Kent E. Vrana, the Elliot S. Vesell professor and chair of pharmacology in the Penn State College of Medicine and Milton S. Hershey Medical Center
"Stem Cell Biology: The Good and the Bad" Vrana received his bachelor of science degree with honors in biochemistry from the University of Iowa in 1978 and his doctorate in biochemistry (pharmacology minor) from Louisiana State University Medical Center in 1983. His post-doctoral fellowship training was in embryology and molecular biology at the Carnegie Institute of Washington in Baltimore, MD. In 1986, Vrana joined the Department of Biochemistry at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center as an assistant professor and, in 1991, moved to the Department of Physiology and Pharmacology at the Wake Forest University School of Medicine, where he rose through the ranks to full professor in 2001. He served as director of Graduate Studies for doctoral programs in biochemistry, as well as physiology and pharmacology, and was director of the Molecular Biology Care Facility at both. A committed educator, Vrana has been director for several graduate courses, has trained more than 20 post-doctoral fellows and graduate students, has served on more than 60 thesis and dissertation committees, and acted as the director of an NIH-funded pre-and postdoctoral training grant. On January 1, 2004, Vrana assumed his current position at Penn State.
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