Biomedical Research Academy

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July 5 - July 25, 2020

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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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Lectures and discussions: Attend morning classes and conversations with scientists, clinicians, and faculty from the Department of Biology and Penn’s School of Medicine to learn about the research experts are performing at the bench and the solutions they’re seeking to apply at the bedside.

Lab access: Get hands-on introductions to the tools and techniques of cutting-edge laboratories across the University of Pennsylvania. 

Research: Apply lessons from lectures and scientific literature through independent research and group activities, including a journal club to discuss peer-reviewed research articles.

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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