A dedication to education and training has always been central to The Wistar Institute's mission. The original deed of trust establishing the Institute sets as one of the new organization's primary goals that it works for "the increase of original scientific knowledge" in biology, as well as, human, comparative, and pathological anatomy and those subjects "kindred to them." The identification of this goal relates to another important aim, that "the object of the laboratories" of the Institute "shall be for the improvement and research of postgraduate or advanced students." Training programs for undergraduate and high school students have also been established at the Institute.
In an average year, approximately 100 graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, and visiting scientists are in training at The Wistar Institute. "The Wistar Institute is committed to training and mentoring the next generation of scientists because they represent the future of science and its application to the treatment of human disease," says Professor Ronen Marmorstein, Ph.D.
Most predoctoral students who work at Wistar come from the University of Pennsylvania, and postdoctoral trainees come from every part of the world for their advanced training. In turn, Wistar-trained investigators can be found among the leaders in every field of biomedical science. Trainees are supported by the individual laboratories or by any of several training grants on which their mentors serve as participating faculty.
Research at The Wistar Institute focuses on multidisciplinary approaches to understand the molecular and cellular bases of cancer, cardiovascular diseases, autoimmune disorders, several age-associated disorders and other serious illnesses. The focus of research conducted at the Institute includes the mechanisms of regulation of gene expression, the cellular and molecular basis of tumor cell development and progression, vaccines, basic immunology, and immunotherapy of cancer. Shared facilities support these research programs by providing expertise and technologies in several areas including genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics.