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The Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics (MCBG) program is an interdisciplinary graduate program recognizing the need for highly trained scientists conversant across various disciplines.

The program provides a broad education-training program for graduate students interested in biomedical problems that cross disciplinary boundaries and offers the opportunity for students to choose from approximately 60 faculty in 10 different departments/centers to pursue their research interests. This program offers both MS and PhD degrees and focuses on the study of the structure, function and makeup of biologically important molecules within the context of the living cells. See our areas of research interest.

Our faculty are at the forefront of new advances in the biomedical sciences and new developments in techniques for understanding the genetic and molecular basis of developmental pathways and disease states such as cancer, aging, AIDS, malaria and neurological disorders. Consequently, students can pursue a diverse variety of projects that range from the design and development of new therapeutic treatment strategies to the characterization of the molecular mechanisms that underlie various cellular processes and diseases. This intensive and research-oriented program provides students with opportunities to perform cutting edge biomedical research employing multidisciplinary strategies. Learn more about our faculty.

Learn more about the curriculum for the Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics program.

Graduate Placement

Recent Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics program graduates are at:

  • Abington Jefferson Hospital
  • Accu Reference Medical Lab
  • Augusta University
  • Drexel University College of Medicine
  • Duke University
  • Fox Chase Cancer Center
  • Genisphere, LLC
  • Janssen Pharmaceuticals
  • Lankenau Institute for Medical Research
  • Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
  • New York Presbyterian Hospital/Weil Cornell Medical Center
  • ONCOVEDA Cancer Research Center
  • Public Health Research Institute/Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
  • The Scripps Research Institute
  • The Wistar Institute
  • Thomas Jefferson University
  • University of North Dakota
  • University of North Carolina
  • University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine

 
Upcoming and Recent Events
 

Discovery Day 2017 Winners
 

  • Zachary Bacigalupa (Mentor: Mauricio Reginato): Outstanding Platform Presentation (2nd place)
  • Andrew Matamoros (Mentor: Peter Baas): Outstanding Platform Presentation (Honorable mention)
  • Kelly Donovan (Mentor: Jane Clifford): Outstanding Senior Graduate Student Poster (1st place)
  • Jasmine Peake (Mentor: Eishi Noguchi): Outstanding Senior Graduate Student Poster (2nd place)
  • Micheal Owens (Mentor: Srinivas Somarowthu): Outstanding Junior Graduate Student Poster (3rd place)

See a complete listing of this year's Discovery Day winners.

All of the following events listed will take place at 1 p.m. in Geary Hall A, unless otherwise noted.

January 2017

January 5
Kristine Augustin, Biochemistry student (Jorns Lab, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

January 12
Lina Maciunas, Biochemistry student (Loll Lab, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

January 19
Zachary Schug, PhD, Assistant Professor
Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program, The Wistar Institute
Student Host: Zach Bacigalupa

January 26
Yi Guo, MCBG student (Clifford Lab, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

February 2017

February 2
Susan Janicki, PhD, Associate Professor
Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program, The Wistar Institute
Student Host: Kristie Augustyn

February 9
Elizabeth Upton, Biochemistry student (Loll Lab, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

February 16
Nina Latcheva, MCBG student (Marenda Lab, Department of Biology)

February 23
Neha Akella, Biochemistry student (Reginato Lab, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

February 28
Peter Michener, MCBG student (advisor: Dr. Mauricio Reginato), Masters Thesis Defense: "Identification of oncogene-dependent protein interactions with O-GlcNAc transferase"
3:00 p.m. at New College Building, Biochemistry Library, Room 11101

March 2017

March 2
Marisa Bartolomei, PhD, Professor of Cell and Development Biology, Co-Director, Epigenetics Program, University of Pennsylvania
Student Host: Nina Latcheva

March 9
Erica Matunis, PhD, Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Student Host: Patrick Williams

March 16
Andrew Matamoros, MCBG student (Baas Lab, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy)

March 23
Emila Arturo, Biochemistry student (Jaffe Lab, Fox Chase Cancer Center)

March 30
Jennifer Alexander, MCBG student (Cuckierman Lab, Fox Chase Cancer Center)

April 2017

April 6
Zhaolan Zhou, PhD, Associate Professor of Genetics, Department of Genetics, Center for Neurobiology and Behavior, University of Pennsylvania
Student Host: Nina Latcheva

April 6
Patrick Williams, MCBG student (Strochlic Lab, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

April 13
Charles Wang, Biochemistry student (Mazin Lab, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

April 27
Elda Grabocka PhD, Assistant Professor of Cancer Biology, Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center, Thomas Jefferson University
Student Host: Zach Bacigalupa

May 2017

May 4
Justin Cohen, MCBG student (Torres Lab, Department of Pathology)

May 11
Nicholas Duchemin, MCBG student (Bouchard Lab, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

May 18
Rotation Talks, First-year students (Michelle Swift, Madhuri Jayathirtha, Lorela Ciraku, Carlie Mendoza, Jake Hamilton, Michael Owens, Courtney Fesko)

May 25
Rotation Talks, First-year students (Danielle Piazza, Aurore Ravoninjohary, Rusia Lee, Klana Shahidi, Allysa Duffy, Jennifer Marcy, Shridhar Sangavi)

June 2017

June 1
Rotation Talks, First-year students (Sarah Broskin, Sophia Lisowski, Jennifer Koch, Mohamed Abdelbaset, Danyelle Paine, Anthony Bertuglia, Baicheng Lin, Andrea Rosenkranz)

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