Department of Basic Sciences

At Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, we have built a group of researchers and educators who contribute new knowledge on the diseases affecting our community and who implement the curriculum for the Doctor of Medicine (MD) program, Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) program and, later on, for doctoral programs in the basic sciences as well as combined doctoral programs. Communication and collaboration are the hallmarks of our success within the 11 departmental disciplines:

  • Anatomy
  • Biochemistry
  • Cell biology
  • Computational biology
  • Genetics
  • Molecular biology
  • Microbiology/immunology
  • Neuroscience
  • Pathology
  • Pharmacology
  • Physiology

We have found common ground for interactions that make our teaching and research productive, innovative and interesting. It is our hope that scientific learning and research will be elevated in the region through collaborative partnerships with other colleges and universities that utilize shared facilities, learning centers and joint professorships.

In the future, we look forward to the establishment of a PhD program in the basic sciences in all 11 areas of research. We are also looking forward to the development of an MD-PhD program and MD-MPH program.

At Geisinger Commonwealth, we have the unique opportunity to develop a structure for education and research that will better serve the needs of our region.

Contact us

Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine
Department of Basic Sciences
Medical Sciences Building
525 Pine St.
Scranton, PA 18509

David Averill, PhD
Chair of the Department of Basic Sciences
Professor of Physiology
570-207-3680
daverill@som.geisinger.edu

Carmella DeBiasi
Assistant
570-504-9617
cdebiasi@som.geisinger.edu