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Hongzhe Lee, Professor of Biostatistics & Epidemiology and James (Jim) Wilson, Professor of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine were co-recipients of the Jane M. Glick Graduate Student Teaching Award.


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2013 Student Awards

NeuroImage CoverStathis Gennatas (NGG Student), created an image that made the front cover of the October 1, 2012 issue of NeuroImage. This image is based on data from hisNeuron paper entitled “Predicting regional neurodegenration from the healthy brain functional connectome”.



Chris Dengler (NGG) has been awarded a predoctoral fellowship from the Epilepsy Foundation.

Brigid Jensen (NGG) is the Poster Award Recipient for Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s 23rd Annual Research Poster Day – February 27, 2013.

Russ Port (NGG) has been awarded a one-year predoctoral fellowship from the Autism Science Foundation.

National Research Service Award (NRSA) Recipients:
Chris Dengler (NGG)
Brigid Jensen (NGG)
Nicole Martinez-Gonzalez (BMB)

NSF Research Fellowship Award:
Anissa Alexander (CAMB-CBP)
Ben Dyer (CAMB – MVP)
Amanda Hay (CAMB – MVP)
Brianne Jeffrey (NGG)
Mi Kwon (CAMB – CBP)
M. Morgan Taylor (NGG)
Kellie Woll (PGG)
Zhenyu Zhao (BMB)

2013 Faculty Awards

David Artis, PhD (IMUN & CAMB Faculty) is the recipient of the AAI-BD Biosciences Investigator Award for his outstanding early-career research contributions to the field of Immunology. Dr. Artis was recognized for the award at the AAI Centennial Meeting May 3-7, in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Garret FitzGerald, MD, FRS (PGG Faculty) has been awarded the 2013 Grand Prix Scientifique by the Institut de France. The award is shared with Carlo Patrono, MD, at the Catholic University Rome, for their development of low-dose aspirin for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. This award is considered the world’s most prestigious prize for cardiovascular research.

Meera V. Sundaram, PhD (CAMB) is the 2013 recipient of the Jane M. Glick Graduate Student Teaching Award.

2013 Alumni Awards

Danielle Haney, PhD (IGG - 2012) and Tishina Okegbe, PhD (CAMB - 2011), in partnership with the Philadelphia-based Science Education Academy (SEA), have established a pilot program, International Connections, with students in Lesotho, Southern Africa.

Jessica Bertout (CAMB – 2009) has been awarded the 2013 Marsha Rivkin Center for Ovarian Cancer Research Gilman Family Scientific Scholar Award for her project entitled “High-Resolution Detection of Somatic Ovarian Cancer Mutations in Bodily Fluids”.

Ralph Deberardinis, MD-PhD (CAMB – 1998) has been elected to the American Society for Clinical Investigation. Dr. Deberardinis also received tenure at UT-Southwestern as an Associate Professor.

Iris Zamir Jaffe, MD-PhD (CAMB – 1997) has been elected as a member of the American Society of Clinical Investigation (ASCI) and was also awarded the American Society of Hypertension Young Scholar Award.


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2012 Student Awards

We are pleased to announce that this year's Tom Kadesch Prize in Genetic Research will be awarded to Dr. Ishmail Abdus-Saboor . Ishmail was a student in the Genetics and Epigenetics (G&E) program of the Cell and Molecular Biology (CAMB) graduate group, and received his Ph.D. in 2012. His thesis work, performed in the lab of Dr. Meera Sundaram, used a simple model system, the nematode C. elegans, to define multiple genetically-separable roles for Ras signaling in tubular organ development. Ishmail also identified a conserved Nkx5-family transcription factor that cooperates with Ras signaling to control tube morphology. These projects resulted in first-author publications in Development and Developmental Biology.

The Kadesch prize will be presented to Dr. Abdus-Saboor at the upcoming Genetics Symposium on November 28, 2012. In addition to receiving a $1000 cash prize, Dr. Abdus-Saboor will speak about his research at the Symposium. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Abdus-Saboor and make plans to attend the award ceremony and Symposium on November 28.

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Josh Allen (BMB) has been selected to participate in the 2012 St. Jude National Graduate Student Symposium (NGSS) where he will present his work on “Potent anti-tumor effects of TIC10 require Foxo3a and TRAI gene upregulation”.Josh also received a 2011 AACR-Bristol-Myers Squibb Scholar-in-Training Award from the AACR (American Association for Cancer Research). He is now completing his Ph.D. with Wafik El-Deiry at Hershey Medical Center.

Sydney Brown (EPID) was awarded the Clinical Epidemiology Research Prize for her paper entitled “The Epidemiology of Intensive Care Unit Readmissions in the United States”.

Jacqueline Morris (PHRM) is the 2012 winner of the Solomon and Catherine Erulkar Traveling Fellowship award.

Marino Pagan (NGG) won the “Best Oral Presentation” award at the BGSA Symposium.

Kevan Salimian (BMB) was awarded the Dr. Roy G. Williams Award for “meritorious research in basic medical sciences”.

Emily Bassett (BMB) is the recipient of the 2012 P. Leslie Dutton Award for Outstanding Publication by a BMB graduate student (Developmental Cell 22:749-762).

Lu Chen (BSTA) is the recipient of the Jonathan Raz Best Qualifying Exam Award.

Victoria Gamerman (BSTA) is the recipient of the Student Citizenship Award.

Sandra Griffith (BSTA) is the recipient of the Deming Student Scholar Award.

Laurel Redding (EPID) was awarded with a Nell Mondy Fellowship from Graduate Women in Science for research work in Peru.

Vanessa Trojani (NGG) was selected for the NIH National Graduate Student Research Conference October 9-10, 2012.

Matthew White (BSTA) is the recipient of the ENAR Distinguished Student paper Award.

NSF Fellowship Awards:
Cierra Danko (CAMB)
Gregory Osborn (CAMB)
Zahra Parker (CAMB)

NRSA Recipients:
Morgan Bridi (NGG)
Morgan Desantis (BMB)
Angela Jablonski (NGG)
Armen Moughamian (NGG)
Whitney Parker (NGG)
Lauren Stutzbach (NGG)


2012 Faculty Awards

Carl H. June, MD (IMUN & CAMB) won the 2012 Philadelphia Award for advancements in gene therapy aimed at treating HIV and cancer. As published in an article in Penn Medicine News, two children with an aggressive form of childhood leukemia had a complete remission of their disease--showing no evidence of cancer cells in their bodies -– after treatment with a novel cell therapy that reprogrammed their immune cells to rapidly multiply and destroy leukemia cells.

NIH Awards Penn Scientists $10 million Over Five Years for Innovative Research on Single Cells

Eberwine & KimJames Eberwine, PhD, Elmer Holmes Bobst Professor of Pharmacology in the Perelman School of Medicine, and JunhyongKim, PhD, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Professor of Biology in the School of Arts and Sciences, will be studying the role of how messenger RNA (mRNA) molecules vary in their function in individual cells with a five-year, $10 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Their award is supported by the NIH Common Fund and is part of three initiatives of the Single Cell Analysis Program (SCAP). Eberwine and Kim are also Co-directors of the Penn Genomic Frontiers Institute.

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Penn Medicine's Daniel J. Rader, MD, Receives American Heart Association's Clinical Research Prize

RaderDaniel J. Rader, MD, professor of Medicine and chief, Division of Translational Medicine and Human Genetics, at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, 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. Dr. Rader received the award on November 4th during the opening ceremony of the AHA Scientific Sessions in Los Angeles, CA.

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2012 Institute of Medicine members:
Please join us in congratulating three BGS professors who have been elected members of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, one of the nation's highest honors in biomedicine.

Shelly Berger Nancy Bonini Carl June
Shelley L. Berger,
Nancy M. Bonini,
Carl H. June,

2012 Sloan Fellowship recipients:
Christopher Fang-Yen
, PhD (NGG), Benjamin F. Voight, PhD (GCB). Since 1955, the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation has granted yearly fellowships to early-career scientists and scholars whose achievements and potential identify them the next generation of scientific leaders. To qualify, candidates must be nominated by their peers and selected by an independent panel of senior scholars. Each Fellow receives a two-year, $50,000 award to further his or her research.

2012 Jane M. Glick Graduate Student Teaching Award:
BGS is delighted to announce this year’s recipient of the Jane M. Glick Graduate Student Teaching Award is Vladimir Muzykantov, MD, PhD (PHRM). Vlad will be presented this award during the BGS Graduation Ceremony scheduled for May 14, 2012 at the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Please join us in congratulating Vlad on receiving this award!

2012 Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching:
Mitchell Lewis
, PhD (BMB), is the 2012 recipient of Penn’s highest teaching honor. With a rare knack for maintaining a relaxed and fun research environment, while at the same time churning out some of the most significant publications in the field of structural biology, Dr. Lewis lectures to the students about complicated mechanisms in such a relaxed manner, that one feels like he is having a casual conversation with the students over lunch.\

2012 Medical Research Award in Neuropsychiatric Disorders:
Virginia M. Y. Lee
, PhD, MBA, (CAMB, NGG, PHRM, BMB) and John Q. Trojanowski, MD, PhD (NGG), both professors of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, have been named recipients of the 24th annual award, by the Robert J. and Claire Pasarow Foundation.

2012 Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin Award of the Protein Society:
Mark Lemmon, PhD (BMB).The award, sponsored by Genentech, is granted in recognition of exceptional contributions in protein science, which profoundly influence our understanding of biology.

Christopher Hunter, PhD (CAMB & IMUN) is the 2012 elected Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

Taku Kamabyashi, MD, PhD (IMUN) is the recipient of the David B. Pall Prize for Innovation in Transfusion Medicine.

Gary Koretzky, MD, PhD (CAMB & IMUN) was elected to the American Academy of Arts & Sciences.

Mark Lemmon, PhD (BMB) has been designated as the George W. Raiziss Professor in Biochemistry and Biophysics.

Jonathan Maltzman, MD, PhD (CAMB & IMUN) is the recipient of the American Society of Transplantation’s Basic Science Career Development Award.

Yvonne Paterson, PhD (IMUN) is the 2012 winner of the Vaccine Industry’s Excellence (VIE) Award for Best Therapeutic Vaccine.

Trevor Penning, PhD (BMB & PGG) is the inaugural recipient of the endowed Thelma Brown and Henry Charles Molinoff Professor of Pharmacology.

Nathalie Scholler, MD, PhD (IMUN) is the recipient of the 2012 Early Career Faculty Travel Award from the American Association of Immunologists.

Andrei Thomas-Tikhonenko, PhD (CAMB & IMUN) is the 2012 winner of the Cancer Biology Teaching Award.

2012 Alumni Awards

Congratulations to Thomas Petty, PhD (GCB – 2010), who recently won a highly competitive interdisciplinary research award from SystemsX. This award funds a project bridging groups from computational and biological sciences and the clinic, in order to create medically-relevant innovations.

Brian Brooks, M.D., Ph.D (PHRM – 1997) will receive the Camras Translational Research Award from the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology in May 2012.

Jessica Taaffe, Ph.D. (CAMB – 2011) started a Global Health Interest Group at the NIH. The purpose of the group is to unite the community of NIH researchers involved in global health activities, and to give fellows more exposure to these activities. For more information, please visit: Global Health Interest Group.

Congrats to Jonathan Maltzman, MD, PhD (IMUN – 1997) and Jason Mills, MD, PhD (CAMB – 1997) who were recently inducted into the American Society for Clinical Investigation (ASCI).


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2011 Student Awards

2011 Soros Scholars Fellowship Award Winners
Congratulations to Yoonhee Patricia Ha, MD/PhD (Epidemiology) and Yin Li, MD/PhD (Neuroscience), who have been named as two of this year's Soros Scholars ( The Fellowship provides up to $90,000 towards graduate education over two years. This year, 30 Scholars were selected from a pool of over 1000 applicants. The purpose of The Paul & Daisy Soros Fellowships for New Americans is to provide opportunities for continuing generations of able and accomplished New Americans to achieve leadership in their chosen fields. The Program is established in recognition of the contributions New Americans have made to American life and in gratitude for the opportunities the United States has afforded the donors and their family.

NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Awards
Congratulations to Laura Castellano, PhD (Pharmacology; mentor: Jim Shorter), Janine Hall, PhD (Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering; mentor: Matt Lazzara), and Peter Huwe, PhD (BMB; mentor: Ravi Radhakrishnan), who were awarded NSF Graduate Research Fellowships. The purpose of the NSF Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) is to help ensure the vitality and diversity of the scientific and engineering workforce in the United States. The program recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students who are pursuing research-based master's and doctoral degrees in fields within NSF's mission. The GRFP provides three years of support for the graduate education of individuals who have demonstrated their potential for significant achievements in science and engineering research. The ranks of NSF Fellows include numerous individuals who have made transformative breakthroughs in science and engineering research, many who have become leaders in their chosen careers, and some who have been honored as Nobel laureates.

2011 American Heart Association Predoctoral Fellowships
Steve Artim (advisor: Mark Lemmon), Yu-San Huoh (advisor: Kate Ferguson), and Jin Park (advisor: Mark Lemmon) were awarded Predoctoral Fellowships from the American Heart Association (AHA). The AHA Fellowships help students initiate careers in cardiovascular and stroke research by providing research assistance and training.

Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Awards
Congratulations to Coby Zysking (Kelly Jordan-Sciutto's lab) and Mike Hart (Aaron Gitler's lab) on receiving National Research Service Awards (NRSAs) from the NIH. The NRSA program has been used by the NIH as the primary means of supporting graduate and postdoctoral research training since enactment of the NRSA Legislation in 1974. This program uses a combination of institutional training grants and individual fellowships to ensure a continuing supply of well-trained scientists prepared to conduct cutting-edge health-related research.

2011 Howard Hughes Medical Institute International Student Research Fellowships
The Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) awarded Jie Xu, MD/PhD (CAMB) and Ankit Jain, MD/PhD (NGG) with 2011‐12 International Student Research Fellowships. The HHMI fellowship supports international students who are excelling in their fields of study, and provides them with annual stipends and educational allowances for years 3‐5 of their PhD programs.

Jon Samuel Kanefield Prize
Sarah Clark
, PhD (CAMB – 2011), was awarded with the Jon Samuel Kanefield Prize for Cystic Fibrosis Research on June 10, 2011.  This award will provide Sarah with funds for her travel to the Gordon Conference this academic year to present her research on “How phyosphorycholine influences Haemophilus influenza colonization and antibody response to the bacteria.”

Rose Meadow Levinson Memorial Prize
Scott Bresler (advisor: Mark Lemmon)

P. Leslie Dutton Award for Outstanding Graduate Student Publication
Katarina Moravcevic (advisor: Mark Lemmon)

2011 Saul Winegrad Award for Outstanding Dissertation winners:


2011 Faculty Awards

Ben E. Black, PhD, Assistant Professor in Biochemistry and Biophysics, is the recipient of the Michael S. Brown New Investigator Research Award, a 2011 Penn Medicine Award of Excellence.

Aaron Gitler, PhD, assistant professor of Cell and Developmental Biology was recently awarded the Instituto Paulo Gontijo International Medicine PG Award for the best ALS research by a young investigator. The award includes a $20,000 cash prize, a gold medal, and an invitation to present at the International Symposium on ALS/MND in Sydney, Australia in November 2011. The award for research related to ALS - amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease) – is sponsored by the Instituto Paulo Gontijo, a Brazilian institution conceived by the physicist and engineer Paulo Gontijo.

Professor of Pharmacology Trevor Penning, PhD, and colleagues have received a 2011 Prostate Cancer Foundation Challenge Award. This is a multi-investigator grant awarded to Penn and three other institutions to find new treatments for patients with advanced prostate cancer. The grant totals $500,000 per year for up to three years for all investigators. Please click here for full article.

Dr. 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.

Casim Sarkar, PhD (BMB), received a NSF Career Award for his proposal “Engineering Biomolecules and Cells for Oral Protein Delivery.”

David Boettiger, PhD (CAMB), David Weiner, Ph.D. (CAMB), Nigel W. Fraser, Ph.D. (CAMB), Gideon Dreyfuss, PhD (BMB) and Jim Alwine, PhD (CAMB), were named Fellows of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS).



2011 Alumni Awards


Jeffrey N. Myers, MD, PhD (BMB – 1991) was recently awarded with a two-year NIH Challenge Grant in the amount of $2M for his research project “Comprehensive Analysis of Genetic Alterations in Oral Cancer”. The goals of the project are to generate a comprehensive database of nearly all genomic alterations in a single sample set of 50 oral cancer specimens and perform somatic mutation analysis on all expressed genes, and identity structural abnormalities over the whole genome.

Currently, Dr. Myers is Professor and Director of Research in the Department of Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center where he maintains an active surgical practice, in addition to a productive research laboratory. The major interest of Dr. Myers’s laboratory is studying “Progression and Metastasis of Oral Cancer”.

Dr. Corkey photo Barbara E. Corkey, PhD (BMB – 1981), Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry at Boston University, received the American Diabetes Association’s prestigious 2011 Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award. The Banting Medal for Scientific Achievement Award is the Association’s highest scientific award and honors an individual who has made significant, long‐term contributions to our understanding of diabetes, its treatment and/or prevention. The award is named after Nobel Prize winner Sir Frederick Banting, who co‐discovered insulin treatment for diabetes.
Dr. Lin photo Shih‐Wen (Wenny) Lin, PhD (CAMB – 2008), is currently a Cancer Prevention Fellow in the Division of Cancer Epidemiology & Genetics at the National Cancer Institute where she recently received the 2011 NCI Director’s Innovation Award. Dr. Lin was honored with this award for her research proposal entitled “Immunoglobulin gene repertoire and gastric cancer.” Dr. Lin also chaired the “Immune Markers and Cancer Symposium” at the 3rd North American Congress of Epidemiology meeting this past June in Montreal, Canada.

David Calkins, PhD (NGG – 2004) was awarded the 2011 Rudin Prize by the New York Academy of Medicine for his work on neurodegeneration in glaucoma. He is currently Vice-Chairman and Professor of Ophthalmology & Visual Sciences at the Vanderbilt School of Medicine.

Leah Sabin, PhD (CAMB – 2 011) was awarded the Damon Runyon Cancer Research Foundation Fellowship.

Nan Wu, PhD (PHRM – 2010), was honored as a 2011 recipient of the Chinese Government Award for Outstanding Self‐Financed Students Abroad.

Mike Kisley, PhD (INSC –2000), received the 2011 Outstanding Teaching Award at the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs. He also recently received funding from the National Institute on Aging to support his research on age‐related changes in the interaction of attention and emotion.

Stephanie Murphy, VMB, PhD ( BMB – 1996), received the 2011 Nathan R. Brewer Scientific Achievement Award from the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science. She will be presented with the award on October 2, 2011, at the San Diego Convention Center, where she will also give the Nathan R. Brewer lecture.

Jessica Panzer, PhD (INSC – 2006), received the 2011 Meg Olivia Barkman Scholarship during her pediatric neurology residency at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia and will continue on at CHOP as a research fellow with Marc A. Dichter, MD, PhD.

Jason Stadanlick, PhD (IMUN – 2008), recently received the Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award and first‐authored a manuscript in the July 15, 2011 issue of The Journal of Immunology (Vol. 187, No. 2, pgs. 664‐675).

Betty B. Tong, PhD (CAMB – 1997), received the 2011 Award for Excellence in Technology Transfer from the Federal Laboratory Consortium for Technology Transfer (FLC). This award recognizes federal employees who have accomplished outstanding work in the process of transferring a technology developed by a federal laboratory to the commercial marketplace.

Michelle Kinder, PhD (IMUN – 2010), successfully authored a competitive research proposal in tumor immunology on determining the importance of dendritic cells and type I interferon, and was subsequently awarded the prestigious Irvington Institute Fellowship from the Cancer Research Institute.

Linda A. Lieberman, PhD (IMUN – 2004), was chosen to participate in the inaugural year of the Public Policy Fellowship Program sponsored by the American Association of Immunologists. The program will begin in May 2011 and will last for one year. Only 10 junior scientists were chosen across the U.S. for this program.

Kimberly Noble, MD, PhD (NGG – 2005), was named a 2011 Association for Psychological Science “Rising Star”. This award is given to those in the early stages of their career, but who are already making significant contributions to the field of psychological science.

David Stachura, PhD (CAMB – 2006), was recently awarded a K01 award (5-year mentored grant) for his work on zebrafish blood development.



The Leadership Alliance - a partner of the BGS Summer Undergraduate Internship Program - receives the Presidential Award for Mentoring.

Joel S. Bennett, MD (BMB), won the 2010 Beutler Prize which is given to a basic scientist or clinical researcher whose work has changed the field of medicine.

J. Michael Sauder (BMB 1998), received Eli Lilly and Company's most prestigious scientific recognition that it awards to its scientists, the Lilly Research Laboratories (LRL) President's Award. The Award recognized Dr. Sauder's contributions to the enablement of structure-based drug design, the Laboratory Information Management System (LIMS) in use by the company's structural biology group and his project leadership of the New York SGX Research Center for Structural Genomics (NYSGXRC), an industry-academic consortium funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of the Protein Structure Initiative.

2010 Flexner Award Winners
Congratulations to NGG student Amanda Crocker (Amita Sehgal's lab) and Bioengineering student Jonathan Viventi (Brian Litt's lab) for being awarded this year's Flexner Award for Outstanding Thesis Work in the Neurosciences. Amanda and Jonathan received a monetary award and their names will be engraved on the plaque that now hangs in the Barchi Library. Students in any graduate group who did their Ph.D. on a neuroscience related topic in any lab across the University are eligible for the Flexner Award. Recipients are selected by the NGG Awards Committee.

2010 Cognitive Science Society Robert J. Glusko Dissertation Prize Recipient
Congratulations to Jeff Chih-tat Law, who worked in Josh Gold's lab and received his Ph.D. in 2009, on receiving the 2010 Glusko Dissertation Prize from the Cognitive Science Society.

2nd year student, Laura Castellano is a recipient of a National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP) Fellowship.

Awardees of the 2010 John S. O'Brien Research Awards at the 27th Annual Symposium were Lindsay B. McKenna for Best Oral Presentation, and Melissa Love for Best Poster Presentation.


Pharmacological Sciences student Rudy Fuentes wins the Mary Rodes Gibson Memorial Award in Hemostasis and Thrombosis for being the first author and presenter of the highest-scoring abstract submitted in this field. Award was presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the American Society of Hematology in New Orleans, Louisiana and came with a $5,000 honorarium and a $1,000 allowance for travel and expenses to the ASH annual meeting.