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2013-2014 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Cell and Molecular Biology – DO/PhD


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USciences has partnered with the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM) to offer a combined doctor of osteopathic medicine (DO)/PhD cell and molecular biology degree. The degree is designed to train physician scientists to perform fundamental research on human health issues, speed translational research to clinical practice, or develop related approaches. The degree consists of a 2-3-2 model of education, combining two years of medical education, three years of research in the cell and molecular biology PhD program resulting in a body of novel and significant research that is defendable as a completed dissertation, and two years of clinical experiential education; students in this degree program must complete the PhD degree requirements before proceeding to the clinical experience. Students may choose a mentor from among the graduate faculty members of the Department of Biological Sciences or affiliated faculty members at PCOM. Applicants for this program must apply directly to PCOM for the DO program and be judged to be acceptable for DO education prior to admission for the combined DO/PhD degree track.

Electives


The courses required consist of the requirements of the first two years of the DO education, the core courses outlined above, a minimum of 20 credits of doctoral research, and electives that complete the required number of credits or as directed by the Research Advisory Committee. The PhD portion of this degree program follows the policies established for other graduate degree programs at USciences including those that specifically refer to the DO/PhD degree option.

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:

Faculty – Graduate Biological Sciences Programs


John R. Porter
BS (Pittsburgh State, Kansas); PhD (Montana)
Professor of Biology
Research Professor of Pharmacognosy
Director, Biology Graduate Programs

Phone: 215.596.8917
E-mail: j.porter@usciences.edu
Research: genetics 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 (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 (Rhode Island)
Professor of Pharmacognosy
Research Professor of Medicinal Chemistry
Phone: 215.596.8915
E-mail: a.dermar@usciences.edu
Research: bioactive and immunoregulatory substances from natural sources; PCR typing of medicinal plants; nutraceuticals

James R. Johnson
BS (Auburn); PhD (Duke)
Associate Professor of Biology
Coordinator, BS in Microbiology
Phone: 215.596.8521
E-mail: j.johnso@usciences.edu
Research: molecular mechanisms regulating gene expression and gene product function; analysis of protein factors and DNA structures that regulate gene activity in E. coli K12 and Staphylococcus aureus; microbial sulfur metabolism

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

Zhijun Li
BS, MS (Tsinghua, China); PhD (Vanderbilt)
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

Vandana Ahuja Miller
BS (Hindu College); MD (Lady Hardinge, India)
Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.596.7591
E-mail: v.miller@usciences.edu
Research: regulation of purine signaling through expression of extracellular enzymes during maturation and activation of phagocytic cells

Suzanne K. Murphy
BA (Rosemont); PhD (Hahnemann) 
Professor of Biology
Interim 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 (Phila University); PhD (Drexel)
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 (Delaware); PhD (Penn State)
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

Bela Peethambaran
BTech (St. Xavier’s, India); MS (Gujarat University, India); PhD (Mississippi State)
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

Robert A. Smith
BS, MS (Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science)
Distinguished Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.596.8918
E-mail: r.smith@usciences.edu
Research: plant tissue culture for secondary metabolite production; plant tissue culture models of organogenesis and embryogenesis 

Affiliated Faculty

Natalia Coleman
BS, MS, PhD (St. Petersburg Agrarian University, Russia)
Research Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.596.7592
E-mail: n.colema@usciences.edu

Melissa G. Marko
BS (Penn State); MS, PhD (Tufts)
Assistant Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.596.7437
E-mail: m.marko@usciences.edu

Gilbert L. Zink
BS, MS, PhD (Ohio State)
Associate Professor of Biology
Phone: 215.596.8520
E-mail: g.zink@usp.edu

Adjunct Faculty

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

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