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The Cell Biology & Regenerative Graduate Program (CBRM) seeks students with a strong interest and background in science and engineering, particularly cell biology, biochemistry, developmental biology and bioengineering. Students are offered comprehensive coursework, seminars, journal clubs and research discussion groups to further enrich their academic experience. The Graduate Program boasts an outstanding faculty and state-of-the-art research facilities, which offers students a wide range of exciting and advanced research opportunities. Students' research and education is supported through NIH training grants, endowed fellowships and investigator initiated research grants. Graduates of the CBRM program have successfully pursued career options both in academia and industry, with several obtaining faculty positions after post-doctoral training.  There are five major areas within the program:

  • Cancer Biology
  • Computational Biology & Systems Biology
  • Matrix Biology,  Musculoskeletal & Connective Tissue
  • Mitochondrial Metabolism & Pathology
  • Neurodegenerative Disorders & Vision
  • Tissue Engineering & Regenerative Medicine

Student Group

Student gathering

In 2016-2017, there are 23 PhD students and 5 MD/PhD students in the Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine Program.  A low student-to-faculty ratio is maintained to ensure an optimal learning environment for our students. The student body is diverse. There is a Graduate Student Association (GSA) that coordinates many cultural and recreational activities as well organizing community projects.


Prior to registering for their first academic year, each new graduate student meets with the Program Directors to determine an initial course of study.  First-year pre-doctoral students are also offered the opportunity to begin their training during the summer preceding registration for their first semester of classes.

The curriculum for the Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine (CBRM) Program consists of two parts. The first is an interdisciplinary core of courses, which each student is required to successfully complete. The second part is comprised of additional graduate courses deemed necessary by the student's research committee. These are not limited to courses offered through the CBRM Program, and may be selected from the course offerings available through any of our graduate programs.

A minimal requirement for the Jefferson College of Life Sciences is the successful completion of 180 total graduate credits, including research. Of these, there should be no less than 54 course credits of graduate course work, 26 of which must be outside the area of Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine. 

Students spend a substantial portion of their first year and part of their second year in course work.  A course in the Foundations of Biomedical Science, GC 550, is required of all incoming graduate students. This course provides a solid introduction to biochemistry, cell biology and genetics.  Program requirements include courses in cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, developmental biology and pathology. Advanced courses can be selected from either the CBRM program or other programs in the Jefferson College of Life Sciences.  Courses in Writing a Research Grant and Statistical Analysis are required of all graduate students at the University.

Contact Us

Dr. Nancy Philp
Co-Director, Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine Graduate Program
1020 Locust Street
Room 263A, Jefferson Alumni Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107-6799
Phone:( 215) 503-7854

Dr. Makarand Risbud
Co-Director, Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine Graduate Program
1015 Walnut Street
Suite 501, Curtis Building
Philadelphia, PA 19107-6799
Phone: (215) 955-1063

Danielle Park
Education Coordinator II
1020 Locust Street
Suite 336, Jefferson Alumni Hall
Philadelphia, PA 19107-6799
Phone: (215) 503-5791