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The Office of the Vice Dean for Research serves to support clinical and basic research activities, works with departments and interdisciplinary programs to develop and implement research, facilitates translational research and promotes mentoring to advance the training of physicians/scientists.

The vice dean for research steers and supports faculty research efforts, influencing opportunities for discovery by our medical and biomedical graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents and medical fellows. Noreen Robertson, DMD, associate vice dean for research, and Richard Huneke, DVM, MPH, executive director of University Laboratory Animal Resources, serve complementary missions within the Office of the Vice Dean to foster pre-clinical and clinical research within the institution. We are committed to bridging the superb clinical expertise and world-class research and educational capabilities of the medical school to enhance our progressive, high-quality medical education, scientific research and patient care.

The purpose of these web pages is to serve as a focal point for research at Drexel University College of Medicine. We are dedicated to providing research support to investigators. The links to the left will provide you with information and resources. Note that Drexel University's Office of Research provides certain administrative services for the Drexel University College of Medicine research program.

Q&A: Kenny Simansky, PhD, Vice Dean for Research, Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology


 
Featured Student Research
 

Chelsea Weldie, Drexel Drug Discovery and Development Program Student

Drug Discovery & Development Student Chelsea Weldie
"I'm in Dr. Michele Kutzler's lab. She researches HIV and C. diff, and I'm working in the C. diff portion. I was initially brought on to get some bench work time in because I didn't have any of that in my undergraduate experience. However, I am getting to use my health care administration background. I'm a data manager, so I look over the REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture), and I manage the program that we put all of our research data into. I work a lot with patient records, and I'm also starting to work in the epidemiology portion of the research. We're submitting a new grant in a couple of months, and I'm helping to write part of it." Read more about Chelsea.

Caitlyn Rice, Drug Discovery and Development Student

Drug Discovery and Development Student Caitlyn Rice
"I work with dopamine transporters. Previously, my lab worked with dopamine transporters to see how it interacts with cocaine. They were looking at different compounds to see whether they can decrease the affinity of cocaine from the binding area. They successfully found and identified one of these compounds. Right now, I’m looking at where those compounds are specifically binding to cocaine and how it is interacting with it. In the next few months, I’m going to be looking at this compound within animal models and see whether or not it decreases cocaine seeking." Read more about Caitlyn.

Eric Haljasmaa, Drexel Medical Science Program Student

Medical Science Student Eric Haljasmaa
"I'm in Dr. Bouchard's lab, where he works on hepatitis B. For my project, I'm working on creating a liver model that can be used in drug metabolism and liver infection studies. A model will allow us to infect cells so that we won't have to use as many animal models. A liver model would make research a lot easier and more cost efficient." Read more about Eric.

Drug Discovery and Development Student Jennifer Green

Drug Discovery and Development Student Jennifer Green
"I'm in Dr. Andréia Mortensen's lab in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology. We're working with a transporter in the brain and the glutamate system called EAAT2 - excitatory amino acid transporter 2. When you have too much extracellular glutamate, it sends too much excitatory signaling, which downstream can cause cell death. EAAT2 removes the extracellular glutamate to prevent this from happening in normal conditions. Dysfunction of EAAT2 is implicated in a lot of different diseases; right now, the lab is looking at stroke models, and we also have a student who's working in traumatic brain injury models with another lab over at the Queen Lane campus. It's also implicated in pain, epilepsy and a lot of other neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric disorders." Read more about Jennifer.


Meet Our Faculty - Jacqueline Barker, PhD

 
"The focus of my lab is on the neural circuits underlying learning and memory, so the normal processes by which we learn about contexts and contingencies and how we use and integrate that information to guide us through our day-to-day lives, as well as how those normal processes are dysregulated or disrupted in neuropsychiatric illness."

Learn more about Jacqueline

Jacqueline Barker, PhD

 
Research News & Announcements
 

Maya Rao, PhD, Publishes Article in Journal of Biological Chemistry

Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics PhD Maya Rao recently published "Interaction between the AAA+ ATPase p97 and its cofactor ataxin3 in health and disease: Nucleotide-induced conformational changes regulate cofactor binding" in the November issue of the Journal of Biological Chemistry. (February 2018)

Co-investigators to Study Anal Dysplasia Among HIV-Infected Individuals

A $25,000 grant for an HIV Cancer Pilot Award from the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center will support a collaborative investigation into the severity of anal dysplasia, which can lead to anal cancer, and its association with inflammation in HIV infection. (November 2017)

Discovery Day 2017 Winners

With topics ranging from HIV/AIDS to spinal cord injury and neuroengineering, more than 380 Drexel University College of Medicine students and scientists showcased original research at Discovery Day 2017 on Thursday, Oct. 12.

Drexel Researcher Wins STAT News Wunderkind Award

STAT — a Boston-based national publication focused on science and health news — has named Halley Oyer, PhD, one of the "brightest young minds in life science." Oyer is a College of Medicine postdoc working in the laboratory of Felix Kim, PhD. (October 2017)

Austin Coley Receives First Ever F99/K00 Fellowship from NIH/NINDS

Austin Coley, a neurobiology PhD student in the laboratory of Wen-Jun Gao, PhD, is the recipient of the first ever F99/K00 fellowship from the NIH National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. (September 2017)

Gut Instincts in Obesity Research: The Promising Work of Nicholas V. DiPatrizio, PhD '08

The obesity epidemic is a notoriously complex problem that has confounded researchers for decades, but Nicholas V. DiPatrizio, PhD '08, has uncovered a promising new connection. His findings suggest that the body's lipid messengers in the gut, known as the endocannabinoids, signal the brain to seek out fat-rich foods — and that too much of this signaling results in the addiction-like behavior of compulsive overeating. Drexel University College of Medicine Alumni Magazine (Spring/Summer 2017)

Medical Student Selected for National Physician-Scientist Career Development Award

Max Brodsky, a 2018 MD candidate at the College of Medicine, was recently selected by the American Society of Hematology as one of two students nationwide to receive the 2017-2018 ASH Physician-Scientist Career Development Award. (June 29, 2017)

Researchers Uncover New Instruction Manual to Repair Broken DNA

A College of Medicine study reveals an unexpected function of the homologous recombination protein Rad52 and may help to identify new therapeutic targets for cancer. (June 8, 2017)

Kenny Simansky, PhD - Vice Dean for Research

Kenny J. Simansky, PhD
Vice Dean for Research; Professor of Pharmacology & Physiology

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