In keeping with Loma Linda University's mission "To Make Man Whole," the Cancer, Developmental and Regenerative Biology (CDRB) graduate program aims to provide state-of-the-art training, within the Christian framework, to prepare the future biomedical workforce with the skills and information needed for successful careers as researchers and educators.

Areas of Scientific Interest

Cancer

Cancer

Ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, cervical cancer, lymphoma. Regulation of cell death and survival, cell fate, mechanisms by which cancer cells evade the immune system.
Developmental Biology

Developmental Biology

Molecular basis for congenital anomalies and mechanisms that control development, role of calcium signaling lung development.
Regenerative Medicine

Regenerative Medicine

Isolation and characterization of stem cells and their application for cell-based-repair, stem cell culture on the International Space Station, studies to address the interplay between EMT factors and miRNAs in development.

The School of Medicine offers basic sciences curricula leading to the Master of Science and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. The core curriculum provides a broad background in molecular biology, cell biology, and biochemistry.  Advanced courses allow each student to fully develop an area of interest.

Program Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, the graduate should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of the biomedical sciences.
  2. Demonstrate subject mastery in cancer, developmental, or regenerative biology.
  3. Interpret the current literature in the field.
  4. Design hypothesis-driven studies to address key questions in the field.
  5. Make original contributions to the body of biomedical knowledge.
  6. Demonstrate the principles of scientific and professional ethics.
  7.  Write effective scientific publications and grant proposals.*

*This outcome is not applicable to M.S. degree students.

 

Co-program directors

Mary Kearns-Jonker
Dr. Kearns-Jonker

Julia Unternaehrer-Hamm
Dr. Julia Unternaehrer