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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
Minimum GPA (Graduate): 3.0 Open to non-Mason Students: Yes
Program Description:

Bench to Bedside Translational Molecular Research

Italy, Summer 2021

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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.

Course Options

  • Biology - BIOL 575: Selected Topics in Genetics
*Subject to change. Course offerings will be finalized by the application deadline.

Tentative Program Dates

May 28 - June 5, 2021 


Sample Itinerary 

Day 1 Arrival in Padua
Day 2 Orientation and City Tour
Day 3 Orientation and City Tour
Day 4 Morning Lecture: Course welcome and "The Need for Personalized Molecular Medicine"
Afternoon excursion: Museum of History of Medicine in Padova and to the Anatomical Theater
Hands-on Workshop: Flow cytometry and cytogenetics
Day 5 Morning Lecture: "How Translational Research is Revolutionizing Cancer Treatment"
Hands-on Workshop: Reverse-phase protein arrays 
Evening Excursion: Galileo Astronomical Observatory
Day 6 Morning Lecture: "Translational Research for Dissection of Host-Pathogen Interaction, Infectious Disease Diagnostics and Treatment"
Hands-on Workshop: Zebrafish model systems 
Day 7 Morning Lecture: "Genetic and Hematology Disorders"
Hands-on Workshop: Next gen sequencing 
Day 8 Morning Lecture: "Pharma perspective, Bioethics, Patent and Intellectual property"
Hands-on Workshop: Nanoparticle protein fractionation and mass spectrometry
Day 9 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

Winter 2020: $2,775

Summer 2021: Coming Soon!

Included: Tuition for 3 credits, 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, 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 be recommending the purchase of Flight Interruption and Cancellation Insurance. The “Green Light for Flights” email will provide additional information about this insurance. 

Program Payments

Students on MasonGEO programs must pay the advertised program cost in order to participate. This cost will be made in three payments (Deposit + First Payment + Final Payment). Students using financial aid can provide additional paperwork in lieu of deposit and final balance payments.

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

First Payment: A non-refundable payment of $1000 must be received by March 20th. This fee is paid online through the MasonAbroad application system and is included in the program fee. Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

In the event that a student’s financial aid or VA Benefits is estimated to cover the entire costs of the study abroad program, the entire charge will be posted to their student account, since that is where the aid will be applied. In this case students do not pay their first payment through MasonAbroad. However students must submit their “Intent to Use Financial Aid” form by the first deposit deadline.

Final Payment: The final balance payment is due by April 10th. This is the difference of your Program Cost minus the $800 you've already paid (Deposit + First Payment). Students who are using financial aid may have this payment deadline extended. See "Financial Aid" information below.

Financial Aid and VA Benefits: Students who intend to use financial aid or VA benefits to fund their program fees (partially or in full) must have the "Intent to Use Financial Aid" or "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form" completed and on file with the Global Education Office by the First Payment deadline. The "Intent to Use Financial Aid" form is available in the MasonAbroad application system once you have started your application for this program. If you are using VA Benefits please contact your program officer to request the "Intent to Use VA Benefits Form."

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 Opens:

August 1


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.

Intent to Use Financial Aid Form: For Mason students only. If you use financial aid, this form must be completed by your financial aid counselor and submitted by the 1st payment deadline.

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 Samko
Phone 703-993-2155

Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2021 03/10/2021 ** Rolling Admission 05/28/2021 06/05/2021

** 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.