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Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Education and Training Center

A dedication to education and training has always been central to The Wistar Institute’s mission.

The Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Education and Training Center brings all Wistar education and training programs under a single umbrella to make lasting global impact in biomedical research. Its mission is to advance a well-trained, sustainable life science workforce—comprised of a diverse and inclusive talent pipeline—for the benefit of our region and beyond. The Center will continue to broaden and expand long-standing programs that teach sought-after scientific skills needed for careers in the life science sector.

The Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Education and Training Center aims to provide opportunities throughout a student’s STEM career. Under the guidance of top Wistar faculty-mentors in collaboration with industry experts, trainees flourish in distinct programs designed for high school, undergraduate and graduate students, as well as pre-apprentices, apprentices, and postdoctoral fellows.

In an average year, more than 100 students and fellows are training at The Wistar Institute. Undergraduate students come from regional community colleges, including Community College of Philadelphia and Montgomery County Community College, as well as Cheyney University, La Salle University, and other colleges and universities across the country. Graduate students from the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel University, Saint Joseph’s University, and the University of Bologna can choose to complete their thesis research with Wistar faculty. Postdoctoral trainees come from every part of the world for advanced training inside and outside of Wistar labs. Wistar-trained scientists are among leaders throughout the biomedical, biopharmaceutical and biotechnology industries. Trainees are supported by Wistar laboratories, individual fellowships, and/or training grants on which their mentors serve as participating faculty.

About the Dean

Kristy Shuda McGuire, M.S., Ph.D., is dean of Biomedical Studies and a professor at The Wistar Institute where she leads the Hubert J.P. Schoemaker Education and Training Center, overseeing education and workforce training programs for high school, undergraduate, and graduate students as well as postdoctoral fellows. The Center’s signature program is the Biomedical Technician Training (BTT) Program, which started as a partnership in 2000 between The Wistar Institute and the Community College of Philadelphia (CCP). Dr. Shuda McGuire spent 11 years at CCP as a faculty member in the Biology Department and served as the academic coordinator for the BTT Program. Dr. Shuda McGuire joined The Wistar Institute as Associate Dean in September 2019. She received her B.S. in Biology from Loyola University Maryland, her M.S. in the Science of Instruction from Drexel University, and her Ph.D. in Genetics from Thomas Jefferson University, where she continues to serve as a member of the adjunct faculty in the Jefferson College of Life Sciences.

Undergraduate Programs

Wistar provides opportunities for undergraduate students to learn valuable lab skills to foster future STEM professionals.

Graduate Programs

Although The Wistar Institute is not itself a degree-granting institution, doctoral training can be pursued at Wistar through our graduate programs with our academic partners.

Postdoctoral Programs

The Wistar Institute is committed to training scientists to engage in rigorous, collegial, high-caliber, and ethical research, in their pursuit of better outcomes for human disease.

Research at The Wistar Institute focuses on multidisciplinary approaches to understand the molecular and cellular bases of cancer and to develop new vaccines against infectious diseases. Shared facilities support these research programs by providing expertise and technologies in several areas including genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics.

Contact Us

For more information about our educational programs, contact:

Kristy Shuda McGuire, Ph.D.
Dean, Biomedical Studies and Associate Professor
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

David Zuzga, Ph.D.
Associate Dean, Biomedical Studies and Associate Professor
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Jason Diaz, Ph.D.
Education Program Director and Assistant Professor
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cailey Bice
Education Program Coordinator
The Wistar Institute
3601 Spruce Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104