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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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The B&B/BMB Retreat is November 20-21, 2014 at Skytop Lodge in the Poconos. Registration is now closed. More info.
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The first topic for Fall 2014 Friday Research Discussions is "Protein complexes and their function" Schedule of speakers
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The Tommos lab has a cover story in the October 8 issue of JACS.
The article is entited "Photochemical tyrosine oxidation in the structurally well-defined
α3Y protein: Proton-coupled electron transfer and a long-lived tyrosiner tradical" and was authored by Starla Glover, Christine Jorge, Li Liang, Kathy Valentine, Leif Hammarström, and Cecilia Tommos.

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