About cancer research
The Physiology program at Penn State is comprised of cancer researchers who focus on research questions that span the disease continuum, including the biological mechanisms important in cancer prevention, novel molecular targets relevant to cancer therapy, as well as the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying the metastatic process.
Is this option for me?
This option is for students who wish to study the causative factors of cancer, as well as approaches to cancer therapy.
Potential specialization areas
- Physiological role of lifestyle factors (e.g. nutrition, exercise, obesity) and chemoprevention agents in cancer prevention and control
- Molecular mechanisms underlying and/or regulating tumorigenesis
- Role of inflammation and immune regulation in carcinogenesis and tumor development
- Signaling pathways important in cancer progression and metastases