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The Office of the Vice Dean for Research serves to support clinical and basic research activities, works with departments and interdisciplinary programs to develop and implement research, facilitates translational research and promotes mentoring to advance the training of physicians/scientists.

The vice dean for research steers and supports faculty research efforts, influencing opportunities for discovery by our medical and biomedical graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, medical residents and medical fellows. Noreen Robertson, DMD, associate vice dean for research, and Richard Huneke, DVM, MPH, executive director of University Laboratory Animal Resources, serve complementary missions within the Office of the Vice Dean to foster pre-clinical and clinical research within the institution. We are committed to bridging the superb clinical expertise and world-class research and educational capabilities of the medical school to enhance our progressive, high-quality medical education, scientific research and patient care.

The purpose of these web pages is to serve as a focal point for research at Drexel University College of Medicine. We are dedicated to providing research support to investigators. The links to the left will provide you with information and resources. Note that Drexel University's Office of Research provides certain administrative services for the Drexel University College of Medicine research program.

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Meet Our Faculty - Joris Beld, PhD

"My lab is interested in natural products. In other words, we're interested in molecules that we get from nature. If you go to a hospital and you look at the list of drugs they prescribe to patients, you'll find that roughly 75 percent of those are derived from natural products. Those drugs are not something that chemists have invented. They're made from molecules that we've borrowed from nature."

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Research News & Announcements

The Campbell Foundation Awards Grant to HIV/AIDS Researcher to Develop HIV-1 Killer Peptides

The Campbell Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to funding HIV/AIDS research, has awarded a $75,000 grant to Dr. Irwin Chaiken and his team of researchers at Drexel University College of Medicine in Philadelphia who are looking to develop an effective delivery system targeting hidden reservoirs of the HIV virus. The researcher’s aim is to suppress HIV infection and its progression using specially designed molecules, which target the protein on the HIV surface that is needed for the virus to enter cells and start the infection cycle.

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How Do You Kill a Malaria Parasite? Clog It with Cholesterol

Amidst growing concerns about drug resistance, new findings from College of Medicine researchers could help to develop more effective drugs against malaria.

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Study Shows How Neurons Reach Their Final Destinations

Drexel researchers found that with a boost from motor proteins, sliding microtubules give nerve cells a smoother ride.

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A Breath of Fresh Air: Drexel Scientists Reveal How the Brain Generates Respiratory Rhythm

Researchers have introduced a new concept of how the brain is involved in this essential function, providing new insight into how breathing disorders could be treated in the future.

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