Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop

An intensive workshop providing a substantive overview of molecular biology, translational cancer research, current lab techniques, career development, and the best practices of grant writing for the aspiring physician-scientist

July 21-28, 2019
Viceroy Snowmass
Snowmass Village, Colorado

Workshop Director
Ross L. Levine, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, New York

Workshop Codirectors
Mark W. Geraci, Indiana University, Indianapolis, Indiana
Christine M. Lovly, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine, Nashville, Tennessee
Jean Y. Tang, Stanford University School of Medicine, Redwood City, California

For over 25 years, the Molecular Biology in Clinical Oncology Workshop has endeavored to provide a catalyst that inspires oncologists-in-training to acquire knowledge of the range of investigative approaches that might be tapped to pursue cutting-edge research and the ability to develop an incisive research plan to address key unanswered medical questions based on this knowledge.

The goal of this workshop is to contribute to the training of aspiring physician-scientists, a cohort of the cancer workforce that truly spans from bench to bedside. This training is accomplished through lectures from the top investigators in the field of translational cancer research and five hands-on laboratory sessions demonstrating current techniques that are essential for a research career. Mentoring, career development, guidance in grant writing, opportunities to network and discuss scientific literature, and “office hours” for one-on-one meetings with faculty members are also featured to round out this unique educational experience.

Comments from previous attendees:

  • The course was outstanding and inspirational. I came in without any momentum after finishing a clinical year and returned to the lab with a range of tools to push my project forward.
  • I loved this workshop and it has been instrumental in altering the course of my research career. In particular, I come from a smaller institution and a field that is underrepresented in terms of physician investigators, so seeing what's possible has been enlightening.
  • The MBCO workshop was an inspirational and transformative experience. The opportunity truly succeeded my expectations. I left feeling excited to pursue a career as a physician scientist and with tools to do so that I did not have previously.
  • I left this workshop feeling inspired by the successful physician-scientists we had the opportunity to meet and buoyed by the fact that I now know many wonderful peers who share the common goal of improving cancer treatment through translational research. The AACR MBCO workshop is the perfect opportunity for physician-scientists to gain insights on career development, new technologies and grantsmanship.

This workshop is supported in part by the National Cancer Institute of the National Institutes of Health under award number R25CA057732. The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the National Institutes of Health.

For further information, please contact Amy Baran, PhD, Senior Program Administrator II, at (215) 446-7192 or

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Continuing Medical Education Activity AMA PRA Category 1 CreditsTM available