Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Group

Welcome to BMB!

News in BMB:

Ben Garcia has received a Scholar Award from the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Our newest faculty member is Roberto Bonasio, Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology.

Congratulations to our December 2014 graduates: Devin Dersh, Ph.D., Vignesh Kasinath, Ph.D., Laura Williams, M.S.

Brian Salzberg was recently elected a Fellow of the Optical Society (OSA). Read about it here.

A 2014 Packard Fellowship for Science and Engineering has been awarded to Alison Sweeney. Read about it here.

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.

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).






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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



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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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