Welcome to the Penn State Anatomy Graduate Program

The Program on Education in Human Structure at Penn State's College of Medicine offers training programs leading to Masters (M.S.) or Doctoral (Ph.D.) degrees in Anatomy for individuals interested in acquiring advanced training in the anatomical sciences. The Anatomy Masters Program is a two-year course of study, with an emphasis in preparing students for further professional education (e.g., medicine, dentistry and osteopathy). The Doctoral Degree provides an opportunity for students who want to pursue an academic career in the biological sciences to acquire specialty training and teaching experience.

In addition to the  traditional areas of study including gross anatomy, histology, human embryology and neuroanatomy, the curriculum will include core courses in cell biology, systems biology, biochemistry and physiology. Both MS and Ph.D. tracks require that each student will conduct original research under the supervision of a faculty member culminating in the oral defense of a written thesis. Ph.D. students have the opportunity to gain teaching experience in the medical gross anatomy course and/or neuroanatomy course.

UPCOMING THESIS DEFENSES:

Amanda E. Troy, August 29, 2014, "Diet-induced Modulation of Vagal Sensory Signaling"

Emily M. Swartz, November 18, 2014, "Title"-TBA

 

CONGRATULATIONS:

Anne M. Nixon, a member of the James R. Connor Lab, successfully passed her Comprehensive Exam, June 5, 2014.

 

Congratulations to the following Anatomy students who have passed their Candidacy Exam in Spring 2014

  • Daniel R. Cawley (Mentor: James R. Connor)
  • Andrew R. Krause (Mentor: Henry J. Donahue)
  • Caitlin A. McMenamin (Mentor: Kirsteen N. Browning)

 

WELCOME ANATOMY STUDENTS-Entering Fall 2014

Gary J. Farkas - University of Illinois at Chicago

Christopher M. Fetrow - Penn State University

Annie Huang - Rutgers University

Catherine Jamis - Georgetown University

Haley L. Nation - Nova Southeastern University, FL

Michelle B. Titunick - Rutgers University

PENN STATE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE GRADUATION AWARD- May 2014

Congratulations to:  Jessica A. Immonen, Ph.D.

She received the "Department of Neural and Behavioral Sciences Award for Outstanding Research Performance"

PENN STATE COLLEGE OF MEDICINE ANATOMY FACULTY RECOGNITION

Congratulations to:  Kirsteen N. Browning, Ph.D.  

She recently received an early promotion to tenured Associate Professor of Neural and Behavioral Sciences.

RECENT STUDENT PUBLICATIONS

Leslie A. Hammer, Ph.D. Candidate

Hammer LA, Zagon IS, McLaughlin PJ (2013) Treatment of a relapse-remitting model of multiple sclerosis with opioid growth factor. Brain Res. Bull. Sep;98: 122-31. doi 10.10106/j Epub 2013 Aug 22 PMID: 23973432

Jessica A. Immonen, Ph.D. (SP2014 graduate)

Immonen JA, Zagon IS, McLaughlin PJ (2014) Topical Naltrexone as Treatment for Type 2 Diabetic Cutaneous Wounds  Adv Wound Care (New Rochelle) Jun 1;3 (6): 419-427 PMID: 24940556

Zagon IS, Sassani JW, Immonen JA, McLaughlin PJ. (2014) Ocular surface abnormalities related to type 2 diabetes are reversed by the opioid antagonist naltrexone. Clin Experiment Ophthalmol Mar, 42 (2):159-68 doi 10.1111/ceo. 12144 Epub 2013 Jul 29 PMID: 23777539

Zeinab Nasralah, Ph.D. Candidate

Nasralah Z, Robinson W, Jackson GR, Barber AJ (2013) Measuring Visual Function in Diabetic Retinopathy: Progress in Basic and Clinical Research. J Clin Exp Ophthalmol Nov 4:306 doi: 10.4172/2155

Emily M. Swartz, Ph.D. Candidate

Holmes GM, Swartz EM, McLean MS (2014) Fabrication and implantation pf miniature dual-element strain gages for measuring in vivo gastrointestinal contractions in rodents. Journal of Visualized Experiments (In Print)

Swartz EM, Browning KN, Travagli RA, Holmes GM (2014) Ghrelin increases vagally mediated gastric activity by central sites of action. Neurogastroenterology & Motility  Feb 26(2):272-82 doi 10.1111/nmio 12261 Epub 2013 Nov 22 PMID: 24261332

Browning KN, Babic T, Holmes GM, Swartz E, Travagli RA (2013) A critical re-evaluation of the specificity of action of perivagal capsaicin. The Journal of Physiology Mar 15;591(Pt6):1563-80 doi 1113/physiol.2012. 246827 Epub 2013 Jan 7 PMID: 23297311 

Amanda E. Troy, Ph.D. Candidate

Babic T, Troy AE, Fortna SR, Browning KN (2012) Glucose-dependent trafficking of 5-HT3 receptors in rat gastrointestinal vagal afferent neurons. Neurogastroenterol Motil. Oct;24(10):e476-88 doi: 10.1111/j 1365-2982.2012.01987.x. Epub 2012 Jul 30 PMID: 22845622

 Friday, August 22, 2014
 3:30 p.m.

  • Deans' Welcoming Picnic and Student Activities Fair

Wednesday, September 10, 2014
5:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Picnic: University Conference Center Tent
Fair: University Conference Center, Rooms 302A-C

  • Convocation and Awards Ceremony

Friday, September 19, 2014
4:00 - 5:15 p.m. ~ Ceremony: Junker Auditorium
5:15 - 6:00 p.m. ~ Reception: College of Medicine Courtyard

  • Graduate Student Forum

TBA

  • Commencement Awards Ceremony

By Invitation Only
Saturday, May 16, 2015
12:30 - 2:30 p.m.
University Conference Center Tent

  • Commencement Ceremony

Sunday, May 17, 2015
1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Founders Hall, Milton Hershey School

MS Graduate sites of continuing professional education:

The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC), Scranton, PA

LMU-Debusk College of Osteopathic Medicine, Harrogate, TN

New York Institute of Technology College of Osteopathic Medicine, New York, NY

Ohio College of Podiatric Medicine, Independence OH

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine, Hershey, PA

Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), Philadelphia, PA

University of Central Florida, College of Medicine (UCF), Orlando, FL

University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD         

Selected alumni of the Anatomy graduate program

Post-graduate Positions in Academia

2010

William Robinson, DPT, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy

             A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Mesa, AZ

2011

Melissa A. Carroll, Ph.D., MS, Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program

            DeSales University, Center Valley, PA

2012

Anna Campbell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

             A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Mesa, AZ

Brittany Luckett, MS

            Visiting Instructor, Integrative Physiology & Health Science, Alma College, MI

Sarah McCarthy, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Anatomy

            LECOM (Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine) Erie, PA

2014

Jessica A. Immonen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor

             Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT