Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Group

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News in BMB:

The Perelman School of Medicine Class of 2017 has selected Mitch Lewis for one of the Preclinical Teaching Awards. This award, given by second year medical students, recognizes faculty that rise above the call of duty in their dedication to preclinical education.

Poster prize winners at the recent B&B/BMB Retreat (Nov. 20-21 at Skytop Lodge in the Poconos):
Josh Wand 1st Place: Charlie Mo; 2nd Place: Monica Liu
3rd Place: Matt Stetz; Honorable Mention: Deborah Shroder & James Townsend.
Congratulations to all!

Devin Dersh (advisor: Yair Argon) successfully defended his thesis on November 14th!

PENNMedicine profiled Les Dutton in its Fall 2014 issue. The article entitled "Man of Many (P)arts" highlights his science and his artwork.

Arjun Raj is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, which is the NSF’s "most prestigious award in support of junior faculty who exemplify the role of teacher-scholars through outstanding research, excellent education and the integration of education and research within the context of the mission of their organizations". Read about it here.

Vignesh Kasinath (advisor: Josh Wand) successfully defended his thesis on October 17th! His postdoc will be with Eva Nogales at UC, Berkeley.

Katya Grishchukhas 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).

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 their Ph.D. degrees in August 2014. Congratulations to all!





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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)

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Pictures from the B&B/BMB Retreat on November 20 - 21 at Skytop Lodge are here.

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

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