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Fact Sheet:
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA (Undergraduate): 2.75 Language of Instruction: English
Housing: Hotel Number of Credits Offered: 3
Eligible Population: 03 Junior, 04 Senior, Graduate Prerequisite: Yes
Type of Program: Faculty-led Click here for a definition of this term Area of Study: Biology
Click here for a definition of this term Study Abroad Host: Global Education Office Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0
Open to non-Mason Students: Yes Program eligible for VA Benefits: Yes
Program Description:

Bench to Bedside: Translational Molecular Research

Italy, Summer 2022

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The new era of personalized therapy and molecular medicine is a perfect example where the functional aspects of genomics, proteomics and bioinformatics can come together at the patient’s bedside. This course will focus on the practical use of these three areas for the diagnosis, prevention and treatment of disease. Hands-on technical workshops will be used to illustrate and educate students, as well as touch on issues related to implementation of new platforms and assays. 

Faculty teaching this course invented Reverse Phase Protein Microarray, Laser Capture Microdissection, harvesting Nanoparticles, drug target discovery using protein painting, which you will learn to use, to address molecular questions arising from scientific insights and inquiry. The laboratory workshops will encourage scientific inquiry through the analysis of "unknown" specimens.

Course Goals

  • Review hot new topics in medical research far beyond that taught in usual classes.
  • Learn about the most important advances in personalized medicine
  • Interact with the highly recognized biomedical scientists in Italy as well as collaborate with students from GMU and Italy on a hands-on patient diagnosis project.
  • Earn 3 credits in only 1 week!
  • Enjoy beautiful, historical Padova (Padua) and surrounding locations.


This program is open to all students who meet the listed pre-requisites. Non-Mason students are welcome to apply but preference will be given to Mason students. All applications will be reviewed by the three faculty leaders.

Undergraduate Prerequisites:
  • Junior or senior standing
  • Successful completion of BIOL 483: Biochemistry and/or BIOL 213: Cell Biology or the equivalent
  • Minimum GPA: 2.75
Graduate Prerequisites:
  • Minimum GPA: 3.0


Students will choose one 3-credit course during the application process.

Tentative Course Options

  • TBD Biology
  • Integrative Studies - INTS 399: Study Abroad
  • Biology - BIOL 575: Selected Topics in Genetics
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.

Tentative Program Dates

May 27 - June 4, 2022


Tentative Itinerary 

Day 1 Arrival in Padua
Day 2 Orientation and City Tour
Day 3 Morning Lecture: Course welcome and "The Need for Personalized Molecular Medicine"
Hands-on Workshop: Flow cytometry and cytogenetics
Day 4 Morning Lecture: "How Translational Research is Revolutionizing Cancer Treatment"
Hands-on Workshop: Reverse-phase protein arrays; Mass spectrometry
Day 5 Morning Lecture: "Translational Research for Dissection of Host-Pathogen Interaction, Infectious Disease Diagnostics and Treatment"
Hands-on Workshop: Reverse-phase protein arrays; Mass spectrometry
Day 6 Morning Lecture: "Genetic Hematologic Disorders"
Hands-on Workshop: Zebrafish and disease modeling; Next Gen sequencing 
Day 7 Morning Lecture: "Pharma perspective, Bioethics, Patent and Intellectual property"
Hands-on Workshop: Zebrafish and disease modeling; Next Gen sequencing; Nanoparticle Rapid Test for Infectious disease 
Day 8 Program departure

* Dates and itinerary subject to change. The Global Education Office reserves the right to make changes to a program in light of currency fluctuations, changing security and safety conditions, and/or any other unforeseen circumstances.

Program Cost

Summer 2022: Coming Soon!

Winter 2021: $2,775

The Program Cost for study abroad courses is assessed separately from Mason tuition and fees. This means separate charges will be put on your student account for this course, a study abroad tuition charge and a study abroad program fee charge, which together equal the published Program Cost for this course. 

  • Application Deposit
  • Tuition and mandatory fees
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Double occupancy hotel accommodations
  • Breakfasts, lunches Monday-Friday
  • Airport shuttles between Venice and Padova
  • Lab and lecture fees
  • Course materials
  • Guided tours and excursions as described in itinerary
  • International emergency medical insurance

Not included: 
  • Airfare*
  • Passport and visa fees
  • COVID-19 testing
  • Vaccinations
  • Some meals
  • Personal spending.

*Note: This program does not include a group flight. Information regarding arrival times and location will be sent out to all participants after the application deadline. Do not purchase airfare until you receive the "Green Light for Flights" notice from the Global Education Office via email.

The notice will include information on the arrival/departure airports, flight times, and where to meet the group. Students who fail to follow the guidelines GEO sends out will be responsible for applicable costs of changing their flights. When the time comes to purchase airfare, GEO will recommend the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance. 

Program Payments

The full program fee is charged to your Mason Student Account. Students pay the Global Education Office (GEO) Program Fee as advertised in two payments (Application Deposit + Final Payment).

Application Deposit: $200 non-refundable Application Deposit must be received by the application deadline. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee.

Final Payment: The final balance is made through the Mason Bill+Payment system. Payment is due according to the Mason Payment Schedule. The amount due is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $200 you will have already paid, the Application Deposit.

  • You can make your final payment in the Mason Bill+Payment system even if you do not see the GEO program charge on your student account.
  • George Mason University applies payments to outstanding charges first. If you have an outstanding balance from a previous semester your payments will first go to paying that charge. You will still be responsible for the GEO charge.

Financial Aid: In most cases, financial aid (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans) can be used to finance study abroad. It is the student’s responsibility to check with the Office of Financial Aid to review their financial aid package. The Office of Financial Aid is the only office that can determine your aid eligibility. 
Meeting with your financial aid officer prior to applying to study abroad will help you understand if, how much, and when your aid can be used to study abroad.
Confirmation of your financial aid award may not be available until registration and billing for the term in question is final. If aid eligibility changes, or the amount of aid disbursed is lower than anticipated, students are responsible for all remaining account balances or risk late fees, holds on their accounts, and program dismissal.
To assist students in the processing of their financial aid, GEO will communicate with the Office of Financial aid those students who plan to utilize financial aid for their specific study abroad program through their application with GEO.  Please note there is no guarantee to students that their aid can be utilized for their specific study abroad program. 

If you plan to use federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans to finance your study abroad you must: 
  • Mark “Yes” to “Do you plan to use Financial Aid to finance your program (federal, state, institutional financial aid, scholarships, grants or loans)?” in your profile in
After acceptance: 
* Students must be enrolled at least half-time for federal loans and the majority of grant funds. Please refer to the Financial Aid Website for a definition of half-time for undergraduate and graduate students:

VA Benefits: The Veterans Administration determines if a program is eligible to receive VA benefit payments based on the participants VA education program. Use of benefits is dependent on type of benefit and type of program. If you plan to use VA benefits to finance study abroad contact your program officer at to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form." You will complete that form with Mason’s Office of Military Services. To contact Military Services be sure to email them directly at

Withdrawal and Refund Policy: All participants are bound by the Mason GEO Withdrawal and Refund Policy.

Payment Instructions

For more information on payments, financial aid, and information for non-Mason students:



GEO offers a number of need- and merit-based scholarships. All Mason students on this program are welcome to apply:


Application Deadline:

March 10

Application requirements:*

Program Deposit: $200 for all applicants.

Course Selection Questionnaire: You will choose the course(s) you would like to be receive credit for on this program. Check the "Academics" tab to see what courses are offered on this program. If you need help selecting your course, check with your academic advisor.

Passport Status Questionnaire: You do not need a passport to complete this questionnaire or the application. However, if you do not have a valid passport, you should begin applying for one now. The Global Education Office offers Passport Grants to help.

Signature Documents: Read and electronically "sign" the documents regarding the acknowledgement of risk, the pre-departure orientation, and your financial responsibility.

Additional requirements for non-Mason applicants:

Official transcript: To be mailed or emailed to the Global Education Office at George Mason University.

Non-degree Contract Course/Admission Form: Please complete the form and upload it into the questionnaire.

* Additional application requirements may apply to individual programs. Once you open your application, you will see all application requirements.

Application instructions:

Academic Directors

  G Andrea Cobb
Name Alessandra Luchini Andrea Cobb Lance Liotta

GEO Program Administrator

Name Brittany Harris
Phone 703-993-2155

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2022 03/10/2022 ** Rolling Admission TBA TBA

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.