Education & Training

PMI members organize courses and provide research training in muscle, cell motility, and the cytoskeleton through graduate programs in the School of Medicine, the School of Arts and Sciences, and the School of Engineering and Applied Science.

See below to learn more about our courses and research.

PMI graduate students are enrolled in one of the following programs: Biology, Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Bioengineering, Cell and Molecular Biology, Neuroscience, Physics.  To learn more about admissions to the Biomedical Graduate Studies program, see their website for more information.

PMI postdoctoral researchers are part of Penn’s vibrant training program sponsored by the Biomedical Postdoctoral Program (BPP).This training includes an emphasis on career development as well as personal development.  Please see the BPP website for more detailed information about training and education opportunities. 

For more information about postdoctoral opportunities, contact PMI members of interest directly, or send us your name, address, statement of research interests, and your current curriculum vitae.

NIH-Supported Training Program

Explore our vibrant Muscle Biology and Muscle Disease training program, supported in part by a T32 award from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 

Training in Advanced Technological Development

The development of new technologies, motivated by significant biological problems is a major emphasis of PMI.

Training in Cell Migration & Intracellular Transport

Members of the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute are using and developing state-of-the-art techniques to understand the molecular events required for the regulation of cell migration and intracellular transport.

Training in Mechanism & Regulation of Muscle Contraction

Members of the PMI are investigating the mechanisms cardiac, skeletal, and smooth muscle contraction and regulation.  They are discovering the fundamental science of contractility, and they are investigating the molecular basis of a range of muscle diseases.

Training in Structure/Function Studies of Molecular Motors

PMI members are determining the mechanisms by which cytoskeletal motors power motility, transport, and contraction at the atomic to cellular levels.

Training in Chromosome Segregation & Cell Division

PMI members are investigating how the cytoskeletal and cell cycle are coordinated to ensure the equal partitioning of genetic information.

Training in Muscle Pathologies & Therapies

PMI members investigate several muscle-based pathologies, including muscular dystrophy, inherited cardiomyopathies, and other neuromuscular diseases.

Training in Muscle Development & Myofibril Assembly

PMI members are using a multidisciplinary approach to discover important steps and mechanisms in muscle development and homeostasis in normal and diseased models.