Cancer Biology Theme (CANB)

The CANB theme provides training opportunities in multiple and contemporary areas of cancer research. Outstanding basic and translational research faculty from various schools, departments, and centers participate in training the next generation of basic and translational cancer researchers.


Some of the areas in the CANB portfolio include Molecular and Cellular Biology, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Epigenetics, cancer biomarker discovery, cancer immunology, signal transduction, cancer treatment, and many other disciplines that:

  1. Enable molecular insight into the development and progression of cancer, and
  2. Create and enhance knowledge of strategies to identify cancer vulnerabilities to target various cancers.

Why should you join the CANB Theme at UAB?

Join the revolution against cancer. Join CANB.

The CANB Theme works in close association with the UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center (CCC). The UAB CCC is the only NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center located in a six-state area. Thus our students work in close association with expert and well-established research faculty and clinicians who use diverse approaches to focus on cancer. Graduate students joining the CANB theme will train extensively in basic, translational, and precision medicine research in various cancer types using an integrative approach. The interdisciplinary and collaborative research environment fostered and nourished at UAB enhances our team science approach and hasten the progress in tackling this dreaded disease.

Where will this degree take you?

Your future career as cancer researcher will make a difference.

Curing cancer needs an integrated knowledge of the cellular and molecular basis of cancer development and progression, analysis of large molecular data, and designing novel treatment approaches. All-round training from the CANB theme at UAB helps prepare you to move seamlessly into your future career. Previous CANB graduates are successful leaders in academia and industry in various aspects of basic and translational cancer research. Some of our alumni are successfully engaged in academic instructional positions and also play a critical role in health policy decisions.

Welcome 2018 CANB Incoming Students

Katherine Ankenbauer, Lipscomb University
Nikita Bhalerao, Maharaja Sayajirao University of Baroda
Cyntanna Hawkins, Ouachita Baptist University
Yun Lu, Zhejiang University
Tiara Napier, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Adrienne Samani, Florida International University

CANB Theme Contacts

Theme Director

Theme Director

Dr. Lalita Shevde-Samant
(205) 975.6261
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Theme Co-Director

Theme Co-Director

Dr. Soory Varambally
(205) 996.1653
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