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Organ Systems and Translational Medicine

The Organ Systems and Translational Medicine (OSTM) cluster is designed to provide student training at the interface between biology and medicine. The OSTM cluster provides educational and research opportunities for PhD, MD/PhD and MS students within the Lewis Katz School of Medicine at Temple University’s Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program. OSTM faculty are from a variety of basic science departments, including Anatomy and Cell Biology, Pharmacology and Physiology, research centers (Cardiovascular Research; Translational Medicine; Inflammation, Translational and Clinical Lung Research; Thrombosis Research) and clinical departments. The OSTM cluster promotes collaborations between clinical and basic scientists and offers an interdisciplinary training environment for students interested in translational biology. Research programs available for trainees include cardiovascular disease, vascular biology, molecular pharmacology, metabolic disorders, stem cell biology, and lung and skeletal muscle function and dysfunction.

Students receive an interdisciplinary approach in both in the laboratory and classroom. The OSTM curriculum integrates a basic medical understanding of anatomy, histology, pathology, pharmacology and physiology into current molecular approaches to translational research. Advanced courses on organ physiology and pathophysiology, translational medicine, hemostasis and thrombosis are complemented with research-focused journal clubs and a student seminar series that bridge the basic and clinical sciences.


*Indicates Fox Chase Cancer Center faculty