About Geisinger Commonwealth Research

At Geisinger Commonwealth, we focus on biomedical research and training programs that target the health issues that are prevalent in Northeastern Pennsylvania (NEPA), including the cancers that exhibit a high incidence in the region, chronic disease associated with aging, and significant needs in primary care, mental health, and community medicine.

Our Research Mission, Vision, and Values:


To improve the health of our community through the collaborative discovery and dissemination of knowledge gained through research, technology development, community engagement, and education.


In the service of our community we strive to be:
A catalyst for strategic research partnerships
A leader for advancing biomedical research
A keystone for improving health outcomes through translational research.


Collaboration – Fostering creative partnerships and open communication in research
Integrity – Acting with honesty, accountability, and social responsibility
Innovation- Thinking creatively and supporting intellectual curiosity
Translation – Applying new knowledge to improve health outcomes
Engagement – Involving students, faculty, staff, and the community in the analysis and solution of health problems.

The Office of Research

Within Geisinger Commonwealth, the Office of Research is the central administrative structure for facilitating the collective research enterprise through both service and oversight functions.  By working with a broad range of units across the college, it provides the infrastructure necessary to support the research mission and outreach functions needed to partner with external constituents through technology transfer and economic development.

The Office of Research serves to:

  • Identify funding agencies that may be interested in supporting research and/or training programs;
  • Identify intellectual property and assist in its development;
  • Provide advanced technology to foster research discovery;
  • Ensure compliance with federal, state, and local regulations that govern research;
  • Provide biomedical research training programs;
  • Support faculty and staff by providing an infrastructure that promotes research and training success;
  • Work closely with economic development partners to promote biomedical research industry in the region.

Geisinger Commonwealth faculty and staff welcome training opportunities and collaborations in biomedical research.  For information, please contact Sonia Lobo Planey, PhD, Interim Associate Dean for Research.

Contact Information

Sonia Lobo Planey, PhD
Interim Associate Dean for Research
Associate Professor of Biochemistry

Phone:  (570) 504-9629
Fax:  (570) 504-9618
Mail:  525 Pine Street, Scranton, PA 18509


Michele Lemoncelli
Administrative Assistant, 
The Department of Research and Economic Development 

Phone: (570) 504-9662
Fax:  (570) 504-9618
Mail:  525 Pine Street, Scranton, PA 18509