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Gerd A. Blobel, MD, PhDGerd A. Blobel, MD, PhD

Gerd A. Blobel, MD, PhD, The Frank E. Weise III Professor of Pediatrics, is the winner of the 2014 Stanley N. Cohen Biomedical Research Award, which recognizes a member of the Perelman School of Medicine faculty for a body of work with an emphasis on biomedical research. His groundbreaking research, linking chromatin biology and chromosome structure to normal and malignant hematopoiesis, has potential clinical applications to the treatment of Sickle Cell Disease and other significant medical disorders.


His proof of concept demonstration that chromatin looping can be manipulated to mitigate the devastating impact of Sickle Cell Disease is a testament to the importance of Dr. Blobel’s work. Equally impressive is his dedication to the development of young scientists, both in his research group and in the greater Penn community. Numerous graduate students who have been mentored by Dr. Blobel have gone on to successful scientific careers. He is one of the most sought after scientist at Penn by faculty and students alike as a teacher and scientific advisor. His colleagues consider him to be an innovative force in the competitive field of chromatin biology as his work is incisive and definitive and sets paradigms for others in the field.