Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine


College of Life Sciences


Doctor of Philosophy


Center City


On Campus


4 - 5 Years

Contact Information

Program Director

Name: Ryan Tomlinson, PhD
  • Co-Director, Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine PhD Program
  • Associate Professor
Position: Department of Orthopaedic Surgery

Program Director

Name: Rajanikanth Vadigepalli, PhD
  • Co-Director, Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine PhD Program
  • Professor
Position: Department of Pathology & Genomic Medicine

Program Coordinator

Name: Danielle Park
Department: Jefferson College of Life Sciences
Organization: Jefferson

1020 Locust Street
M-46 JAH
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19107

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The PhD Graduate Program in Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine (CBRM) provides students with the background, training, and experience necessary to launch a career as an independent scientific investigator that significantly contributes to the advancement of human health. Faculty in our research program use the tools of molecular and cellular biology, tissue engineering, genetic animal models, advanced imaging techniques, bioinformatics, and computational modeling to uncover novel therapeutic strategies to address musculoskeletal injuries, tissue repair and regeneration, cardiovascular diseases, fibrosis, vision disorders, mitochondrial diseases, neurodegenerative conditions, and more.

Program Overview

The Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine (CBRM) program is seeking students with a strong interest and background in science and engineering, particularly cell biology, developmental biology, molecular biology, biomedical engineering, bioengineering, biochemical engineering, quantitative biology, and related fields. Students are offered foundational coursework in their first year followed by a combination of electives tailored to their research interests and career aspirations. Formal training in grant proposal and scientific writing as well as weekly research discussion groups complete the student research and academic experience.

The CBRM program brings together faculty members across disciplines to offer students opportunities to craft their thesis research in a vibrant scientific environment with state-of the-art facilities. Students' research and education is fully supported through NIH training grants, endowed fellowships, investigator-initiated research grants, or individual graduate fellowships. The students also receive financial support to present their research findings at regional, national, and international scientific conferences. Graduates of the program have gone on to successful research careers in both academia and industry.

There are five major research themes within the program:

  • Musculoskeletal Biology
  • Mitochondrial Metabolism & Pathology
  • Computational & Systems Biology
  • Neurodegenerative & Vision Disorders
  • Fibrosis & Matrix Biology

Student Group

A low student-to-faculty ratio is maintained to ensure an optimal learning environment for our students. The student body is diverse. The Graduate Student Association (GSA) coordinates many cultural and recreational activities, as well organizing community projects.