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Laboratory of Innovative and Translational Nursing Research

Our lab is a shared resource designed to promote collaboration between faculty and students of all levels and to encourage translational research. 

Translating Science to Advance Health  

Penn Nursing is one of the few schools of nursing in the U.S. to host a dedicated nursing research lab focused on explorations by faculty from such diverse disciplines including nursing, neuroscience, nutritional science, physiology, cancer, and supportive oncology. Penn Nursing faculty and student investigators explore interactions among biological, behavioral, and social factors to advance health. Faculty members enhance their research programs by including genetic and biobehavioral markers analyzed by the lab. Biological and behavioral factors are seamlessly integrated to achieve translational ‘bench-to-bedside’ science across many concentrations: physiology, nutrition, metabolism, neuroscience, biochemistry, genetics, and others.


An Emphasis on Mentorship

The lab 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. The lab helps to build pre- and post-doctoral activities and opportunities for mentorship into established and evolving programs of research. Through the hands-on experience of conducting lab procedures and collecting quality data, Penn Nursing students acquire a robust understanding of the scientific method.

State-of-the-Art Services and Equipment

Expertly staffed and featuring state-of-the-art equipment, the lab is designed to promote collaboration between faculty and students of all levels and to encourage translational research. Lab services include dedicated space for cell culture, biomarker analysis, molecular biology, microscopy, and human physiology. The lab is fully outfitted with analytical equipment to measure concentrations of biomarkers in human and animal tissues.

Contact Dr. Jie Deng or Dr. Rebecca Hoffman to schedule a consultation to discuss which LITNR services are appropriate for your research plans.