Training Opportunities

Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) is dedicated to training the next generation of cancer researchers. Our robust, research-intensive programs provide learning opportunities across the education continuum, from high school students beginning to explore cancer research to junior faculty launching their independent research careers.

We train more than 425 learners who work in the laboratories of our 202 Cancer Center members. HCI trainees come from across the United States and the world, underscoring HCI’s commitment to increasing diversity in the biomedical workforce. Our trainees make discoveries that reveal how cancer is established, grows, and spreads. They work to identify cancer’s vulnerabilities, and they educate the public about cancer prevention.

Our programs bring together clinical, basic, and population scientists, each group adding their unique perspective to provide a holistic view of cancer. HCI provides an educational foundation that supports our commitment to developing cancer researchers while generating the knowledge required to prevent and treat cancer.


Donald E. Ayer, PhD
HCI Director of Cancer Training Innovation

For Professionals

For Undergraduates

Graduate Study Programs

The University of Utah facilitates these graduate study programs in cancer:


Postdoctoral studies in cancer research opportunities are offered within the labs of Huntsman Cancer Institute Cancer Center members. Please contact labs directly to learn about available opportunities.

Other Opportunities

PathMaker Cancer Research Program for students with backgrounds underrepresented in the biomedical workforce

HCI Director of Cancer Training Innovation

Donald E. Ayer, PhD

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