Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics
Our mission is to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive culture that fosters a sense of belonging and allows for creativity by all. From diversifying recruitment to creating a sense of community we are committed to developing an actively anti-racist Department. We will cultivate and honor the voices of our students, staff, and faculty. We seek to end the social injustices that have plagued our field since its inception, and will hold all members of our Department accountable, to ensure not mere equality but authentic inclusion.
As a Department, our goal is that this committee not simply facilitate specific programs, but rather that the principles of diversity, equity and inclusion permeate all aspects of our programs, our science and our interactions as a community.
Ronen Marmorstein, PhD | Faculty | Co-chair
Hana Odeh, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow | Co-chair
Nikaela Bryan | PhD Candidate
Olivia Dickens | PhD Candidate
Ben Garcia, PhD | Faculty
Jose Gorbea | PhD Candidate
Vera Moiseenkova-Bell, PhD | Faculty
Leon Palao III | PhD Candidate
Anne Levy Pugh | Staff
Janice Reynaga | PhD Candidate
PennFERBS (Freshman Exposure to Research in Biological Sciences)
The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics has joined with the Department of Biology to mentor undergraduate students traditionally underrepresented in the biological sciences. The program provides early exposure to research through structured mentorship, financial support, and career development. In Spring 2021, we have ten PennFERBS students in our B&B labs. This program was highlighted in online newsletter, PennToday.