Richards Society

The Richards Society is a new society for the Perelman School of Medicine Tenure Track Assistant Professors with the purpose of providing opportunities for networking and support within this community. The society is named for Alfred Newton Richards, Ph.D. (1876 – 1966). Born in Stamford, New York and educated at Yale College and Columbia University, Richards was Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania from 1910 to 1946. He had the distinct honor of serving as Chairman of the Committee on Medical Research under President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II. Additionally, Richards was a Lasker awardee and served as President of the National Academy of Sciences.

Some of Richards’ major contributions include:

Inulin to measure glomerular filtration rate

Micro puncture techniques to demonstrate tubular reabsorption

Made penicillin widely available during WWII


Richards Building

Richards’ name is commonly associated with his namesake, The Richards Medical Research Laboratories, an iconic building on PSOM’s campus. The structure is a National Historic Landmark in American architecture and one of the most important buildings at Penn. Designed by architect Louis I. Kahn and built in 1962, the original structure is a bold example of modern architecture and continues to evolve in its current renovations. 

2017 Steering Committee:

Hamid Bassiri, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Donita Brady, Ph.D., Presidential Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Biology

Matt Good, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Cell and Developmental Biology

Jeremy Wilusz, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics


Staff Support:

Carolyn Henry, Office of the EVD/CSO

For more information regarding the Richards Society, please contact Carolyn at:




Richards Bldg 2016