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Current Faculty Announcements

Special distinction goes to -

Garret A. FitzGerald was awarded with the inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Science Medal Science Medal by the prime minister of Ireland. The Medal recognizes the achievements of a distinguished Irish scientist or engineer, living and working in the US.

Dr. FitzGerald was also recently awarded the 2013 Grand Prix Scientifique by the Institut de France, one of the largest prizes for scientific accomplishment and considered the world’s most prestigious prize for cardiovascular research.

He is also the recipient of the 2013 Scheele Award from the Swedish Academy of Pharmaceutical Sciences given to prominent scientists in the field of drug research and development to commemorate the skills and achievements of the famous Swedish chemist and pharmacist Carl Wilhelm Scheele.

Additionally, Dr. FitzGerald has been named the 2012 recipient of the Louis and Arthur Lucian Award from McGill University, Montreal, Canada in recognition of his ground-breaking work on cardiovascular disease.

Other recent honors include being included among the 44 newly elected Fellows and eight newly elected Foreign Members to the Royal Society. The Royal Society is a self-governing fellowship of distinguished scientists drawn from all areas of science, engineering, and medicine.

October 2013 -

Caryn Lerman is one of four Penn researchers to receive FDA/NIH-funding to establish a University Tobacco Center of Regulatory Science (Penn TCORS).

James Shorter has been awarded a Muscular Dystrophy Association research grant in addition to being a recipient of one of this year's Perelman School of Medicine's Awards of Excellence, the Michael S. Brown New Investigator Award, which recognizes emerging faculty investigators engaged in innovative discoveries.

Daniel Rader has been awarded the American Heart Association’s (AHA) Clinical Research Prize for developing new methods to identify factors regulating the metabolism of fat particles in the bloodstream and testing their impact on the development of atherosclerosis.

Andrew Tsourkas has been elected to Penn's Faculty Senate Nominating Committee.

Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science have named members of The Perelman School of Medicine in honor of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications, including David Weiner, Ph.D., professor of pathology and laboratory medicine, for pioneering and enabling discoveries in the area of DNA vaccines and promoting that field of research.

Tracy Bale is the recipient of the Society for Women’s Health Research Medtronic Prize for Scientific Contributions to Women’s Health.

Dennis Discher who has been honored with election to the National Academy of Engineering, among the highest professional distinctions given to an engineer, for his accomplishments in "elucidation of the effects of mechanical forces on cell physiology and stem cell development."

The 2012 recipient of the Jane M. Glick Graduate Student Teaching Award is Chair of the Pharmacology Graduate Group and Professor of Pharmacology, Vladimir Muzykantov! This award will be conferred during the BGS Graduation Ceremony scheduled for May 14, 2012 at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.

Trevor Penning is the inaugural recipient of the endowed Thelma Brown and Henry Charles Molinoff Professor of Pharmacology.

Congratulations to the following faculty for their recent honors and accomplishments -

March 2013 -

Benjamin F. Voight has received an award for over $100,000 from the W.W. Smith Charitable Trust to study the complex patterns of genetic inheritance and environmental factors that underlie cardiovascular disease, specifically in type-2 diabetics. Additionally, Dr. Voight is a 2012 Sloan Fellowship Recipient.

Along with another Penn researcher, Caryn Lerman is the recipient of a $2 million grant through the National Cancer Institute (NCI) initiative called “Provocative Questions” allowing them to study how the brain’s cognitive control system can be enhanced to improve decision-making processes that contribute to risky behaviors.

Mitchell Lazar has received special honors for his paper, "Diet-induced Lethality Due to Deletion of the Hdac3 Gene in Heart and Skeletal Muscle," which has been designated as one of the best papers published by the Journal of Biological Chemistry in 2011.

Virginia M. Y. Lee has been named a recipient of the 24th Annual Medical Research Award in Neuropsychiatric Disorders by the Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation.

Cynthia Otto, Director of the Penn Vet Working Dog Center was honored by the US Army Veterinary Corps. with an American flag and a certificate, recognizing her and her colleagues for their dedication "to medicine, research and promotion of the health of working dogs."

October 2012 -

Tracy Bale has been named co-leader in a new translational interdisciplinary research center at Penn to explore the role of sex and gender in behavioral health - the Center for the Study of Sex and Gender in Behavioral Health.

February 2012 -

Mark Lemmon is the recipient of the 2012 Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award from the Protein Society.

January 2012 -

Trevor Penning and colleagues have received a 2011 Prostate Cancer Foundation Challenge Award to find new treatments for patients with advanced prostate cancer.

James Eberwine received a Senior Scholar Award from the Ellison Medical Foundation which supports biological research in aging.

December 2011 -

Rahul Kohli has received a $500,000 grant from the Rita Allen Foundation, having been selected because of his research's potential for "revolutionary results." Kohli and his lab group integrate chemical biology and enzymology approaches to study the action of DNA modifying enzymes.

Ian Blair received the Eastern Analytical Symposium Award for Outstanding Achievement in Mass Spectrometry.

Teresa Reyes has been appointed to the NIH Study Section on Neuroendocrinology, Neuro-immunology, Rhythms, and Sleep Study Section.

John Hogenesch has been appointed as a Penn Fellow - this program provides leadership development to faculty in mid-career.

Mark Kahn has received a $6 million grant from Fondation Leducq to study lymphatic vascular defects and their contribution to human cardiovascular diseases.

Dennis Discher has been named the Robert D. Bent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering.

The following PGG members were recently welcomed to Penn's 25-Year Club - recognition of faculty and staff who have been members of the University community for 25 years:

Marc Dichter
Stephen Thom
David Weiner

Daniel Rader - along with a fellow Penn professor, and researchers at the Medical College of Wisconsin received a $9 Million NIH Grant to Study the Relationship Between Gene Variants and Cardiovascular Disease. Also of note Dr. Rader was recently elected as a new member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM), one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine.

Ted Abel was recently appointed as the Brush Family Professor of Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences.

We are proud to announce that three of this year’s recipients of the Penn Medicine Awards of Excellence are members of the PGG. Our special congratulations go out to Klaus Kaestner, Ph.D.; Caryn Lerman Ph.D., and Steven Siegel, M.D., Ph.D. of the Pharmacology Graduate Group as the recipients of the following awards -


·  Stanley N. Cohen Biomedical Research Award to Klaus H. Kaestner, Ph.D., of the Department of Genetics


·  Leonard Berwick Memorial Teaching Award to Steven Siegel, M.D., Ph.D., of the Department of Psychiatry


Alumni Announcements

2007 graduate Brian Brooks will receive the Camras Translational Research Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in May 2012.

2010 graduate Nan Wu is to be honored as a 2011 recipient of the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self-financed Students Abroad.

Armen Karamanian, wins 2008-2009 Wharton Business Plan Competition and rings NASDAQ bell Pictured here with Wharton Team.

Jennifer Oliver-Krasinski, research in the news: Implications for New Diabetes Treatments