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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. Our curriculum and research activities are tailored to students’ needs and interests. 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:

Academic or Clinical Institutions (Postdoctoral Research Positions)
· Augusta University
· Cleveland Clinic
· Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
· Drexel University College of Medicine
· Duke University
· Fox Chase Cancer Center
· Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
· Lankenau Institute for Medical Research
· Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School
· Public Health Research Institute/Rutgers New Jersey Medical School
· Scripps Research Institute
· University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine
· University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine
· University of Texas Health Science Center
· Vanderbilt University
· Weill Cornell Medical Center
· Wistar Institute

Academic Institutions (Research or Administrative Positions)
· Seoul National University
· Thomas Jefferson University
· University of Minnesota

Academic Institutions (PhD Studies after MS completion)
· Drexel University College of Medicine
· Emory University
· Medical University of South Carolina
· Ohio State University
· University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine

Biotech and Pharmaceutical Companies (Scientist or Administrative Positions)
· Accu Reference Medical Lab
· Eurofins Lancaster Laboratories Environmental, LLC
· Genewiz, LLC
· Genisphere, LLC
· GlaxoSmithKline
· HarkerBIO, LLC
· Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
· Merck & Co
· The Fountain Group
· Wuxi AppTec

 
News and Announcements
 

Stephano Iglesias, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

Stephano Iglesias will start his PhD studies in the Biochemistry & Molecular Pharmacology PhD program at Thomas Jefferson University. Stephano has been conducting his MS research in the laboratory of Shae Padrick, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

Honors at Discovery Day 2019

  • Rebecca Holton (Mentor: Dr. Karen Berkowitz): Outstanding Senior Graduate Student Poster, 1st Place
  • Kritika Hanamshet (Mentor: Dr. Alexander Mazin): Outstanding Senior Graduate Student Poster, 2nd Place
  • Michelle Swift (Mentor: Dr. Jane Clifford): Outstanding Senior Graduate Student Poster, Honorable Mention

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

Manali Potnis, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics student

Manali Potnis has been serving as a student representative on the Women in Medicine and Science Committee (WIMSC). The mission of the committee is to support and promote the professional development, career advancement and leadership of women in medicine and science at Drexel University College of Medicine. WIMSC hosts seminars, networking events, and awards that focus on empowering women in science. The committee is currently headed by Dr. Karen Berkowitz. The multidisciplinary group includes scientists, physicians, technicians, and graduate student representatives. Members attend monthly meetings with agendas working toward increasing representation of women in science, a fair representation of women, and empowerment of minorities. Manali transitioned from the MS to the PhD program in July 2019, and is a student in the laboratory of Dr. Christian Sell (Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine); she .

Jasmine Peake, student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Jasmine Peake's presentation was selected as a top poster at the DNA Damage, Mutation, and Cancer Gordon Research Conference in 2020. She received the 2019 Outstanding Graduate Student Mentorship Award for her commitment to mentoring and supporting undergraduate and junior graduate students. She was also the College of Medicine finalist for the 2019 Drexel Common Good Award. Jasmine is a Southern Regional Education Board State doctoral fellow for the 2019 Institute on Teaching and Mentoring. Jasmine has been conducting her doctoral dissertation research in the laboratory of Dr. Eishi Noguchi (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology).

Sheila Longo, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program

Sheila Longo has received a Genetic Society of America (GSA) Grant Award for the 2019 Immersion Science Center Career Development Symposium. As a scientist instructor for the Immersion Science Program (ISP), Sheila trained high school students to engage in scientific research. Sheila also served as the point person for communication with GSA about the ISP symposium and wrote a press release for the GSA describing the ISP Classroom symposium event. Sheila is an MCBG graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Alana O'Reilly (Fox Chase Cancer Center).

Lindsay Steel, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Program

Lindsay Steel served as an instructor with the Immersion Science Program (ISP) at Fox Chase Cancer Center to train high school students in laboratory techniques. Lindsay also served on the ISP selection committee to review student applications for the research course. Lindsay also attended the ISP Career Development Symposium to support the high school students as they presented the research that they conducted in their high school science class with the ISP In-classroom training program. The symposium took place at the Franklin Institute in May 2019. Lindsay is an MCBG graduate student in the laboratory of Dr. Boris Polyak (Department of Surgery).

Pictured from left to right: Maggie O'Connor (MCBG MD/PhD Candidate); Samuel Flashner (MCBG PhD Candidate); Dr. James Allison (2018 Nobel Laureate and 2019 Benjamin Franklin Medal winner); Dr. Brad Jameson (Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology); Mitchel Parker (MCBG MD/PhD Candidate); Jasmine Peake (MCBG PhD Candidate); and Joseph Assali (MD Candidate).

Drexel graduate and medical students met Dr. James Allison, 2018 Nobel Laureate and 2019 Benjamin Franklin Medal winner. Pictured from left to right: Maggie O'Connor (MCBG MD/PhD Candidate); Samuel Flashner (MCBG PhD Candidate); Dr. James Allison; Dr. Brad Jameson (Professor, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology); Mitchel Parker (MCBG MD/PhD Candidate); Jasmine Peake (MCBG PhD Candidate); and Joseph Assali (MD Candidate).

Drexel Students Meet Nobel Laureate

Drexel graduate and medical students met with 2018 Nobel Prize winner Dr. James Allison to discuss his work, following his seminar entitled "Immune Checkpoint Blockade in Cancer Therapy: New Insights, Opportunities and Prospects for Cures." Dr. Allison's lecture at Drexel University was held in conjunction with his receipt of the 2019 Benjamin Franklin Medal in Life Sciences. Dr. Allison received the Nobel Prize in Medicine for work on immune checkpoint blockade as a treatment for cancer. He is credited with devising an entirely new approach to cancer therapy and saving many lives.

Jasmine Peake, student in the Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics program.

Jasmine Peake received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31-Diversity) from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIH-NIAAA).
Mentor: Eishi Noguchi, PhD, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology
Project title: "Roles of the Fanconi Anemia DNA Repair Pathway in Managing Acetaldehyde-induced Replicative Damage and Fork Stability in Esophageal Keratinocytes"

Andrew Matamoros, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics PhD student

Andrew Matamoros received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31-Diversity) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH-NINDS).
Laboratory: Peter Baas, PhD, Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy
Project title: "Microtubule-mediated nerve regeneration: Knocking down fidgetin, a microtubule severing protein, augments microtubule mass and axon regeneration"

Andrea Rosenkranz has successfully transitioned into the MCBG PhD Program at Drexel University College of Medicine. Andrea will be conducting her PhD research in the laboratory of Dr. Michael Bouchard, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

Alyssa Duffy - Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics MS Student

Alyssa Duffy will start her PhD studies in Cancer Biology Program at Emory University. Alyssa has been conducting her MS research in the laboratory of Dr. Eishi Noguchi, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

Baicheng Lin - Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics Student

Baicheng Lin will start his PhD studies in Biomedical Sciences Program at Medical University of South Carolina. Baicheng has been conducting his MS research in the laboratory of Dr. Eishi Noguchi, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

Michael Owens, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Student

Michael Owens will start his PhD studies in Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics Program at University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Michael has been conducting his MS research in the laboratory of Dr. Srinivas Somarowthu, Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology.

Shridhar Sanghvi, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Student

Shridhar Sanghvi will start his PhD studies in the Molecular, Cellular & Developmental Biology PhD program at the Ohio State University. Shridhar conducted his MS research in the laboratory of Dr. Harpreet Singh, Department of Pharmacology & Physiology.

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