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The Wistar Institute & Cheyney University Collaboration

Merging science and entrepreneurship to create value, jobs, and technologies for the future.

Launched in 2021, this innovative collaboration unites the nation’s first independent biomedical research institute and first historically Black college and university (HBCU), with the goal of expanding life science research education, training and business development opportunities in Pennsylvania.

Through this alliance, Cheyney University students participate in Wistar’s biomedical research and training curriculum and gain hands-on experience through laboratory courses and internships that can progress into Wistar’s registered apprenticeship program.


  • Biomedical Research Methods (BRM) course 
    Cutting-edge biomedical research techniques with a special focus on cancer biology, using a project based on Wistar research from Dr. Maureen Murphy’s lab on African-centric variants of the p53 tumor suppressor gene.

    After completion of the BRM course, students will have opportunities to participate in summer research internships at Wistar.

  • Life Science Innovation (LSI) course (coming soon) 
    Key concepts related to intellectual property, regulatory affairs, and commercialization prepare students for positions in the biotechnology industry. 

As part of this alliance, Cheyney University also became a new member of the Philadelphia Research Consortium (PRC), through which Cheyney on-campus life science companies will be able to leverage the research and business communities coalesced around the PRC.

Cheyney will also have access to Wistar’s state-of the-art core facilities to advance innovative research and technologies.

Wistar Workforce Advisory Council

Kevin Brown
Accencio LLC
Kristy Shuda McGuire, Ph.D.
The Wistar Institute
Robert Carrington
CBS BioPharma
Richard Siegel, Ph.D.
Rich Siegel Consulting, LLC
Rose Cook
The Flex Pro Group
Calvin R. Snowden, Jr.
CBS BioPharma
Benjamin Doranz, Ph.D., MBA
Integral Molecular 
Heather Steinman, Ph.D., MBA
The Wistar Institute
Lake Paul, Ph.D.
Bioanalysis LLC
Michelle Walls
Anita Pepper, Ph.D.
The Wistar Institute
Sharon Willis, Ph.D.
Integral Molecular 
Anne Schoemaker
David Zuzga, Ph.D.
The Wistar Institute 
Robert Sheroff

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The Wistar Institute and Cheyney University Forge Strategic Collaboration to Expand Life Science Research Training and Business Development Opportunities in Pennsylvania

Collaboration extends the impact of Wistar’s biomedical science and workforce development programs and Cheyney University’s educational and entrepreneurial communities.

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