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Welcome to the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics

Kristen W. Lynch, PhD
Ronen Marmorstein, PhD
Vice Chair

As one of the first departments of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the nation, we are proud of our strong tradition of combining cutting-edge technology with impactful biology. We continue to leverage this interdisciplinary approach to yield break-through discoveries in biomedicine.

Our faculty of over 30 primary and secondary members cover a broad range of research areas, with particular strengths in structural biology, chemical biology, gene regulation and protein folding. 

We are also the proud home of the Eldridge Reeves Johnson Research Foundation which offers advanced physical instrumentation and instruction to researchers across campus.

We are actively growing, with several recent hires, and our faculty are broadly engaged across campus with many joint appointments in other departments, institutes and centers.

We welcome you to learn more about our department in the following pages or contact us.


News & Publications

  • Shorter Lab in JACS
    September 2020
    Supramolecular Mechanism of Viral Envelope Disruption by Molecular Tweezers
  • Van Duyne Lab in Retrovirology
    August 2020
    Influence of the amino-terminal sequence on the structure and function of HIV integrase
  • Shorter Lab in Science Translational Medicine
    September 2020
    C9orf72 poly(GR) aggregation induces TDP-43 proteinopathy
  • Garcia receives HUPO award
    September 2020
    Congratulations to Ben Garcia, PhD, who was selected for the HUPO Discovery in Proteomic Sciences Award

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Seminars & Events

  • Raiziss Rounds/BMB Student Talks | Kohli Lab
    Thurs, October 29, 2020 | 12 noon • on Bluejeans
    Invasion of the Base Snatchers
  • FR&DD | Nicole Martinez, PhD, K99 Post Doc, Yale University
    Fri, October 30, 2020 | 4 pm • on Bluejeans
    Maturation of modified mRNAs and myself
  • Special Seminar | Thomas Farid Martinez, PhD
    Mon, November 2, 2020 | 4 pm • on Zoom
    Annotation and Characterization of Human Protein-Coding Small Open Reading Frames

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Faculty Spotlight

Yale Goldman

Yale E. Goldman, MD, PhD, is Professor of Physiology at the University of Pennsylvania and former Director of the Pennsylvania Muscle Institute. 

 His lab investigates muscle contraction, molecular motors, protein synthesis, and develops advanced methods in optical microscopy and single molecule biophysics. Novel biophysical techniques that lead to striking research findings have included laser photolysis of caged ATP, stable isotope oxygen exchange, polarized total internal fluorescence microscopy for single molecule structural dynamics, ultra-high speed optical traps, “parallax view” 3D tracking of single molecules, and alternating laser excitation (ALEX) microscopy for single molecule FRET measurements. The lab is currently investigating cardiac muscle contraction, including hypertrophic cardiomyopathies, mechano-biology of cellular gene expression and termination and read-through at premature mRNA stop codons that lead to truncated proteins in diseases such as muscular dystrophy and cystic fibrosis.

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