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Cancer Biology, Informatics & Omics Trainee Requirements

 

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Mentored Research:
• CBIO trainees each have a primary mentor and a secondary co-mentor. 
• The trainees and their mentors determine the overall length of research training. 
• CBIO requires a minimum of two years of research training.
• Research projects must be cancer relevant, with tranlstional potential.  Research approaches must include application and/or development of informatics tools and omics technology. 
Required Courses, Journal Club, Seminars, Meetings and Retreat:
• Graduate-level courses on Cancer Biology (BIOM256), Quantitative Genomics (BIOM262), and Bioinformatics (CSE283) offered by UCSD.
• Applied Bioinformatics Certificate Program offered by UCSD Extension.
• Cancer Genomics Journal Club (MED278): 30 weekly journal clubs per year, 60 over the two-year training program.
• Molecular Tumor Board Meetings: 10 meetings a year, 20 over the two-year training program. 
• Seminars: 30 seminars a year, 60 over the two-year training program with choices of seminars offered by Departments (CMM, Bioinformatics) and ORUs (IGM, MCC). 
• CBIO Monthly Scientific Meetings: 10 meetings a year, 20 meetings over the two-year training program.
• CBIO Annual Retreat: 2 retreats over the two-year training program.
Required Career Development Activities:
• Career Development workshops offered by the BMS graduate program (BIOM234) and the UCSD Postdoctoral Association.
• Individual Development Plan (IDP): annual updates and discussions with primary mentors.  
• Fellowship Applications: with mentoring by CBIO faculty in addition to research mentors.
• Presenting at National or International Scientific Meetings: with travel support from CBIO.  
Training in Responsible Conduct of Research, Rigor and Reproducibility:
• Graduate level courses on Scientific Ethics with refresher courses and workshops in scientific ethics. 
• Graduate-level course on Statistics (BIOM285) and Rigor and Reproducibility Workshop.
• University of California Online Learning Center Courses on Laboratory Safety, Biohazards, Waste & Fraud, Sexual Harassment, Cyber Security, Conflict of Interest, Blood Borne Pathogens, Animal Use and Care, with required annual refreshers.