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Short-Term Programs Abroad

Cancer Biology & Cell Development - BIOL 416

Students in Beijing

BIOL 416: Cancer Biology & Cell Development in Beijing, China

Travels during the Summer

3 Credits

Prerequisite: BIOL 230W or BMB 251 or MICRB 201 or BIOL 222 or BIOL 322


Penn State’s Biology Department and Peking University offer a three-week summer course, Biology 416 “Cancer Biology and Cell Development.” 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 gain unique first-hand experience and knowledge about biological research in China today, as well as learning about Chinese culture and the Chinese people.

View photos from past BIOL 416 trips


BIOL 416 students are eligible to apply for the following scholarships (among many other financial opportunities), some depending on students' individual circumstances:


Contact Dr. Zhi-Chun Lai at

Next offered in Summer 2024



Dr. Zhi-Chun Lai, Professor of Biology and Biochemistry & Molecular Biology