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Molecular Medicine

Please Note: Program Changes

The Molecular Medicine program is now an emphasis area within Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences and is not accepting students for fall 2015; please go to the Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences site to learn more about this new program and apply.

Molecular Medicine

An interdisciplinary program providing in-depth training and research in the biomedical sciences, with a focus on the molecular and cellular basis of human and animal disease and identifying molecular targets for disease prevention and therapy

Program overview

Molecular Medicine offers rigorous training and research opportunities focused on mechanisms and treatment of disease.  As a Molecular Medicine graduate student you will:

  • Rotate in 3 research labs chosen from a world class faculty your first semester before choosing a research mentor.
  • Take Core Courses that focus on basic biochemistry and molecular biology of the cell, pathobiology of human disease, and molecular concepts in the analysis of diseases.
  • Choose from a substantial number of Elective Courses in conjunction with research mentor that allow you to develop your own curricula based on research focus.
  • Be exposed to multiple research areas through invited speaker seminars and research presentations as well as on campus research symposia, conferences and workshops.
  • Have access to Penn State's state-of-the-art microscopy, mouse, metabolomics, proteomics and bioinformatics facilities.
  • Have the necessary training and research experience for jobs in research, teaching and regulatory positions in academia, government, private research institutions and pharmaceutical companies.

Faculty research interests include:

  • Cancer Biology and Therapeutics: research focus on critical signaling pathways and molecules in cancer development, metastasis and treatment using cutting edge molecular and genomic methods and animalmodels of cancer.
  • Autoimmune and Inflammatory Disease: research focus on allergic asthma and other autoimmune diseases such as diabetes, multiple sclerosis, and inflammatory bowel disease at the cellular and molecular level.
  • Neurological and Neuropsychiatric Disorders: study of the molecular cellular and system wide function of the nervous system with emphasis on understanding mechanisms of disorders such as Alzheimer's, autism, epilepsy, depression and schizophrenia.
    Bernhard Luscher Gong Chen Santhosh Girirajan Yingwei Mao
  • Diabetes and Metabolic Disease
  • Infectious Disease: research focus on the mechanisms of infection, transmission and therapy of viral, bacterial and parasitic pathogens, and the response of the host to infection.

Recent publications from Molecular Medicine faculty:

Faculty Spotlight
Professor and Head of Biology
Immunology and Infectious Diseases Ph.D. candidate Emily Finch and faculty researcher Dr. Sandeep Prabhu study relationships between diet and disease. Video profile: Emily Finch & Sandeep Prabhu - Full article
Research-to-startup program helps build entrepreneurship among scientists including Huck Institutes faculty researchers Tony Jun Huang and Gong Chen. Ben Franklin's TechCelerator turns promising research into startups with promise - Full article
Working with the ScholarSphere — essentially a gigantic MRI on stilts — Scott Showalter is moving closer to the biomedical breakthrough he so desires: to help find a cure for cancer. Scientist uses giant spectrometer to search for cure for cancer - Full article
The new Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Biosciences (MCIBS) graduate program merger aims to increase integration and flexibility for life sciences students. Announcing MCIBS – a new life sciences graduate program - Full article