Welcome to the Penn State Anatomy Graduate Program
The Graduate Program in Anatomy 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 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.
Amanda E. Troy, Ph.D., successfully passed her Final Oral Thesis Defense August 29, 2014. We wish her continued success in her new position at Liberty University, College of Osteopathic Medicine, in Lynchburg, VA.
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)
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
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
William Robinson, DPT, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Anatomy
A.T. Still University-School of Osteopathic Medicine, Mesa, AZ
Melissa A. Carroll, Ph.D., MS, Assistant Professor, Doctor of Physical Therapy Program
DeSales University, Center Valley, PA
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
Jessica A. Immonen, Ph.D., Assistant Professor
Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions, Provo, UT
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