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Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Education and Training Center

A dedication to education and training has always been central to The Wistar Institute's mission.

The Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Education and Training Center brings all Wistar education and training programs under a single umbrella to make lasting global impact in biomedical research. Its mission is to advance a well-trained, sustainable life science workforce—comprised of a diverse and inclusive talent pipeline—for the benefit of our region and beyond. The Center will continue to broaden and expand long-standing programs that teach sought-after scientific skills needed for careers in the life science sector.

The Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Education and Training Center aims to provide opportunities throughout a student’s STEM career. Under the guidance of top Wistar faculty-mentors in collaboration with industry experts, trainees flourish in distinct programs designed for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as pre-apprentices, apprentices, and postdoctoral fellows. 

In an average year, more than 100 students and fellows are training at The Wistar Institute. Undergraduate students come from regional community colleges, including Community College of Philadelphia and Montgomery County Community College, as well as Cheyney University, La Salle University, and other colleges and universities across the country. Graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Saint Joseph’s University, and the University of Bologna can choose to complete their thesis research with Wistar faculty. Postdoctoral trainees come from every part of the world for advanced training inside and outside of Wistar labs. Wistar-trained scientists are among leaders throughout the biomedical, biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Trainees are supported by Wistar laboratories, individual fellowships, and/or training grants on which their mentors serve as participating faculty. 

cheyney students in lab

Undergraduate Programs

Wistar provides opportunities for undergraduate students to learn valuable lab skills to foster future STEM professionals. 

Graduate Programs

Although The Wistar Institute is not itself a degree-granting institution, doctoral training can be pursued at Wistar through our graduate programs with our academic partners. 

Maureen and lab

Postdoctoral Programs

The Wistar Institute is committed to training scientists to engage in rigorous, collegial, high-caliber, and ethical research, in their pursuit of better outcomes for human disease.

Research at The Wistar Institute focuses on multidisciplinary approaches to understand the molecular and cellular bases of cancer and to develop new vaccines against infectious diseases. Shared facilities support these research programs by providing expertise and technologies in several areas including genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics.

Contact Us

For more information about our educational programs, contact:

Kristy Shuda McGuire, Ph.D.
Dean, Biomedical Studies and Associate Professor
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
215-898-3805
kshudamcguire@wistar.org

David Zuzga, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Biomedical Studies and Associate Professor
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA  19104
215-898-3964
dzuzga@wistar.org

Jason Diaz, Ph.D.
Education Program Director and Assistant Professor
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-898-3803
jdiaz@wistar.org

Cailey Bice
Education Program Coordinator
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
215-898-3749
cbice@wistar.org