The Department of Cellular and Molecular Physiology currently has 13 students in our labs. 5 students are currently enrolled in the Inter-college Graduate Degree Program in Physiology, 4 students are enrolled in the Biomedical Science Program, 2 students are in the Anatomy Program,1 student is in the MD/PhD program, and 1 student is enrolled in the PHS program. The students benefit immensely from a rich learning environment. Students, postdoctoral fellows, and faculty participate in research and journal clubs to foster professional interactions, critical thinking, and excellence in analytical and communicative skills. Graduates compete successfully for postdoctoral fellowships in first-class laboratories and go on to establish rewarding careers in academic, industrial, biotech, educational and other environments.
The facilities available to students are excellent due to a long history of support from Penn State University and national funding agencies. Most of the research funding is from the National Institutes of Health, with additional funding coming from the American Cancer Society, National Science Foundation, American Heart Association, and Juvenile Diabetes Foundation International.
Most members of the Physiology Program faculty also participate in the Biomedical Sciences and Neuroscience Graduate Programs, in addition to the MD/PhD program. These programs provide additional educational opportunities for students working with faculty.