Sep 18, 2020  
2016-2017 University Catalog 
    
2016-2017 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cell and Molecular Biology – Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)


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The department offers a PhD degree option in cell and molecular biology. The degree is a research-focused degree in which the student completes a body of novel and significant research that will result in a written dissertation that is defended before the program faculty. The degree requires completion of 20 credits of courses and at least 20 credits of research. In addition, PhD students are expected to present the results of the research efforts in professional meetings and through publication. The objectives of the PhD program are to provide opportunities for each student to:

  • Develop skill and knowledge in the fields of cell biology, biotechnology, molecular biology, and related disciplines of bioinformatics, developmental biology, microbiology, or biophysics.
  • Initiate, conduct, and complete a research project that makes use of the knowledge and skills relevant to the program.
  • Demonstrate an improving set of oral and written presentation skills for communication of research results.
  • Develop competence and proficiency in acquisition and interpretation of the scientific literature relevant to the program disciplines.
  • Become skilled in the process of grantsmanship through courses and the faculty mentor opportunities and interaction.

Core Courses


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. PhD students must complete at least 6 credits at the 800 level. Program electives include:

In addition to the program core outlined above, the PhD students will complete the following courses:


Students who contemplate submission of proposals for extramural funding or participation in such research are highly recommended to complete BS 786 - Research Ethics  Credits: 1.

Footnote:


Required at the discretion of the program director.

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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