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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Department of Biochemistry & Biophysics


DEI Committee

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.

Committee Members

Ronen Marmorstein, PhD | Faculty | Co-chair

Hana Odeh, PhD | Postdoctoral Fellow | Co-chair

Nikaela Bryan | PhD Candidate

Olivia Dickens | PhD Candidate

Jose Gorbea | PhD Candidate

Kushol Gupta, PhD | Faculty

Anne Levy | Staff

Vera Moiseenkova-Bell, PhD | Faculty 

Hillary C. M. Nelson, PhD | Faculty

Leon Palao III | PhD Candidate

Janice Reynaga | PhD Candidate


DEI Resources

Campus Resources

African American Resource Center

Greenfield Intercultural Center

La Casa Latina

The LGBT Center

Makuu, The Black Cultural Center

Pan-Asian American Community House

Penn Women's Center


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.