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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

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Seminars & Events

  • Faculty Candidate Seminar | Serena Sanulli, PhD
    Mon, February 24, 2020 • 1:00 pm | BRB 251
    Heterochromatin organization and dynamics
  • Raiziss Rounds Seminar | Adam Cohen, PhD
    Thurs, February 27, 2020 • 12 noon | Austrian Auditorium, CRB
    Bringing bioelectricity to light
  • Friday Research Discussions | Chang Lab
    Fri, February 28, 2020 • 3:30 pm | JF Library, 2nd Floor Anatomy-Chemistry Building
    In situ structural study of molecular machines involved in microbial pathogenesis

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Faculty Spotlight

George Burslem

Welcome to our newest faculty member, George Burslem. Dr. Burslem is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics with a secondary appointment in Cancer Biology and affiliations to the Penn Epigenetics Institute and the Basser Center. George joined the department in January 2020 after a postdoctoral fellowship at Yale University with Prof. Craig Crews.

The Burslem Lab is interested in understanding and modulating lysine post-translational modifications, particularly ubiquitination and acetylation. To do this they employ a wide variety of techniques including synthetic organic chemistry, biochemistry, molecular biology and cell biology to gain new insights as well as develop new chemical biology tools and potential therapeutic approaches. George’s recruitment to Penn strengthens our presence in Chemical Biology and highlights the collaborative nature of research across the Penn campus.

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