Emil Bogenmann, PhD, EdD

Director, LA-HIP & STEP-UP
Investigator; Hematology-Oncology
Associate Professor of Pediatrics, Keck School of Medicine of USC

Emil Bogenmann, PhD, EdD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Pediatrics and holds a secondary appointment in the Department of Molecular Microbiology & Immunology at the Keck School Of Medicine at USC.

He came to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles as a postdoctoral fellow, received his first RO1 grant in 1983 and, since then, has been continuously funded by the National Institutes of Health. His research focused on pediatric tumors, in particular neuroectoderm-derived malignancies such as retinoblastoma and neuroblastoma.

During his tenure in the laboratory he focused on research training and career development of high school students, undergraduate students, graduate students and postdoctoral fellows. In 1995 he assumed the position of Director for Research Education at The Saban Research Institute and he developed training programs for pre and postdoctoral fellows at The Saban Research Institute.

Dr. Bogenmann also serves on two graduate program oversight committees at the University of Southern California and directs the T32 program for graduate students of the Southern California Clinical Translational Science Institute (SC-CTSI). Dr. Bogenmann completed a Doctorate in Education (EdD) with a subspecialty in educational psychology in 2008 from the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California. His educational training focused on research in diversity, leadership, learning and motivation, curriculum development and evaluation.

In 2005 he established the Latino & African American High School Internship Program (LA-HIP) which provides research training and college preparatory support for seniors from inner-city high schools of Los Angeles.

In 2007 he was awarded a five-year grant by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) to develop a national undergraduate research-training program called Short Term Education Program for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP).


Medical School

Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Zurich


Swiss Institute for Experimental Cancer Research


Professional Memberships

American Association for the Advancement of Science


1. Bogenmann, E, Thomas PS, Li Q, Kim, J, Yang, LT, Pierchala, B, and Kaartinen, V. Generation of mice with a conditional allele for the p75 (NTR) neurotrophin receptor gene. Genesis, 2011 Nov 49 862-869


Dr. Bogenmann shifted his research interest from basic laboratory inquiry to education research. In particular, he is interested in student motivation and how inner-city students who are predominantly from minority communities choose and develop their academic careers. The LA-HIP and STEP-UP research training programs are the laboratories for studying these issues. His hypothesis suggests that mentored research training and career development will improve scientific knowledge, strengthen student’s academic self-efficacy beliefs, and create a personal career vision that motivates minority students to pursue a career in science or academic medicine.