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About Cathy J. Hatcher

Dr. Cathy Hatcher is involved in teaching, research and service activities at PCOM. In the osteopathic medicine program, she is the Cardiovascular-Renal-Pulmonary Medicine course director and a faculty lecturer in the Structural Principles of Osteopathic Medicine and Cellular and Molecular Basis of Medicine courses. Dr. Hatcher is a faculty lecturer in the Molecular Basis of Medicine and Physiology courses for the Biomedical Sciences graduate program.

In the laboratory, Dr. Hatcher conducts research with students to examine the molecular and cellular mechanisms that contribute to coronary vessel formation and function during mammalian cardiovascular development. Dr. Hatcher has obtained extramural and intramural grant funds to support this research. Biomedical graduate and osteopathic medical students are active contributors to her cardiovascular development research program.

Dr. Hatcher is a member of the DO curriculum committee that is charged with overseeing the curricular content of the osteopathic medical program. Her service interest focuses on seeking novel strategies to provide rewarding and integrative educational experiences for PCOM students.


Present Associate Professor of Neuroscience, Physiology, and Pharmacology, Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Department of Bio-Medical Sciences



2018 - Present Model Cell Systems to Examine Cardiovascular Functions of AJAP1 in Development
PCOM Center for Chronic Disorders of Aging
2017 - Present Reelin Signaling in Coronary Vessel Formation
American Heart Association - 17AIREA33660773
2010 - 2013 Research Project Grant
NIH - R01 HL61785
2005 - 2010 Mentored Career Development Award
NIH - K01 HL080948
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2019 - Present Member, American Heart Association Transformational Project Award Peer Review Committee
2016 - Present Member, American Heart Association Collaborative Science Research Award Peer Review Committee
2010 - Present Member, American Heart Association
1996 - Present Member, American Physiological Society
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Honors and Awards

  • PCOM Innovative Teacher of the Year Award (2017)
  • American Heart Association Certificate of Research Excellence (2017)


  • Biomedical Physiology
  • Molecular Basis of Medicine
  • Cellular and Molecular Basis of Medicine
  • Structural Principles of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Cardiovascular-Renal-Pulmonary Medicine


PhD, Medical College of Georgia ‐ Physiology
BS, University of Georgia ‐ Biology

Contact Information

P: 215-871-6527


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