University of California San Francisco
Helen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center

By Trainee Level

See the links below for suggestions of training opportunities based on your experience or current position.


HDFCCC Research Hub

Mock Study Sections - HDFCCC can provide a full red team review (peer or external). Please website for timeline.

Campus Council on Faculty Life – Offers professional development activities such as mentoring programs and wellness grand rounds.

Faculty Family-Friendly Initiative (3FI) – Information on the programs and resources for faculty to help balance the needs of career and family.

Center for Faculty Educators – Offers faculty development resources, educational skills workshops, and tools to advance educational research and innovation.

NIH K Awards – Provide scientists with support to further develop their cancer research careers.
Chan Zuckerberg Biohub Investigator Program – The Biohub is bringing together doctors, scientists, engineers, and technologists to embrace the challenge of conquering human disease. The Investigator Program is unrestricted, giving investigators the freedom to pursue their riskiest, most exciting ideas.
Parker Scholars - Invests in graduate students or researchers entering their first postdoctoral appointment who are focused on novel, high-impact projects that answer the most critical research questions in cancer immunotherapy.
Parker Bridge Scholars - Provides research support for senior postdoctoral investigators transitioning to a faculty position who are focused on novel, high-impact cancer immunotherapy research.
Parker Fellows - Provides investigators who have recently completed their MD or PhD with multi-year support to establish a laboratory or independent research program, and also gives them the tools and resources they need to do their best science.
Harold Amos Medical Faculty Development Program – Created to increase the number of faculty from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.
Professional Associations:




Breast Oncology Program

Neurologic Oncology

Pediatric Malignancies

Hematology Oncology

Gynecologic Oncology

Prostate Cancer

Global Cancer Program

Professional Associations



Tobacco Control Program


Office of Education & Training (OET)

  • Practice of Science Seminar Series – The topic of this series is the responsible conduct of research and is for T32 trainees only. The goal is to provide T32 trainees with a small, interactive RCR seminar and increased interaction with faculty. Occurs every 1 – 2 months and lasts 1 hour. Past topics have included pitfalls of science – translating academic observations to industry, scientific publication – perspective of an academic editor, and responsible authorship, publication and peer review. Check the Cancer Center’s event page for upcoming dates.
  • Postdoc Quarterly Professional Development Workshops – This workshop is to provide training to help postdocs prepare to move into faculty positions and managing their own lab. Check the Cancer Center’s event page for upcoming dates.
  • Oncology Drug Discovery & Development Workshop – November 8, 2019, 8:00am – 4:30pm. Teams will role-play a multidisciplinary drug development team attempting to bring a new chemical entity from the idea stage all the way to review by the FDA. To register click here.
  • Travel Grants – OET offers travel grants for postdoctoral fellows who do not otherwise have the means to attend a desired research meeting. Two grants are given each quarter. Each grant will fund up to $1500. Requests for applications will be posted on our home page and emailed. To be on this email list, please email

Professional Associations


  • UC President’s Postdoctoral Fellowship Program  – This program offers fellowships to outstanding scholars in all fields whose research, teaching, and service will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity at UC.
  • Making the Right Moves – A practical guide to scientific management for postdocs and new faculty – This book is a collection of practical advice and experiences from seasoned biomedical investigators and includes chapters on laboratory leadership, getting funded, project management, and teaching and course design.


Radiology Oncology
Neurological Oncology
Prostate Cancer
Professional Associations

Graduate Students

Prostate Cancer

PhDs - Cancer Center members are involved in most of our disease group programs. To get more info on being a PhD student in one of our programs please visit the Graduate Division’s website. For more information on the Cancer Center Programs click here

Professional Associations

Undergraduate Students


  • SF BUILD – is a collaboration between UC San Francisco (UCSF) and San Francisco State University (SFSU) to enhance diversity of the biomedical research workforce by transforming the teaching and research environments at SF State. The Cancer Control ProgramBreast Oncology, and Tobacco Control Program at the HDFCCC mentor these students and work with them on projects in their labs.

Prostate Cancer

Breast Oncology

  • UCSF Breast Care Center (BCC) Internship Program at the HDFCCC is a program in which recent undergraduates or post-baccalaureate graduates have the opportunity to gain 1-2 years of experience contributing to progress in basic science, clinical research, and patient care. 

Professional Associations

High School Students

Neurological Oncology

  • Oasis for Girls - Partners with young women of color aged 14-18 from under-resourced communities in San Francisco to provide a medical internship experience. For more information contact Marisa McFarlane

Office of Education & Training

  • CURE Internship - The CURE Internship is a paid opportunity for 10 rising African American and Latino high school juniors and seniors to spend two months at UCSF supporting cancer research. The internship is a partnership between the UCSF Early Academic Outreach Program and the Hellen Diller Family Comprehensive Cancer Center that provides to high school students with an exceptional scientific, health and medical environment to further their career interests but also the opportunity for students’ academic and professional development.

Professional Associations