Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Group

Welcome to BMB!

News in BMB:

Congratulations to the August 2015, December 2015, and May 2016 BMB grads!


Sandya Ajith, Ph.D.
Helen Chen, Ph.D.
Rachelle Crescenzi, Ph.D.
Kyle Harpole, Ph.D.
Nicole Martinez, Ph.D.
Alec Ricciuti, M.S.
Roland Santiago-Rivera, Ph.D.
John Welsh, Ph.D.
Zhengyi "Neo" Wu, Ph.D.


Carlos Gay-Antaki, M.S.
Jin Hyung Park, Ph.D.
Evan Smoak, Ph.D.

New BMB faculty members: Elizabeth Rhoades(Associate Professor of Chemistry) and Walter Witschey(Assistant Professor of Radiology)

The 2016 Saul Winegrad Award for Outstanding Dissertation goes to John Douglas Welsh. "A systems approach to hemostasis: how the feedback between thrombus structure and molecular transport regulate the hemostatic response." Advisors- Lawrence F. Brass, M.D., PhD., & Scott L. Diamond, PhD.

The 2016 Jane M. Glick Graduate Student Teaching Award goes to Erika Holzbaur.

Eric Brown, Associate Professor of Cancer Biology, has recently joined the Graduate Group.

NSF Fellowship Honorable Mention awards go to BMB students, Martin Iwanicki, Simon Kelow and Zach March!

Congratulations to Ben Garcia, recipient of the 2016 Protein Science Young Investigator Award! Read Penn Medicine's article about the award here.

Our newest faculty member is Alessandro Gardini, Wistar Institute Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Jin Park (advisor: Mark Lemmon) successfully defended her thesis on February 3rd. Congratulations!

Josh Allen, 2012 BMB grad, has been selected for the "Forbes 30 Under 30" list in healthcare.

2015 B&B/BMB Retreat Poster Awards!
First Place Josh Wand Award in Biophysics: Evan O'Brien
Second Place Award in Biophysics: Cory Rice
Third Place Award in Biophysics: James Townsend
First Place Kate Ferguson Award in Biochemistry: Kelly Karch
Second Place Award in Biochemistry:
Francesca Tuazon
Third Place Award in Biochemistry: Chris Yarosh

Congratulations to Erika Holzbaur, recipient of the 2015 Stanley N. Cohen Biomedical Research Award from the Perelman School of Medicine. This elite award recognizes research excellence in the basic sciences at Penn. Other BMB recepients of this award have been Gideon Dreyfuss (1996), Virginia Lee (2000), Yale Goldman (2005), and Mark Lemmon (2009)

Read more news here

Congratulations Graduates!

Graduation Pictures

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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

See Administration for more BMB Graduate Group contact information.


Faculty and students, mark your calendars!

The Fellows of the Chemistry Biology Interface Training Grant would like to invite you to join them for their annual CBI Retreat, which will be held on Monday June 13th, 2016 from 10:00 am to 6:30 pm at Bryn Mawr College. The day will feature a keynote lecture given by Dr. Lawrence Shapiro (Columbia), poster presentations and oral presentations from graduate students/postdocs, and a happy hour.

Please register for the retreat using the following link:


BMB Annual Retreat

Make plans to attend the 2016 B&B/BMB Annual Retreat: November 17-18 at Skytop Lodge.

Check out the photos from the 2015 B&B/BMB Retreat here (November 12 - 13 at Skytop Lodge).


BMB 2017 Recruitment Days: January 27 and February 10.

MD/PhD Program: January 12-13



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