Training Leaders in Biomedical Research
The Penn State Biomedical Sciences (BMS) PhD Program, with its options in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics, Translational Therapeutics, Cellular and Integrative Physiology, and Virology and Immunology, is a nationally and internationally recognized interdisciplinary graduate program that provides students curricular and research training with a unique focus on human health and disease.
Students receive rigorous training that provides the skills necessary to be leaders in biomedical research and other endeavors including business, education, law, journalism, and public policy.
About the Program
Students in the BMS Graduate Program have the ability to choose among four curricular tracks:
- Biomedical Sciences
- Option in Biochemistry & Molecular Genetics
- Option in Translational Therapeutics
- Option in Cellular and Integrative Physiology
- Option in Virology & Immunology
The program offers extensive flexibility to tailor curriculum and dissertation research to each individual student’s interests.
With the research emphasis of the program, students also participate in research rotations in at least three laboratories during the first year before choosing the laboratory for their dissertation research.
Recent Publications by Students
- Inhibition of diverse opportunistic viruses by structurally optimized retrograde trafficking inhibitors.Desai D, Lauver M, Ostman A, Cruz L, Ferguson K, Jin G, Roper B, Brosius D, Lukacher A, Amin S, Buchkovich N. Bioorg Med Chem 2019 May 1;27(9):1795-1803
- Cross-talk between N-terminal and C-terminal domains in stromal interaction molecule 2 (STIM2) determines enhanced STIM2 sensitivity.Emrich SM, Yoast RE, Xin P, Zhang X, Pathak T, Nwokonko R, Gueguinou MF, Subedi KP, Zhou Y, Ambudkar IS, Hempel N, Machaca K, Gill DL, Trebak M. J Biol Chem 2019 Apr 19;294(16):6318-6332
- Knocking down raptor in human keratinocytes affects ornithine decarboxylase in a post-transcriptional Manner following ultraviolet B exposure.Stump CL, Feehan RP, Jordan T, Shantz LM, Nowotarski SL. Amino Acids 2019 Apr 10 [Epub ahead of print]
- PARI (PARPBP) suppresses replication stress-induced myeloid differentiation in leukemia cells.Nicolae CM, O'Connor MJ, Schleicher EM, Song C, Gowda R, Robertson G, Dovat S, Moldovan GL. Oncogene 2019 Apr 9 : 10.1038/s41388-019-0810-x. [Epub ahead of print]
More About Penn State College of Medicine
What's New in Biomedical Sciences
Penn State College of Medicine strives to create the best culture of respect and inclusion for our students. A number of programs, services and facilities are available.
- Cognitive Skills Program
- Disability Services
- Harrell Health Sciences Library
- Office for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion
- Office for a Respectful Learning Environment
- Simulation Center
- Student Health
- Student Mental Health and Counseling
Penn State College of Medicine offers housing in its University Manor East or University Manor West apartments to full-time students, residents, postdoctoral scholars and visiting scholars.
Life in Hershey, PA
Penn State College of Medicine is located in Hershey, Pa., home of HersheyPark, a family theme park, and The Hershey Co., one of the largest chocolate manufacturers in the world. It's also home to diverse and delicious dining experiences, sports, concerts and entertainment.