Course Description

Course Name

Cancer Biology

Session: VSOS3221

Hours & Credits

3 Credits

Prerequisites & Language Level

Taught In English

  • There is no language prerequisite for courses at this language level.


Cancer is induced by abnormal expression of oncogenes and tumor suppressor genes. To better understand the tumorigenesis of various cancers in different tissues, this course will focus on understanding the mechanism of cancer development at genetic, epigenetic and cell biological aspects. This course will allow the students to develop a basic knowledge of cancer and to become acquainted with various techniques that are used to study cancer biology.

Course Objectives

  • To help the student develops a better understanding of cancer
  • To familiarize the student with the many aspects of cancer biology - for example, oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes, cancer genetics, tumorigenesis mechanism, metastasis, signal transducion in cancer development, and cancer treatment
  • To teach the student problem solving skills and how to think scientifically

The Biology of Cancer, Robert A. Weinberg, Garland Science (2007)


*Course content subject to change