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Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program - Molecular and Cellular Biosciences

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The Molecular and Cellular Biosciences cluster provides educational and research opportunities related to biochemistry and molecular biology within the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program at Temple University School of Medicine. The Molecular and Cellular Biosciences (MCB) cluster offers opportunities for PhD, MD/PhD and MS students to become skilled and creative research scientists, providing the tools to develop into independent researchers. Graduate training within the MCB cluster is focused on understanding the structure, function, and regulation of the essential molecules within cells, including proteins, nucleic acids, lipids, and carbohydrates, and to determine their role in the assembly and operation of major cellular entities including protein and enzyme complexes, cellular membranes, chromosomes, organelles, and operational targets for drugs and bioactive agents. The training emphasizes the integration of understanding of molecular structure and function of these at different levels of biological organization including molecules, cells and tissues. The focus of training is to combine basic molecular and cellular studies within a strong translational research emphasis.

In addition to the core curriculum, students are able to take several cluster-based elective courses including Enzymes and Proteins, RNA and Gene Expression, Molecular Physiology of Ion Signaling, and Biophysical Approaches to Research. Students are also expected to participate in the activities of MCB student seminar and journal clubs which currently include such topics as calcium signaling, caveolae, and musculoskeleton.

Students can select thesis advisors from more than 20 research laboratories. The research areas of the MCB faculty include cell signaling, growth and differentiation, cellular and molecular pharmacology, stem cells and regeneration, developmental biology, structural biology, membrane biophysics, metabolism, regulation of gene expression, and protein structure and function.

Such training will allow students to gain specialized knowledge and develop skills in cutting-edge molecular, cellular, biochemical, and biophysical technologies that will provide a crucial foundation for undertaking fundamental and translational investigation within the entire spectrum of biomedical research.



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Mary E. Abood, PhD

Raj Kishore, PhD
Tasuku Akiyama, PhD

Walter Koch, PhD

Mark Andrake, PhD * Warren D. Kruger, PhD *

Barrie Ashby, PhD

Satya P. Kunapuli, PhD

Eric A. Ariazi, PhD * T. Dianne Langford, PhD

Michael Autieri, PhD

Shuxin Li, PhD

Mark Black, PhD

Judith Litvin, PhD

Bettina Buttaro, PhD

Lee-Yuan Liu-Chen, PhD

Xiongwen Chen, PhD

Marc Monestier, MD, PhD
Seo-Hee Cho, PhD

Madesh Muniswamy, PhD

Eric T. Choi, MD

John Muschamp, PhD

Parkson Lee-Gau Chong, PhD

Alana O'Reilly, PhD *
Konstantinos Drosatos, PhD

Hemant Parekh, PhD

Nae Dun, PhD

Stephen Pilder, PhD

Greg H. Enders, MD, PhD * Richard Pomerantz, PhD

Satoru Eguchi, MD, PhD

Steven N. Popoff, PhD

John Elrod, PhD

A. Koneti Rao, MD

Arthur M. Feldman, MD, PhD

Victor Rizzo, PhD

Tanya Ferguson, PhD Matthew Robinson, PhD *

William Foster, MD, PhD

Heinrich Roder, PhD *

Gianluca Gallo, PhD Brad Rothberg, PhD
Stefania Gallucci, MD

Abdel Karim Sabri, PhD

Ana Gamero, PhD Bassel E. Sawaya, PhD

Kathleen M. Giangiacomo, PhD

Michael E. Selzer, MD, PhD

Lawrence E. Goldfinger, PhD

Wen-Hai Shao, PhD
Erica Golemis, PhD * Jonathan Soboloff , PhD
Xavier Grana, PhD Scott Shore, PhD
Charles Grubmeyer, PhD

Michael A. Sirover, PhD

Dale Haines, PhD George Smith, PhD

James Heckman, PhD

Young-Jin Son, PhD

Barbara Hoffman, PhD

Dianne Soprano, PhD

Elizabeth Hopper-Borge, PhD * Gareth Thomas, PhD

Steven Houser, PhD, FAHA

Douglas Tilley, PhD

Wenhui Hu, MD, PhD Alexander Tsygankov, PhD
Jian Huang, MD, PhD

Hong Wang, MD, PhD

Eileen Jaffe, PhD *

Marla R. Wolfson, MS, PhD

Liselotte Jensen, PhD

Xiao-Feng Yang, MD, PhD

Shin Kang, PhD M. Raza Zaidi, PhD
Kwang Chul Kim, PhD Yi Zhang, PhD
Seonhee Kim, PhD  
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