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What We Do

The Laboratory of Innovative and Translational Nursing Research is a vital, shared resource where faculty and students add to nursing knowledge by anchoring biological measures, and gain expertise through a convergence of disciplines.

A major emphasis of the lab is mentoring students and faculty who wish to become proficient in biobehavioral research methods. This collection of stories illustrates what our student and faculty investigators do in the lab, how they benefit from shared resources, and leverage diverse expertise.


From Bench to Bedside

An exercise physiologist, Dr. Joseph Libonati makes the most of the translational possibilities between basic science and nursing.

Breast Cancer and Fitness

Kathleen Sturgeon, PhD, found what she was looking for at Penn Nursing – a fellowship that would combine basic science with clinical applications.

Nutrition and Nursing

One of the few scientists in the world studying the effects of chemotherapy on nutrition, appetite, and exercise, Dr. Bart DeJonghe found in Penn Nursing great capacity for research at the cellular, animal, and human levels.

Effects of Chronic Exercise on Heart Cells

Akinyemi Bajulaiye started building his career at the Laboratory of Innovative and Translational Nursing Research. The Penn alum, who has worked at the lab since his sophomore year, uses its leading-edge technologies to assist faculty with their work and to conduct his own research projects.