The BCB program is the destination for students aspiring to make their mark as a future basic-translational researcher, with an emphasis on “precision medicine”. Housed in a well-equipped and state-of-the-art research facility, BCB is a unique two-track graduate program where students can choose faculty mentors working in different disciplines. BCB mentors offer a diversity of projects and multi-disciplinary approaches to diagnose, prevent and treat a wide range of diseases that include malignancies of different organs, eye diseases, and disorders of inflammatory, immunological, and hematological origins.
BCB students may choose either a biochemistry or a cancer-biology track to pursue their graduate thesis work. Students choosing the biochemistry track will be a part of the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Students in the cancer-biology track will be a part of the Georgia Cancer Center. Both the Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, and the Georgia Cancer Center work together to nurture a cohesive and collaborative atmosphere for achieving the same student learning objectives. At the heart of each track, is the same emphasis on students’ training in basic and translational research. Biochemistry track has an emphasis on both benign diseases and cancer; whereas, the cancer-biology track focuses primarily on cancer. With motivated, enthusiastic and committed faculty, the BCB program is a home to bench-to-bedside researchers.
The field of Biochemistry and Cancer Biology sets the pace of discovery by generating the tools and insight into diverse pathological conditions. Researchers in this field routinely manipulate genes, characterize proteins and examine the function of specific molecules in animal models for disease. Armed with a graduate degree in Biochemistry & Cancer Biology from the Medical College of Georgia, you will be an important part of this vial resource that is transforming modern medicine.