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Cell Development & Cancer Biology – BIOL 416

Cell Development & Cancer Biology – BIOL 416

Penn State’s Biology Department and Peking University offer a three-week summer course, Biology 416 “Cell Development and Cancer Biology.” The course covers selected topics in cancer biology as well as cell and developmental biology. A major goal is to understand molecular and genetic mechanisms important for animal development and tumorigenesis. In Beijing, Penn State students will take this course together with local students from Peking University.

In addition to lectures and group discussions, students will have guest lectures from Peking University faculty and visit local research facilities. Moreover, students will visit a number of historic and cultural attractions, including the Summer Palace, the Forbidden City, and the Great Wall. Through these activities students are expected to gain unique first-hand experience and knowledge about biological research in China today, as well as learning about Chinese culture and people.

To apply for this program, please contact Dr. Lai directly at

View photos from the 2014 course in Flickr.

Students are eligible to apply for:

Application deadline is February 1, 2021
Please apply on the Education Abroad website here.



Dr. Zhi-Chun Lai, Professor of Biology & BMB, Penn State University

Beijing, China

Summer 2021: Dates TBD

3 Credits

Prerequisite(s): Biol 230: Molecules & Cells

Application deadline: February 1, 2021

students gather for a picture in Beijing
The Long-Corridor is a covered walking path showing ornate painted scenes of China

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