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2016-2017 University Catalog 
    
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cell Biology and Biotechnology – Master of Science (Professional)


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The objectives of the MS professional degree option are to provide each student with opportunities to:

  • Develop skill and knowledge in the fundamentals and practice of cell biology, biotechnology, and molecular biology.
  • Develop knowledge and skills in the principles of management and business practice within the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries.
  • Demonstrate an improving set of oral and written presentation skills for communication of research results and material relevant to business and management practice.
  • Develop competence and proficiency in acquisition and interpretation of the literature relevant to the program disciplines.

Electives


Courses from other programs may be elected with permission of the program director; it is the responsibility of the student to fulfill course prerequisites. MS students may take up to 6 didactic credits from undergraduate courses at the 300 or 400 level. MS students must complete at least 3 credits at the 800 level. Program electives include:

In addition to the program core outlined above, these students will complete the following courses in the MBA program:


Elective(s) from the cell biology and biotechnology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, biophysics, or MBA programs will be chosen to total 38 credits.

Footnote:


Students pursuing the MS professional degree option may choose PB 731 - Business Statistics  to satisfy the program statistics requirement.

Faculty – Graduate Biological Sciences Programs


John R. Porter
BS (Pittsburg State University); PhD (University of Montana)
Professor of Biology
Research Professor of Pharmacognosy
Director, Biology Graduate Programs
Phone: 215.596.8917
E-mail: j.porter@usciences.edu
Research: molecular biology of plant-microbe interactions; cytotoxic and antimicrobial natural plant products; plant tissue and cell culture; molecular biology of biosynthetic pathways

Peter B. Berget
BS, PhD (University of Minnesota)
Professor of Biological Sciences
Chair, Department of Biological Sciences
Phone: 215.596.7417
E-mail: p.berget@usciences.edu
Research: discovery, engineering, and development of single-chain variable fragment antibodies that can be used as intracellular and extracellular biosensors of gene, pathway, and metabolic activity; molecular biology, cell culture, microbiology, and biochemistry techniques

Ara DerMarderosian
BS, MS (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy); PhD (University of Rhode Island)
Professor Emeritus of Pharmacognosy
Research Professor Emeritus of Medicinal Chemistry
Phone: 215.596.8915
E-mail: a.dermar@usciences.edu

Jason Heindl
BA (Amherst College), PhD (Harvard University)
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
E-mail: j.heindl@usciences.edu
Research: Agrobacterium tumefaciens

Stacey A. Gorski
BS (University of the Sciences), PhD (University of Virginia)
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Phone: 215.596.8520
E-mail: s.gorski@usciences.edu
Research: mechanisms of lung repair following infection with respiratory viruses, such as influenza; immune responses to viruses; host immune response mechanisms; innate immune cell types, such as macrophages, neutrophils and innate lymphoid cells.

Christopher Janetopoulos
BS (Augustana College); PhD (Texas A & M University)
Associate Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.895.3118
E-mail: c.janetopoulos@usciences.edu
Research: The establishment and maintenance of  polarity during migration and  cell division. Techniques: Molecular biology, biochemistry, high-end fluorescence microscopy and advanced microfluidic techniques in single and multi-cellular organisms.

Margaret R. Kasschau
BA (University of Rochester); MS, PhD (University of South Carolina)
Professor Emeritus of Biology
E-mail: m.kassch@usciences.edu

Zachary Klase
BS (Rutgers University); PhD (George Washington University)
Assistant Professor of Biology
E-mail: z.klase@usciences.edu
Phone: 215.596.8521
Research: human immunodeficiency virus (HIV-1) pathogenesis; control of viral transcription, interaction with the human immune system and the effect of RNA interference on viral replication.

Zhijun Li
BS, MS (Tsinghua University, China); PhD (Vanderbilt University)
Associate Professor of Bioinformatics
Phone: 215.596.7539
E-mail: z.li@usciences.edu
Research: use of computational and bioinformatics methods to generate and analyze three-dimensional structures of protein molecules and to gain insight into protein sequence, structure, and function relationships; the leveraging and combining of a broad range of computational techniques that tackle biological problems in multiple dimensions

Suzanne K. Murphy
BA (Rosemont College); PhD (Hahnemann University) 
Professor of Biology
Dean, Misher College of Arts and Sciences
Director, Pre-Health Professions Programs

Phone: 215.596.8921
E-mail: s.murphy@usciences.edu
Research: analysis of expression of the ras oncogene; perturbations in signal transduction pathways and expression of heat shock proteins

Kenneth Myers
BS (Philadelphia University); PhD (Drexel University)
Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.596.7531
E-mail: k.myers@usciences.edu
Research: microtube dynamics of endothelial cells in branching and directed motility; interactions with the extracellular matrix; high-resolution light and fluorescence microscopy

Dana Pape-Zambito
BA (University of Delaware); PhD (Pennsylvania State University)
Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 267.295.3173
E-mail: d.zambito@usciences.edu
Research: breast cancer initiation and progression; mammary gland development and lactation; influence of endocrine disrupter hormones

Margaret Pearce
BS (Le Moyne College), PhD (SUNY Upstate Medical University)
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
E-mail: m.pearce@usciences.edu
Research: neuroscience

Bela Peethambaran
BTech (St. Xavier’s College, India); MS (Gujarat University, India); PhD (Mississippi State University)
Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.596.8923
E-mail: b.peethambaran@usciences.edu
Research: plant metabolic engineering for antioxidant and bioactive compound production; manipulation of plant signaling pathways to enhance stress responses; anti-cancer activities of plant extracts

C. Nicole Sunnen
BS (University of Guelph, Canada); PhD (Baylor College of Medicine)
Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences
Phone: 215.596.7420
E-mail: c.sunnen@usciences.edu
Research: molecular mechanisms of neurodevelopment and disease; epilepsy; STEM education

Adjunct Faculty

Joseph Betz, PhD
Adjunct Associate Professor of Cell Biology and Biotechnology

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