Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Group

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News in BMB:

Katya Grishchuk has been awarded the Michael S. Brown New Investigator Research Award, a 2014 Penn Medicine Award of Excellence. Previous BMB faculty recipients of this award incude Jim Shorter (2012), Ben Black (2011), Kate Ferguson (2008), Phong Tran (2007), and Greg Van Duyne (1999).

Congratulations to Gozde Eskici, winner of the Biophysical Journal's Outstanding Poster Award at the recent "Modeling of Biomolecular Systems Interactions, Dynamics, and Allostery: Bridging Experiments and Computations" meeting sponsored by the Biophysical Society. Gozde's advisor is Paul Axelsen.

Feng Gai has been selected to receive the 2014 American Chemical Society Philadelphia Section Award, which recognizes an individual "who, by conspicuous scientific achievement through research, has made important contributions to man's knowledge and thereby aided the public appreciation of the profession."

Congratulations to Jane Schulte, recipient of the Raiziss Award for the student who "performed best in 1st year course work and lab rotations".

The recipient of the 2014 Dutton Award for outstanding publication by a BMB student is John Welsh (advisors: Skip Brass and Scott Diamond). John will be presenting a talk at the B&B/BMB Retreat in November.

Nathaniel Nucci (Ph.D., 2008; advisor: Josh Wand) has been appointed Assistant Professor of Physics & Astronomy, and Translational & Biomedical Sciences, at Rowan University.

Steve Artim (advisor: Mark Lemmon), Rob Culik (advisor: Feng Gai), Peter Huwe (advisor: Ravi Radhakrishnan), and David Slochower (advisor: Paul Janmey) received the Ph.D. degree in August 2014. Congratulations to all!

Congratulations to Carrie Sims (thesis advisor: Joe Baur), who has been awarded the 2014 Jacobson Promising Investigator Award from the American College of Surgeons. The award will be presented at the ACS Clinical Congress in San Francisco in October 2014.

BMB alumnus, Joe Jez , has been named an HHMI Professor and is one of 15 "million dollar professors" nationwide to receive $1 million to establish "Biotech Explorers Pathway" at Washington U. in St. Louis, where he is associate professor. Read about it 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 75 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.
Interim Chair, 2014-2015
white pixelKathryn M. Ferguson, Ph.D
Chair, Graduate Group in Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics


Check out the incoming BMB 2014 class here!


2013-14 BMB grads who attended the
BGS graduation ceremony on May 19, 2014

(from left to right - Yu Jin Chung (MS), Molly Sheehan, Kevan Salimian, Tomo Mani, Yu-San Huoh, Gabe Gonzalez,
Nick Bessman, Ed Ballister)

2011 BMB brochure


Information about the B&B/BMB Retreat on November 20 - 21 at Skytop Lodge is here.

BMB 2015 Student Recruitment Days: PhD: February 6 and February 27; MD/PhD: January 8-9.

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