Third Level (Postgraduate) Program in Tumor Biology and Oncology
This is the web site of the Karolinska Institute Third Level (Postgraduate) Program (Forskarutbildningsprogram) for Tumor Biology and Oncology.
Here you get information on how the program is designed, which courses you can apply for, literature within this field of research training and whom to contact if you have questions. The program is organized by the KICancer network and on its home page (see below) you can find NEWS, announcement of relevant seminars and meetings
The program courses are open to all postgraduate students (within or outside KI), but particularly designed to serve students in tumor biology, oncology and adjacent fields. Applicants should preferably have taken the KI basic research training course (5p) or have corresponding knowledge. We also organize an annual retreat for all students and supervisors.. Information about this retreat can be found at:
you can apply by e-mailing directly to the course organizer. The autumn courses you find under the program title at:
Doctoral Courses at KI (polopoly link)
Professor Ingemar Ernberg
Department of Microbiology, Tumor and Cell Biology,
Nobels väg 16
Supervisors and PhD-students
At the KICancer website database (see above) you can find all projects within cancer research at KI and contact addresses of the supervisors conducting research within this area at KI.
The program is organized by a working group under KICancer: Dan Grandér, Gesan Arulampalam, Ingemar Ernberg, Mira Ernkvist, Daniel Hägerstrand, Bertha Brodin, Anna Birgersdotter, Yvonne Strandberg.
The program is providing introductory, survey, laboratory and area specific courses within the field of cancer research dealing with the following topics: cell biology, cell signalling, tissue biology tumorigenesis, molecular tumor pathology, cancer genetics, cancer epidemiology, infections & cancer, tumor immunology, clinical trials, modern concepts of therapy, but also give complementary courses in ethics, theory of science and bioinformatics.
The program courses are open to all postgraduate students (within or outside KI), but particularly designed to serve students in tumor biology, oncology and adjacent fields. Applicants should preferable have taken the KI basic research training course or have corresponding knowledge.
Within the program will be provided some 5-10 courses/year: one introductory course annually (3-6 p), and different specialized courses (1,5-3p), which are given once every 2-4 years. Two advanced seminar series are also provided as research training course: Advanced seminar in tumor biology at MTC (each term, 3 points) and Seminars in cancer and infection at the Dept of Cell and Molecular biology, contact Yvonne Stranberg (details above)
PhD-students registered at KI need to get a minimum of 20 p of formalized training during their four years of postgraduate training, out of which 7-12 p should be program specific courses. Students within Tumorbiology and Oncology may of course also take relevant courses from the other KI programs , which suits their specific needs.
General Information and Course Literature
This postgraduate (forskarutbildning, research student training) program within the Karolinska Institutet (KI) is funded by the Board of research training at KI.
The following departments have formed the program: Microbiology, Pathology & Immunology (IMPI), HS; Oncology & Pathology, KS; Medical Epidemiology (MEP), KI; Center for Molecular Biology (CMB), KI; Department of Microbiology Tumor and Cell Biology (MTC), KI and Biosciences, Novum, HS.
The program provides introductory, survey, laboratory and area specific courses within the field of cancer research.The program courses are open to all postgraduate students (within or outside KI), but particularly designed to serve students in tumor biology, oncology and adjacent fields.
Within the program will be provided some 5-10 courses/year: one introductory course annually (3-6 p), and different specialized courses (1,5-3p), which are given once every 2-4 years.
The program usually annually offers a limited number of pre-training positions corresponding to University Studies at A-level, 30 p Research Preparatory Course in Tumor Biology & Oncology as a Fristående kurs
Annually the program organizes a 1-2 day meeting for students and supervisors active within the program to discuss the program and survey up to date projects and science in the field.
Recommended Course Literature
The following is a list of some recommended literature that may be included in the students individual research plans.
Robert A Weinberg
The biology of Cancer
Garland Science 2007
Ian F. Tannock & Richard P. Hill
The basic science of oncology
4th Ed. McGraw Hill, 2005.
Basic background literature (selected parts)
Alberts et al.
The Molecular Biology of the Cell
Garland Publishing, Inc- New York & London, 3rd edition (1996).
Reference literature (to be completed)
The oncogene and tumor suppressor gene Facts Book.
Assoc Press, 2nd ed, 1997.
Brändén, Carl & Tooze, John.
Introduction to protein structure
Garland, 2nd ed, 1999.
Mak, T. (ed)
The gene knock out facts book
Academic Press. 1998 (2 volumes)
The departments all arrange their own seminar series. 4-6 seminars/year of particular general interest in the field are announced as KICancer seminars and are highly recommended. They are announced at the KICancer website:
The responsibility for these seminars areshared between the departments. Key departmental seminars within tumor biology and oncology are also announced at that web-site.