Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop

An Intensive Workshop on the Latest Developments in Molecular Biology Relevant to Clinical Oncologists Pursuing the Desire to Bridge the Gap as Physician-Scientists

July 23-30, 2017
Viceroy Snowmass
Snowmass Village, Colorado

Workshop Director
Charles L. Sawyers
, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

Workshop Codirectors
Levi A. Garraway, Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, Indiana
Mark W. Geraci, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Jean Y. Tang, Stanford University School of Medicine, Redwood City, California

The goal of this workshop is to provide a substantive overview of keys areas in molecular biology and translational cancer research for the aspiring physician-scientist. The organizers are primarily seeking students who are motivated to build a career in translational cancer research, i.e., the exciting research front at the interface between basic research and clinical investigations. Ideal candidates are physicians in the early stages of laboratory training or who have begun their fellowships in any clinical oncology subspecialty with the intent of an academic career as a physician-scientist.

This Workshop will contribute to the training of physician-scientists, a cohort that truly spans from bench to bedside. This training is accomplished through lectures from the top investigators in the field of translational cancer research, who not only illustrate the scientific process through their own research, but provide personal examples of their career paths and advice to trainees. Lectures are meant to demonstrate how to design and implement successful scientific experiments. Additionally, trainees partake in hands-on laboratories involving useful techniques for an academic research career, such as gene expression analysis, proteomics, bioinformatics, and analysis of microarrays. Mentoring, career development, guidance in grant writing, opportunities to network, discuss scientific literature, and “office hours” for one-on-one meetings with faculty members are also featured to round out this unique educational experience. This program is supported in part by a generous grant from the National Cancer Institute.

For further information, please contact Amy Baran, Ph.D., Senior Program Administrator, at (215) 446-7192 or

Comments from previous attendees:

  • This workshop was absolutely amazing! I came to this conference without any prior research training and walked away confident in my ability to understand my own research project and have an intelligent discussion about other people's subjects. I have so much more confidence now in my grant-writing ability and I have several clear goals in mind for my future. I made wonderful peer connections and met many inspiring researchers.
  • I can't speak highly enough about this workshop. I was absolutely a more clinically oriented person before this workshop and am leaving feeling so much more well-versed in laboratory sciences. I also feel more educated on recent, frontline advancements in oncology and will definitely apply what I've learned in my clinical and research practice. Lastly, I am leaving this conference feeling rejuvenated and excited to get back to work. Thank you so much, AACR, for offering such a wonderful addition to my training!!!
  • This was one of the best learning opportunities I have ever had. The opportunity to interact closely with scientific leaders in such a low-key atmosphere was invaluable. All of the faculty members were highly knowledgeable and approachable. In addition, I really enjoyed interacting with my peers. This was a wonderful experience.

Continuing Medical Education Activity AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM available