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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.

Meet Joris Beld, PhD

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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Inside the Laboratory for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience

Abstract Neural Network The long-term goal of the Laboratory for Theoretical and Computational Neuroscience at Drexel University College of Medicine is to investigate and understand the key issue of neural control of movement: how different cellular, network and systems neural mechanisms are integrated across multiple levels of organization to produce motor behavior and to adapt this behavior to various external and internal conditions.
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Research News & Announcements

Suresh G. Joshi, MD, PhD, is Recognized and Elected as Fellow to Infectious Diseases Society

The nation’s leading infectious diseases professional society, the Infectious Diseases Society of America (IDSA), recognizes the distinguished physicians and scientists from the United States and around the world, and the board of directors elects them as fellows to IDSA. This fellowship honors those nationals and internationals that have achieved professional excellence and provided significant service to the profession through practice, education, mentoring and research in infectious diseases, medical microbiology and public health. On August 10, 2016, Dr. Joshi’s contribution over the past 28 years and the services rendered in this field has been recognized by IDSA. Dr. Joshi is director of the Center for Surgical Infection & Biofilm at the Institute for Molecular Medicine and Infectious Diseases, and he is an adjunct professor at the A.J. Drexel Plasma Institute, as well as Drexel's School of Biomedical Engineering, Science & Health Systems.

"Drexel in the Top 50 of Worldwide List for Patents"

Drexel was named 49th on a list of worldwide universities granted patents released by The National Academy of Inventors and Intellectual Property Owners Association, placing amidst some of the biggest names in innovation.
(July 20, 2016)

"By Causing Cells to Cannibalize Themselves, Researchers Prevent Lung Injury in Mice"

A new study from College of Medicine researchers offers a new solution to prevent Bronchopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD), the most common chronic lung disease in premature infants.
(July 18, 2016)

"New Protein Structure Holds Answers to PKU"

College of Medicine researchers are part of an international team of scientists that has made a critical step toward understanding a disorder that affects patients from birth into adulthood.
Pulse (Summer 2016)

Calls for Abstracts

International Symposium on Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

The Institute for Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease is now accepting abstracts for the 4th International Symposium. The submission deadline is August 30. For more information, contact Betty Condran at 215.762.7598 or

Submit an abstract. | Learn more about the symposium.

Discovery Day

Abstract submissions for Discovery Day, the College of Medicine's annual day of research, are now being accepted. The deadline for submission for platform presentations is September 16. The deadline for poster presentations is September 23. If you have any questions regarding Discovery Day abstract submissions, email Stephanie Schleidt at

Submit an abstract | Learn more about Discovery Day.

Upcoming and Recent Events

International Symposium on Molecular Medicine & Infectious Disease

   September 13 – 15, 2016
   New College Building, Geary Auditorium A, 245 N. 15th Street
   215.762.7598 (Betty Condran)

Discovery Day

   October 20, 2016
   Pennsylvania Convention Center

Sex and Gender Research Forum

   March 8, 2017
   University City Campus, location TBA