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Department of Bio-Medical Sciences 
Philadelphia Campus

The mission of the Department of Bio-Medical Sciences is to provide our students with the skills and knowledge necessary to successfully pursue various career paths which include the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine and Master's in Biomedical Sciences.

Our faculty promotes and provides expert instruction within a learning environment that emphasizes critical reasoning in the basic sciences as it applies to medical, clinical, biotechnological and research applications.

We train and then validate that each student can successfully demonstrate the applications of his or her knowledge and skills in rigorous academic and professional settings. It is this training and validation that sets our Biomedical Sciences program apart, as our students develop a sense of confidence and purpose having experienced growth in a meaningful and personal manner.

Furthermore, our faculty provide research opportunities for all of our students as they are performing contemporary and cutting-edge research in the neurosciences, cardiovascular diseases, cancer, metabolic diseases and others.

Academic Programs

MS in Biomedical Sciences

Students receive training designed to increase professional and academic opportunities and facilitate their successful entry into their chosen career paths. The Biomedical Sciences program allows students the flexibility to concentrate in one of several professional areas and also offers a certificate of post-baccalaureate graduate study.

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Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (DO)

All instruction is delivered by experienced and accomplished faculty. Program curriculum includes clerkship participation at many of the finest teaching hospitals.

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Department Faculty

Christopher Adams, PhD portrait

Christopher Adams, PhD

Professor of Anatomy

Phone: 215-871-6534

Email: christopherad@pcom.edu

Denah Appelt, PhD portrait

Denah Appelt, PhD

Director of Dual Degree Programs and Biomedical Science Specialty Concentrations in
the School of Health Sciences
Professor of Neuroscience

Phone: 215-871-6164

Email: denaha@pcom.edu

Brian Balin, PhD portrait

Brian Balin, PhD

Director of the Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging - Basic Science
Professor of Neuroscience and Neuropathology

Phone: 215-871-6862

Email: brianba@pcom.edu

Marcus Bell, PhD portrait

Marcus Bell, PhD

Director, Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences
Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

Phone: 215-871-6834

Email: marcusbe@pcom.edu

Ruth Borghaei, PhD portrait

Ruth Borghaei, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Phone: 215-871-6454

Email: ruthb@pcom.edu

Arturo Bravo Nuevo, PhD portrait

Arturo Bravo Nuevo, PhD

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Phone: 215-871-6345

Email: arturobr@pcom.edu

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David Cavanaugh, BS

Instructor of Anatomy
Director Gross Anatomy Laboratory

Phone: 215-871-6530

Email: davidc@pcom.edu

Qian Chen, PhD portrait

Qian Chen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Physiology and Pharmacology

Phone: 215-871-6153

Email: qianch@pcom.edu

Kerin Claeson, PhD portrait

Kerin Claeson, PhD

Director of Policy Formation and Metrics Development
Professor of Anatomy

Phone: 215-871-6526

Email: kerincl@pcom.edu

Farzaneh Daghigh, PhD portrait

Farzaneh Daghigh, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry

Phone: 215-871-6449

Email: farzanehd@pcom.edu

Marina D’Angelo, PhD portrait

Marina D’Angelo, PhD

Professor of Anatomy

Phone: 215-871-6525

Email: marinada@pcom.edu

Kerin Fresa, PhD portrait

Kerin Fresa, PhD

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology
Associate Dean of Osteopathic Curriculum - Philadelphia Campus

Phone: 215-871-6864

Email: kerinf@pcom.edu

Frederick Goldstein, PhD, FCP portrait

Frederick Goldstein, PhD, FCP

Professor of Clinical Pharmacology

Phone: 215-871-6859

Email: fredg@pcom.edu

Cathy Hatcher, PhD portrait

Cathy Hatcher, PhD

Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

Phone: 215-871-6527

Email: cathyha@pcom.edu

Susan Hingley, PhD portrait

Susan Hingley, PhD

Interim Chair of the Department of Bio-Medical Sciences
Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Phone: 215-871-6854

Email: susanh@pcom.edu

Christopher Scott Little, PhD portrait

Christopher Scott Little, PhD

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Phone: 215-871-6882

Email: chrisl@pcom.edu

Michael McGuinness, PhD portrait

Michael McGuinness, PhD

Professor of Anatomy

Phone: 215-871-6524

Email: michaelmcg@pcom.edu

Heather Montie, PhD portrait

Heather Montie, PhD

Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology

Phone: 215-871-6361

Email: heathermon@pcom.edu

Philip Reno, PhD portrait

Philip Reno, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy

Phone: 215-871-6749

Email: philipre@pcom.edu

Katherine Van Winkle, MS portrait

Katherine Van Winkle, MS

Anatomy Lab Instructor

Phone: 215-871-6648

Email: katheriva@pcom.edu

Mei Xu, MD, PhD portrait

Mei Xu, MD, PhD

Associate Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Phone: 215-871-6520

Email: meixu@pcom.edu

Lindon Young, PhD portrait

Lindon Young, PhD

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Phone: 215-871-6832

Email: lindonyo@pcom.edu

Dianzheng Zhang, PhD portrait

Dianzheng Zhang, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Phone: 215-871-6588

Email: dianzhengzh@pcom.edu

Contact Us

Department of Bio-Medical Sciences - Philadelphia
4170 City Avenue
Philadelphia, PA 19131
Phone: 215-871-6850


Susan Hingley, PhD

Interim Chair, Department of Bio-Medical Sciences
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology
Email: susanh@pcom.edu
Phone: 215-871-6854

Beatrice Nace, BSW

Academic Coordinator
CCDA and Bio-Medical Sciences Department
Email: beatricen@pcom.edu
Phone: 215-871-6850

Sabrina Trapp, MBA

Academic Coordinator
Email: sabrinat@pcom.edu
Phone: 215-871-6880

Digshema James

Academic Coordinator
Email: digshemja@pcom.edu
Phone: 215-871-6529

Ross Adam

Academic Coordinator
Email: rossad@pcom.edu
Phone: 215-871-6542

Sharia Wolfe, MBA

Graduate Program Manager
Email: shariaro@pcom.edu
Phone: 215-871-6440

Sara Sabatino

Anatomy Lab Manager
Email: sarasa@pcom.edu
Phone: 215-871-6447

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