Anatomy - Message From the Director
The Anatomy Graduate Program provides a strong academic foundation in human anatomical sciences. The anatomy curriculum is comprised of integrated courses in gross anatomy, histology, embryology and neuroanatomy, with some classes taken with medical students. In addition there are core basic science classes taken with graduate students from all disciplines at the College of Medicine. Students have the unique opportunity to gain teaching experience in a medical school environment, and to conduct research under the mentorship of leading biomedical scientists.
The graduate program offers two independent tracks of study – both requiring hypothesis-driven research. The Master of Science program prepares students for further professional education (e.g., MD or DO) and/or advanced placement in research (e.g., NIH, pharmaceutical companies) and can be completed in twenty-two months. The doctoral program provides the research skills and knowledge required to secure faculty positions in universities, teaching hospitals and professional schools. The Anatomy Program also participates in the MD/PhD program at the College of Medicine.
Members of this interdisciplinary program have primary appointments in the Departments of Neural & Behavioral Sciences, Neurosurgery, Cell and Molecular Physiology, Orthopaedics and Rehabilitative Medicine, Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, and Surgery and are members of the Penn State Cancer Institute, Neuroscience Institute, and Bone and Joint Institute. Most of our faculty maintain active research laboratories with externally-funded projects, and are enthusiastic about their roles in mentoring and teaching graduate students. Research opportunities are multi-faceted and span basic science and translational medical research, with a focus on neurodegenerative diseases, stem cell biology, physiology, systems neuroscience, cognitive psychology, education, embryology, perinatal biology, and cancer.
Patricia J. McLaughlin, M.S., D.Ed.
Professor, Neural & Behavioral Science
Director, Graduate Program in Anatomy