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Maureen McLeod, PhD named Vice Chair of Basic Sciences &

Friday, January 09, 2020

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The Commonwealth Medical College (TCMC) announced the appointment of Maureen McLeod, PhD as Vice Chair of Basic Sciences & Director of the Graduate Program in Biomedical Sciences.

In this position Dr. McLeod will manage the Basic Science Department in the absence of the Chair and will aid the Chair in the guidance of the department. Additionally, in her second role Dr. McLeod will manage and oversee the curriculum, faculty, and students within the Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) program at TCMC.

“Dr. McLeod’s leadership skills and expertise will serve as a great resource for our MBS students as well as our Basic Science Faculty. She will lead an MBS program distinctive for its personal education style and its community service component that will ground students in both biomedical research issues and healthcare needs of the community. ” stated Chair of Basic Sciences, Gerald Litwack, PhD.

Dr. McLeod comes to the College from SUNY Downstate Medical Center in Brooklyn, NY where she served as the Interim Chairman and Associate Professor of the Department of Microbiology and Immunology. During her time at SUNY Downstate Medical Center, she gained over 20 years teaching experience and held multiple leadership positions including Director of the Graduate Program in Molecular and Cell Biology and Director of the Molecular Biology Core Facility.

Additionally, her research interests revolve around molecular genetics. She has served as Principal Investigator on numerous research projects including the National Institutes of Health, the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association for studies on genes that regulate meiotic cell division. She also held a Career Development Award from the National Science

She earned her PhD degree in Microbiology from State University of New York in Albany, New York and a BA degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Connecticut in Storrs, Connecticut. Additionally she completed a Post Graduate Fellowship at the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory in Cold Spring Harbor, New York and was a Research Assistant of Microbiology and
Immunology at State University of New York.

“I’m really looking forward to the arrival of our first class of MBS students. I feel that we truly have the opportunity to make an impact on medical education as well as within the community of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I’m also so pleased that in my role as Vice Chair that I have the opportunity to work with and mentor so many enthusiastic and bright faculty members.” stated Maureen McLeod, PhD.

The Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) Program at The Commonwealth Medical College is a one year program with an anticipated enrollment of thirty students in fall 2009. The MBS program is a graduate, one-year degree program that integrates academic research and clinical skills training to prepare students interested in pursuing an allied health or advanced degree with a solid
foundation in the biomedical sciences. All applicants must have successfully taken either the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) or the Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT).

The Commonwealth Medical College is a new medical school that will serve all of Northeastern Pennsylvania and expects to accept sixty medical students and thirty Master of Biomedical Sciences (MBS) students in 2009. The College has campuses in Scranton, Wilkes-Barre and Williamsport. The Commonwealth Medical College is dedicated to training the next generation of physicians in a community-based model. Focusing on selecting students with a propensity for community service, the school’s unique structure is designed to provide these students with diverse clinical experiences from the very first day of their education. For information please go to