Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Group

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Congratulations to Ismail Ahmed (Adv. Feng Gai) who is the recipient of the 2017 P. Leslie Dutton Award! See publication below:

Penn Chemists Discover a Fluorophore That Will Open New Doors in Optical Imaging. Read more here.

Thank you to our new BMB Student Representatives:
Year 2 Richard Lauman
Year 3 Hannah Richter
Year 4 Sravya Kotaru
Year 5 Jamie DeNizio
Year 6 Meilin Fernandez-Garcia

A high-resolution view of the structure of Hsp104 (heat shock protein 104), a natural yeast protein nanomachine with six subunits, has been acquired by Jim Shorter, and his colleagues at the University of Michigan. The team described their findings in Science this weekRead more.

Ronen Marmorstein has been appointed as the next George W. Raiziss Professor, a position vacated by the departure of Mark Lemmon.

Three Penn Medicine Scientists Elected to the National Academy of Sciences
Yale E. Goldman, Mitchell Lazar and Sarah Tishkoff receive one of the highest honors for a U.S. scientist. Click here to read the article.

UPenn is ranked #7 for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology by the Center for World University Rankings. Click here for more info.

2012 BMB Graduate, Molly Sheenan, is a Candidate for the PA, 7th Congressional District, primary (2018). Read more.

Joshua E. Allen, Ph.D., 2012 BMB grad, who was selected for the "Forbes 30 Under 30" list in healthcare is now on the first-in-human trial of ONC201, the cancer drug that he discovered as a BMB graduate student, and will be published in Clinical Cancer Research. He is very excited about the results & evaluating this in several Phase II studies. Click here to see the press release.

Kristen Lynch, Ph.D., Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics, has been appointed Chair of the Biochemistry and Biophysics Dept.

BMB student Enrique Lin Shiao was awarded an NRSA (F31) award. See details here.

Enrique Lin Shiao was also awarded the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award for 2017 (Advisor: Shelley L. Berger).

Ben Garcia has been elected to the Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) governing council (Western Region representative) for a three year term starting January 2017 to December 2019. Here is the link:

The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Pennsylvania a $24 Million, five-year grant to establish a Science and Technology Center (STC) focused on engineering mechanobiology to be lead by Yale E. Goldman of Physiology and Biochemistry/Biophysics, and Vivej Shenoy of SEAS. To learn more, click here.

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The Graduate Group in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics is devoted to the education and training of a new generation of scientists ready to apply quantitative, mechanistic and molecular approaches to advance the frontiers of biomedical research.

Grounded on a strong relationship with the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics, BMB offers truly interdisciplinary training that is coordinated by a fluid and diverse faculty representing many departments and schools of the University.

The more than 90 research laboratories affiliated with BMB share common interests to understand biological phenomena at the fundamental molecular level, exploiting an ever-increasing battery of biochemical and biophysical techniques.

Kim A. Sharp, Ph.D.
Chair, Graduate Group in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

Kelli McKenna
Staff Coordinator, Graduate Group in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

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B&B/BMB Annual Retreat
November 9-10, 2017
at Skytop Lodge

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Check out the photos from the 2016 B&B/BMB Retreat here.



Recruitment 2018




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