Molecular Oncology and Tumor Immunology


The Molecular Oncology and Tumor Immunology (MOTI) Program offers unique training at the interface between cancer biology and immunology, focusing on both cancer biology and tumor immunology. Coursework provides students with a solid foundation in all aspects of modern cancer biology, the immune system, and the interrelationship between the two disciplines, with an emphasis on molecular, genetic, cell biological, and pathophysiological aspects of cancer and immunity, as well as translational discovery and clinical cancer biology.

Research projects in the program emphasize the study of animal models and human disease as well as molecular genetic and cell biological approaches. Laboratory research opportunities run the gamut of basic studies of cancer cell biology, such as cell cycle control, the function of oncogenes and tumor suppressors, regulation of protein degradation, maintenance of genome and chromosomal integrity, analysis of the nature and function of cancer stem cells, and regulation of gene expression and signal transduction pathways; basic studies of tumor progression over a wide range of cancer models including breast, prostate, bladder, and pancreatic cancer, melanoma, neuroblastoma and leukemias; and more applied approaches to cancer and immunity, such as targeted tumor cell killing, tumor gene therapy, production of anti-tumor vaccines, and immunological and molecular approaches to cancer therapy.

The program brings together investigators from across the NYU School of Medicine, who employ cutting edge tools of molecular biology and genetics, sophisticated imaging technologies, and genomewide genetic, chemical, and proteomic analysis of cancer and immunity.


David Levy
Tony Huang
David Levy, PhD
Program Director
Dr. Louis A. Schneider Professor of  Pathology 
Tony Huang, PhD
Graduate Advisor
Associate Professor of Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology

Sample Courses

  • Topics in Molecular Biology
  • Molecular Oncology
  • Introduction to Biostatistics & Bioinformatics
  • Translating Cancer Discovery into Clinical Practice
  • Grant Writing
  • Scientific Integrity and the Responsible Conduct of Research
  • *Tumor Immunology Track 
    Introduction to Immunology Advanced Immunology Work in Progress (WIP)

    ** Cancer Biology Track 
    Survey of Immunology or Introduction to Immunology Principles of Protein Modifications in Health and Disease or Molecular Pathology in the OMICS era Work in Progress

Recommended Elective Courses

  • Molecular Virology
  • Stem Cell Biology