Cell & Molecular Biology Graduate Group


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From the Chair

The Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group (CAMB) is an interdisciplinary graduate program, providing rigorous training in modern cell and molecular biology. Within this integrated program are six discipline areas: Cell Biology, Physiology, and Metabolism, Cancer Biology, Developmental Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology, Gene Therapy and Vaccines, Genetics and Epigenetics, and Microbiology Virology and Parasitology. Program faculty include 331 scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine, the Schools of Arts and Sciences, Dental Medicine, and Veterinary Medicine, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, the Wistar Institute and Fox Chase Cancer Center. The research efforts of these extraordinary scientists are diverse in their focus, experimental system, methodology, and represent the leading edge of basic and translational biomedical science.

Currently, 321 graduate students from colleges and universities around the nation and the world are enrolled in the program. Students select one discipline area based on their scientific interests, yet have access to the full breadth of curricular and research opportunities provided by our large and diverse program. Our students participate in core courses in cell and molecular biology, specialized coursework in one or more discipline areas, and original hypothesis-driven thesis research. Upon completion of the PhD, they pursue successful research careers at top academic institutions, in the biotech and pharmaceutical industries, and in other biomedicine-related career paths.

Our mission is to provide an exceptional mentored training experience to every student, providing a foundation for successful careers as leaders in biomedical research. We welcome prospective students who are dedicated to the search for new knowledge.

Daniel S. Kessler, Ph.D.
Chair, Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Group

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The Student-Mentor Relationship

Our graduate students, their talent, and strong work ethic, are pivotal to the scientific research across CAMB. They bring a fresh approach to old problems, formulate novel questions and lines of inquiry, foster collaborations with labs in other parts of campus and beyond, and carry on the research as the next generation of scientific leaders. Here, Adam Wojno and Dr. Jean Bennett share with us their enthusiasm, a little bit about their research, their student-mentor relationship, and what they enjoy about doing science at Penn.

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