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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

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.



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



Department Faculty

Christopher Adams, PhD portrait

Christopher Adams, PhD

Professor of Anatomy

Phone: 215-871-6534


Olayinka Afolayan-Oloye, MD portrait

Olayinka Afolayan-Oloye, MD

Associate Professor of Pathophysiology

Phone: 215-871-6426


Meejin Ahn, DO portrait

Meejin Ahn, DO

Assistant Professor

Phone: 215-871-6544


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


Marcus Bell, PhD portrait

Marcus Bell, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology

Phone: 215-871-6834


Ruth Borghaei, PhD portrait

Ruth Borghaei, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Phone: 215-871-6454


Arturo Bravo Nuevo, PhD portrait

Arturo Bravo Nuevo, PhD

Associate Professor of Neuroscience

Phone: 215-871-6345


David Cavanaugh, BS portrait

David Cavanaugh, BS

Instructor of Anatomy
Director Gross Anatomy Laboratory

Phone: 215-871-6530


Qian Chen, PhD portrait

Qian Chen, PhD

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

Phone: 215-871-6153


Kerin Claeson, PhD portrait

Kerin Claeson, PhD

Director of Policy Formation and Metrics Development
Professor of Anatomy

Phone: 215-871-6526


Farzaneh Daghigh, PhD portrait

Farzaneh Daghigh, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry

Phone: 215-871-6449


Marina D’Angelo, PhD portrait

Marina D’Angelo, PhD

Professor of Anatomy

Phone: 215-871-6525


Mindy George-Weinstein, PhD portrait

Mindy George-Weinstein, PhD

PCOM Chief Research and Science Officer
Member, Board of Trustees - Faculty Representative

Phone: 215-871-6654


Frederick Goldstein, PhD, FCP portrait

Frederick Goldstein, PhD, FCP

Professor of Clinical Pharmacology

Phone: 215-871-6859


Richard Gonzalez, PhD portrait

Richard Gonzalez, PhD

Associate Professor

Phone: 215-871-6938


Cathy Hatcher, PhD portrait

Cathy Hatcher, PhD

Professor of Physiology

Phone: 215-871-6527


Michelle Kanther, PhD portrait

Michelle Kanther, PhD

Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Phone: 215-871-6864


Kelsey Kjosness, PhD portrait

Kelsey Kjosness, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Phone: 215-871-6829

Jocelyn Lippman-Bell, PhD portrait

Jocelyn Lippman-Bell, PhD

Director of Biomedical Science Master's Program Research Concentration
Associate Professor of Neurobiology and Pharmacology

Phone: 215-871-6634


Christopher Scott Little, PhD portrait

Christopher Scott Little, PhD

Associate Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Phone: 215-871-6882


Allison Machnicki, PhD portrait

Allison Machnicki, PhD

Assistant Professor of Anatomy

Phone: 215-871-6164


Michael McGuinness, PhD portrait

Michael McGuinness, PhD

Professor of Anatomy

Phone: 215-871-6524


Heather Montie, PhD portrait

Heather Montie, PhD

Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology & Pharmacology

Phone: 215-871-6361


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Minal Mulye, PhD

Associate Professor

Phone: 215-871-6868


Philip Reno, PhD portrait

Philip Reno, PhD

Professor of Anatomy

Phone: 215-871-6749


Mei Xu, MD, PhD portrait

Mei Xu, MD, PhD

Professor of Anatomy and Neurobiology

Phone: 215-871-6520


Lindon Young, PhD portrait

Lindon Young, PhD

Professor of Microbiology and Immunology

Phone: 215-871-6832


Dianzheng Zhang, PhD portrait

Dianzheng Zhang, PhD

Professor of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Phone: 215-871-6588


Contact Us

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