Academic Research


Name: Lisa Repko
Position: Vice President for Development, Thomas Jefferson University & Planned Giving, Office of Institutional Advancement
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Thomas Jefferson University is a unique institution: simultaneously new and deeply experienced, steeped in tradition and heedless of traditional boundaries, professionally focused and passionately committed to the full spectrum of study. We are breaking down the traditional silos of academic research, steadfast in our goal to empower a robust culture of discovery—one that surmounts disciplinary boundaries and makes permeable the divides between discovery, clinical, and applied research. A culture where impassioned faculty, students, clinicians, and technical staff collaborate to design novel fabrics; transform operational practices; produce creative works; advance the humanities and social sciences; and develop new products that disrupt, inspire, and heal. This is the future of academic research, and it’s happening right here—at Jefferson.

Currently, 40% of therapeutics in research and development are biopharmaceuticals, yet only a handful of places in the world are dedicated to training experts to produce these potentially life-saving drugs. The Jefferson Institute for Bioprocessing (JIB) was created to close this gap. It is where transdisciplinary, hands-on training intersects with engaging, real-world collaboration to train today’s students for tomorrow’s careers. Our partnership with the internationally recognized National Institute for Bioprocessing Research and Training (NIBRT) makes us the first—and only—education and training institute for biopharmaceutical processing in North America that combines commercial single-use processing equipment with the internationally recognized NIBRT curriculum. This distinction—along with our unique partnerships with industry, academia, and government agencies—empowers us to provide a truly leading-edge, forward-thinking experience that supports current and future workforce demands, while promoting community outreach and engagement with practicing professionals.

Light is fundamental to human life. We use it to control how we perceive and engage with environments in which we live, work, and play. In turn, light affects our endocrine system and circadian rhythm and impacts our emotions, focus, and performance. Over the course of more than 30 years, researchers at Jefferson have brought light research from the fringes of medical study into the mainstream, forever changing the medical literature surrounding light and its powerful effects on human health. Their work has resonated far beyond the walls of Jefferson, influencing everything from light therapies in clinics across the nation to lighting design aboard the International Space Station. Today, Jefferson is a key partner in Light4Health, a European Union-funded, international collaboration to develop the first health research-based academic curriculum in lighting design education. By supporting this revolutionary work, you fuel transformation in everything from hospital design to health education and far beyond.