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The Successes of Hard Work

Congratulate Zariel Johnson for her most rescent publications:

Y Hirose, Z Johnson,  Z Schoepflin, D Markova, , K Chiba, Y Toyama, I Shapiro, M Risbud. 2014 FIH-1-Mint3 Axis Does Not Control HIF-1α Transcriptional Activity in Nucleus Pulposus Cells. J. Biol. Chem. Jul 25;289(30):20594-20605.

Johnson, Zariel I., Shapiro, Irving M., Risbud, Makarand V., Extracellular Osmolarity Regulates Matrix Homeostasis in the Intervertebral Disc and Articular Cartilage: Evolving role of TonEBP, Matrix Biology (2014), doi:10.1016/j.matbio.2014.08.014.

Welcome New Students to the Cell & Developmental Biology Program


Lauren Langbein


Michael Vido


Elham Javed


Aditi Swarup

Good News


The Cell & Developmental Biology Program is pleased to announce and congratulate Zachary's  great score on his predoc MD/PhD (F30)NRSA. 

Off & Running

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Dr. Nancy Philp and Dr. M. Risbud invited the Cell & Developmental Biology students to an open forum of questions, answers and ideas.  Many students attended: Sara Bisetto, Zariel Johnson, Noro Antony, Hyowon Choi, Danielle DeCicco, Elizabeth Silagi, Maria Gubbiotti, Tony Chen and Aditi Swarup one of three students who is beginning the program in the fall. The students as well as the co-directors had a great time and felt that there will be good changes happening in the future of the Cell & Developmental Biology Program. 

Change of Command

The Cell & Developmental Biology Program has been honored to have Dr. J. Hoek as Interim Director.  Even with the responsibilities that he has within Thomas Jefferson University he stepped in when the program needed him the most.  There aren't enough words to THANK  him for his time over the last two years in the program.  Dr. Hoek is now passing on the responsiblity as director and is stepping down from his position as of July 1, 2014. 

The Cell & Developmental Biology's new Co-Directors are Dr. Nancy Philp and Dr. Mak Risbud.  We want to welcome them and introduce them to you.

Dr. Philp is a faculty member for the Cell and Developmental Biology Program.  She works with the graduate students as a mentor and professor.  Dr. Philp has worked with students in her lab toward their PhD as well as welcoming students conducting internships from the Cell & Developmental Biology Masters Program.  Her research and clinical interest is a combination of monocarboxylate transporters; CD147; retinal pigmment epithelium; retinal metabolism; glycolysis, and JAM-C.

Dr. Risbud is a Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery and is currently supervising several PhD and MD/PhD students in Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine (TERM) curricular track of Cell & Developmental Biology Program.  Major research focus of his lab is to study the mechanisms by which nucleus pulposus cells adapt to avascular (hypoxic) and osmotically compromising environment of the intervertebral disc.

The faculty, students and staff are looking forward to Cell & Developmental Biology and the  beginning of a new chapter in our graduate program.  Please feel free to WELCOME them to the program by emailing your good thoughts to

Dr. Robert Weinberg 2014 CDB Student Selected Distinguished Scientist Award

This was without a doubt an absolute honor to be graced by the presence of Dr. Robert Weinberg, Director, Ludwig Center for Molecular Oncology at MIT Professor of Biology, Department of Biology, MIT Founding Member, Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. 

The students shared a great deal of time with Dr. Weinberg talking about their projects and Dr. Weinberg sharing with them his life lessons.  

He spoke on "Cancer Stem Cells, the EMT and Malignant Progression".

For more information and pictures of this special day please connect to

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Block Party

In order to bring together Jefferson a block party was held with music, food, the Jefferson Family and Thomas Jefferson himself.  The new ONE has been established to cultivate a Jefferson through mission, vision, values and identity.  Everyone attending felt the enthusiasm as the party brought us all together with the hopes of a solid future for Jefferson.


2014 Sigma Xi

The event was held on April 2nd, 2014 Dorrance H. Hamilton Building Thomas Jefferson University 1001 Locust St. Philadelphia PA.  Students represented  their thesis interest with posters that are structured to show their research thus far as well as undergraduate students expressing their scientific goals. 

Sigma Xi Student Research Day is jointly sponsored by Thomas Jefferson University Chapter of Sigma Xi, the Scientific Research Society, Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences and Jefferson Medical College. For more information please contact Dr. Terry Freeman (215) 955-1068

Welcome Mito Care Center

The MitoCare Center is led by Gyorgy Hajnoczky, MD, PhD. Included in this advanced microscopy facility are Dr. Jan B. Hoek, Suresh K. Joseph, PhD, Gyorgy Csordas, MD and Erin L. Seifert, PhD.

The center is to help uncover the causes of mitochondrial disease-using leading-edge technology and researchers hailing from diverse disciplines. The center also plans to build an online resource for patients and physicians looking for more information about these diseases.

JeffNews; Winter/Spring 2014

Danielle DeCicco Travel Fellowship Award

Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences JGSBS Alumni Association Graduate Student Travel Fellowship, funded by the Alumni of the JGSBS.  This helps to fund the students to make presentations at scientific meetings or symposiums.

Danielle is conducting her thesis research under the mentorship of Dr. Raj Vadigepalli.  Danielle is interested in a dynamic regulation of microRNA networks in the brainstem underlying hypertension development.  We used bioinformatics and computational models to understand the network properties at play during the development of hypertension. Our findings provide novel microRNA candidate targets to prevent or revert hypertension.

The Cell & Developmental Biology wants to congratulate Danielle for all of her hard work and participation in the CDB program.


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