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biochemistry and biophysics

little piece of scienceThe mission of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics at Penn Medicine is to promote and execute the highest quality research and education in the quantitative understanding of molecular mechanism in biology and medicine.

The Department is home to the largest concentration of expertise in modern quantitative biochemistry, biophysics and structural biology on campus – with faculty who are international leaders in these areas. The overarching goal of the Department is to use these disciplines to understand molecular mechanism in medicine and how to exploit this understanding for therapeutic purposes. Central to this mission is collaboration with other parts of the Penn research community. Ultimately, details of molecular mechanism underlie explanations of all disease processes and therapies. The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics seeks to provide these explanations and to work with other scientists at Penn and elsewhere to exploit them in advancing biomedical research.

moleculeInsideThe faculty of the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics hold many awards and honors. The Department has two members of the National Academy of Sciences (Englander and Dreyfuss), one Fellow of the Royal Society of London (Dutton), two HHMI Investigators (Dreyfuss and Van Duyne), and two Fellows of the Biophysical Society (Wand and Englander). Recent awards include: 2012 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching (Lewis), 2012 Protein Society Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award (Lemmon), and Michael S. Brown New Investigator Award for 2012 (Shorter) and 2011 (Black).



View the video highlighting the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, which premiered at the 2014 Biophysical Society meeting in February.

Answer to Trivia Question

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In 1966, a seminal paper on how electrons transfer in biology was published the Biophysical Journal. Who co-authored the paper?


2014 Johnson Foundation Britton Chance Research Discussions: Man-Made Maquette-Tetrapyrrole Ensembles for Artificial Photosynthesis will be held on Tuesday, April 22 in the JF Library, 238 Anatomy-Chemistry Building beginning at 10:00 A.M. More details

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Ben Garcia's article on ‘A quantitative atlas of histone modification signatures from human cancer cells has won the BioMed Central Molecular and Cellular Sciences category Research Award and will now be shortlisted for the prestigious BioMed Central Research Award.
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Register here for the symposium honoring Joachim Frank, The Ribosome: Structure and Function on April 23, 2014. More info.
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Ben Garcia recently won two awards: the 2014 Pittsburgh Conference Achievement Award, sponsored by the Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh (SACP) and the Arthur F. Findeis Award for Achievements by a Young Analytical Scientist, sponsored by the American Chemical Society (ACS).

2013 Trustees of the University of Pennsylvania