Welcome letter - Doctoral Programme in Tumour Biology and Oncology (FoTO)

We organize a training programme in Tumour Biology and Oncology offering annual training courses in basic tumour biology, new technologies and advanced focus courses on single cancer types. The programme provides a fertile study-environment including annual student retreats. It has a translational profile attracting both pre-clinical and clinical students.

The programme operates with a progression of learning and quality controls, including developed pedagogics of research training according to the concept "how to best train excellent scientists”.

The FoTO team

Margareta Wilhelm

Programme Director and Chair

Lisa Westerberg

Programme coordinator

Nick Tobin

Lecturer

Marco Gerling

Principal researcher

Panagiota Maravelia

Student Representative

Retreat

KI Cancer retreat (every year, in Autumn) - attendance at least one time.

Courses

Note that the interval of course occasions vary from 1-4 year.

Basic courses (level 1/2)

  • Basic course in Tumour Biology and Oncology (once per year, Autumn, 2 weeks)
  • Basic Tumour Histopathology (once per year, 2 weeks)
  • Tumour immunology and immune therapy of cancer (once per year)
  • Cytostatic Drugs in Research and Cancer Treatment
  • Cell death and Cancer
  • Cell cycle, cancer and anti-cancer targets

*Can be substituted by the yearly EACR Summer school in translational cancer research

Advanced courses (level 2/3)

  • Tumour microenvironment
  • Cancer cell Metabolism
  • Infections and cancer
  • Microbiota, metabolism and immunity in the development and treatment of malignancies
  • Advanced Cancer Biology
  • Omics data analysis: From quantitative data to biological information
  • What is life? The future of biology
  • Mouse models of human cancer
  • Personalized cancer medicine
  • Inherited cancer syndromes; Genes predisposing to malignant disease
  • Advanced Cell Culture - modelling with human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells
  • Non-coding RNA and cancer
  • Breast Cancer: Research and treatment
  • Brain tumours
  • Translational lung cancer research
  • Translational Paediatric Oncology in the Era of Immunotherapy and Omics
  • Circulating tumour cells
  • How to conduct systematic reviews and meta-analyses
  • Applications of CRISPR/Cas9 technology: genome editing and beyond

International courses and retreats

  • EACR Summer school in translational research (Autumn) 
  • DKFZ PhD student retreat