Biomedical Research Academy

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July 7 - July 27, 2019

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The Biomedical Research Academy introduces the experimental basis of cellular, molecular and genetic aspects of biology, focusing on relevance to diseases. Fusing daily lectures with research and lab experimentation, students gain insight into the core of biomedical research—including the instrumentation, sophisticated laboratory facilities and cutting-edge technologies used by researchers.

If you attend a School District of Philadelphia public or charter high school, you may be eligible to attend a Penn Summer Academy free of charge with a Penn Summer Scholarship.

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Morning lectures and discussions include visits from guest lecturers, scientists and clinicians from the Department of Biology and Penn’s School of Medicine. The conversations with these guests include details about the research they’re performing at the bench and the solutions they’re seeking to apply at the bedside.

In the afternoons, you implement what you are learning through independent and group research. You are also offered a hands-on introduction to the tools and techniques of the different laboratories across The University of Pennsylvania. You also prepare for academic medicine with a small journal club, where you to dive into primary, peer-reviewed scientific literature.

See this program’s 2018 syllabus (PDF).


  • One year of high school biology is required for application
  • One year of high school chemistry is strongly advised


Linda Robinson

Program Director: Linda Robinson, PhD
Dr. Robinson is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Biology and an Instructional Laboratory Coordinator at the University of Pennsylvania, where she designs teaching labs for and teaches some of the undergraduate biology courses. Dr. Robinson received her PhD from Washington University in St. Louis and has been teaching at Penn since 2000.

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