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Focusing on research training — ranging from molecular and cellular physiology to human organ systems — aimed at reducing disease and improving the health of individuals

Program benefits

  • Ranked in the top ten by the National Research Council
  • Pursue your interests in numerous areas of study
  • Use a variety of disease models and approaches spanning cells to humans
  • Faculty who hold primary appointments in many different departments
  • Your choice of studying at one of two Penn State campuses
  • Outstanding research facilities at both campuses to train and support students
  • Begin developing your own portfolio of innovative research

Two campuses to choose from

  • University Park (Penn State’s “main” campus)
  • Hershey (home of the Penn State College of Medicine and the Milton S. Hershey Medical Center)

Financial aid

All applicants are automatically considered for financial support. However, financial support is awarded preferentially to students pursuing a PhD degree.

Students receiving financial support (stipend plus tuition grant-in-aid) will be funded for their full period of study (including summer semesters), provided they remain in good standing and maintain satisfactory progress.

Faculty Spotlight
Associate Professor, Pharmacology
Physiology graduate students talk about the program and why they like it. Read the transcript.
People eat more breakfast cereal, by weight, when flake size is reduced, according to Penn State researchers including Barbara Rolls, who showed that when flakes are reduced by crushing, people pour a smaller volume of cereal into their bowls, but still take a greater amount by weight and calories. Cereal flake size influences calorie intake - Full article
Huck Institutes faculty researchers Ottar Bjørnstad, Margherita Cantorna, and Joan Richtsmeier are among the eight Penn State faculty members recently named distinguished professors. Three Huck Institutes faculty among eight named distinguished professors - Full article
Tiny protein motors in cells can steer microtubules in the right direction through branching nerve cell structures, according to Huck Institutes faculty researchers Melissa Rolls and Will Hancock and graduate student Yalei Chen. Experiments show hypothesis of microtubule steering accurate - Full article
Upcoming events
Apr 25, 2014 Friday 11:00 AM
Dion Zappe (Novartis Pharmaceuticals)
The Challenges of Clinical Research Today: Bringing Novel Medical Therapies to he Health Care Practitioner While Also Demonstrating Improvements in the Standard of Care