The Program encourages and welcomes applications from minority applicants, and from applicants with disabilities or from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The Anti-Cancer Drug Development (ACDD) Training Program is an integrated multidisciplinary program designed to prepare both predoctoral and postdoctoral students for cancer research and teaching careers in the area of cancer-related drug development. Trainees develop the technical skills and critical thinking skills needed for careers as independent investigators through a combination of didactic course work, participation in journal clubs and research seminars, and individual research.
The program faculty are members of the Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences, the Brady Research Laboratories in the Division of Urology, and the Johns Hopkins Oncology Center . The Oncology Center is a regional resource dedicated to research and education in cancer and related disorders. The Center has a multidisciplinary faculty involved in treating tumor patients, as well as researching the cause, treatment, and prevention of malignant disease.
ACDD Graduate Training. The required predoctoral course work is a series of rigorous core courses in Bio-organic Mechanisms, Biophysical Chemistry, Molecular Biology, Fundamentals of Genetics, Biochemistry, Cell Biology, that is taken in the first year with other pharmacology graduate students. ACDD trainees receive additional exposure to pharmacology and oncology through the required Pharmacology and Therapeutics course taken with the medical school students in their second year, and through specialized elective courses, seminars, and journal clubs.
ACDD Postdoctoral Training. This program provides outstanding candidates who already have a Ph.D. or M.D. degree with the opportunity to focus their research interests, learn new experimental systems, and develop the skills required to succeed as an independent cancer investigator. Postdoctoral trainees devote their full time to these objectives. Trainees are required to take the course "Fundamentals or Cancer: Cause to Cure", and all postdoctoral trainees in the Program participate regularly in Departmental and Institutional seminar programs, laboratory research meetings and journal clubs, the monthly ACDD noon research meeting, and the Oncology Center Fellows Day and Young Investigator's Day research symposia.
We welcome applications from underrepresented minorities, those with disabilities, and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.
Distinguished ACDD Postdoctoral Fellow. This position is offered to exceptional candidates, and allows the program to move quickly and decisively with applications from such individuals. Candidates from under represented minority groups are strongly encouraged to apply for this fellowship. Interested candidates should contact Dr. James Stivers or the ACDD faculty member with whom you are interested in doing postdoctoral studies.
Information and Applications
**NOTE: Only U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible for ACDD predoctoral and postdoctoral fellowships.**
For questions or application requests, please contact the following:
- Predoctoral Applicants: Please apply using the online application found on the Department of Pharmacology website on the application page.
- Postdoctoral Positions: Dr. James Stivers or the ACDD faculty member with whom you are interested in doing postdoctoral studies
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