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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).


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This year's recipient of the ASBMB Mildred Cohn Award in Biological Chemistry is Judith Klinman from the University of California, Berkeley. The award was established to honor the pioneering scientific accomplishments and the spirit of the late Professor Cohn.
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The B&B/BMB Retreat is November 20-21, 2014 at Skytop Lodge in the Poconos.
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The February 2014 issue of Academic Radiology is a tribute to Britton Chance.
The papers included in the issue were contributed following the International Symposium on Metabolic Imaging and Spectroscopy honoring the 100th birthday of Britton Chance.

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

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