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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 70 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
· Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
· Columbia University Herbert Irving Comprehensive Cancer Center
· Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
· Duke University
· Drexel University College of Medicine
· Fox Chase Cancer Center
· Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
· Institute for Protein Innovation
· Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
· Rutgers University
· Thomas Jefferson University
· University of California Los Angeles, School of Medicine
· University of Minnesota
· University of Pennsylvania Center for Innovation
· University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine
· Vanderbilt University Medical Center

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

Biotech and Pharmaceutical Companies
· Alcon
· Absorption Systems
· BioTek Instruments
· Biomeme
· Boehringer Ingelheim
· Carisma Therapeutics
· Castle Creek Biosciences
· CellOxess
· EMD Serono
· Eurofins Scientific
· Fishawack Group of Companies
· Genewiz
· GlaxoSmithKline
· Illumina
· Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson
· Merck & Co.
· Opentrons Labworks
· Pharmaceutical Product Development
· Quest Diagnostics
· Rockland Immunochemicals
· Sana Biotechnology
· Spark Therapeutics
· Tmunity Therapeutics Incorporated
· UCB

 
News and Announcements
 

MCBG/Cancer Bio Graduate Programs Seminar Series Spring 2023

  • Every Thursday at 1 p.m.
  • External speakers and first two weeks will be Zoom only. All other seminars will be hybrid (in person & Zoom).
  • In person seminars will be held in NCB, Geary A Auditorium.
  • All students must attend seminar. Only allowed to miss three seminars per year.
  • Contact Eishi Noguchi, PhD at en34@drexel.edu for meeting ID and password.

Learn more about the Spring 2022 Seminar Series.

Christian Sell, PhD

2021-2022 Faulty Highlight Christian Sell, PhD

Christian Sell, PhD was awarded an R01 grant for his project “The Novel Longevity Enhancing Pathways Regulated by mTOR.” Inhibitors of the mTOR pathway are among the most promising interventions to target age-related dysfunction. However, there is a critical need to further define the pro-longevity effects to facilitate clinical development of mTOR inhibitors. The overarching goal of this research program is to develop a mechanistic understanding of novel downstream targets of rapamycin, in order to facilitate safer and more effective strategies to promote healthy aging.
Read more.

Seena Ajit, PhD

2021-2022 Faulty Highlight Seena Ajit, PhD

Dr. Ajit was awarded an R01 grant for her project “Small extracellular vesicles mediated signaling and pain.” The studies outlined in this proposal were based on findings from her previous R01 grant investigating the role of small extracellular vesicles (sEVs) in mediating neuropathic pain. Read more.

Carly DeAntoneo, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Program

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award

Carly DeAntoneo received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31, Diversity) from the National Institute of Allergy & Infectious Diseases (NIH-NIAID) for their project "Reovirus Z-RNAs activate ZBP1 dependent necroptosis." Carly's mentor is Siddhartha Balachandran, PhD (Fox Chase Cancer Center).

Honors at Discovery Day 2022

Alexa Cannon (Mentor: Jonathan Chernoff) gave a platform presentation at Drexel Discovery Day 2022.

Alexa Cannon (Mentor: Jonathan Chernoff) gave a platform presentation at Drexel Discovery Day 2022.

Tara Fortino, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Program

Tara Fortino received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31) from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NIH-NINDS).
Mentor: Michael Lane, PhD (Department of Neurobiology & Anatomy)
Project title: "Tailoring Neural Transplants for Cervical Spinal Cord Repair"

Emily Esquea, Molecular and Cell Biology and Genetics Program

Emily Esquea received Administrative Supplements to Promote Diversity in Health-Related Research from the National Cancer Institute (NIH-NCI)
Laboratories: Mauricio Reginato, PhD (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology)

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

Welcome New PhD Candidate

Theodore Gurrola has successfully transitioned into the MCBG PhD Program at Drexel University College of Medicine. Ted will be conducting his PhD research in the laboratory of Brian Wigdahl, PhD, Department of Microbiology & Immunology.

Stephano Iglesias, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics

Alumni Note

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.

Manali Potnis, Molecular & Cell Biology & Genetics student

Women in Medicine and Science Committee

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 Christian Sell, PhD (Department of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine)

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

DNA Damage, Mutation, and Cancer Gordon Research Conference

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 Eishi Noguchi, PhD (Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology).

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.

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