanding of the cellular architecture and physiology of tissues and organs, all in the context of modern biology’s most provocative questions.  This “flipped classroom” course begins with a comprehensive (12 classes) survey of basic histology. Before each class students watch one of a series of high quality on-line lectures made by course faculty using “green screen” technology. Each lecture is supported by a detailed outline.  In class, students examine histological slides using a fully annotated “digital slide box” program, guided by a comprehensive set of lab exercises and direct face-to-face discussion with course faculty.  The course culminates with 8 student-led discussions of histology-related, cutting edge journal articles that proceed organ by organ thematically.  The theme for 2016 is stem cells and tissue homeostasis and repair.  We welcome students who have taken histology (e.g. through this course or through the medical school) to enroll in the “journal discussion” segment of the course (called “CELL/CANB 613”b”), for two credits.


CANB 616 - Advanced Topics in Cancer Biology (Spring Term)

The course consists of a comprehensive coverage of topics in cancer biology including mechanisms of carcinogenesis, the roles of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes, molecular targets for novel therapeutic strategies, and an understanding of the pathogenesis of specific cancers such as breast, prostate, gastrointestinal, skin, and blood. Prerequisites: CONJ 665, or Course Directors Consent. This course is open to OHSU Postdocs.

2015 Schedule is available here.

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