Welcome to the Biochemistry & Molecular Biophysics (BMB) Graduate GroupBMB Graduate Group Operations during the COVID-19 Alert Updated 14-oct-2020
The BMB Graduate Group consists of over 100 world class faculty in the schools of Medicine, Arts & Sciences, Engineering, Dentistry, and Veterinary Medicine, and the affiliated institutions Children's Hospital of Philadelphia & the Wistar Institute. The faculty are passionate about Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, and passionate about sharing their knowledge with the next generation of Ph.D's and Ph.D/MD's. Our mission is to produce the next generation of scientists, scholars, educators and leaders in biomedical sciences.
The BMB Graduate Group strongly encourages applications from under-represented minorities and students with disabilities. We partner with the School of Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania at large to provide a welcoming and supportive environment for these students. With the help of the university and medical school offices of diversity we built community, provide networking, peer support and mentoring, host annual symposia, and engage in outreach. With the help of Penn`s Office of Student Disabilities Services we provide extensive support for navigating Penn`s campus, providing accommodations, provide physical resources at the Weingarten Learning Center, and host an annual disability symposium, amongst other initiatives.
The BMB Graduate Group
offers interdisciplinary training through a rigorous but flexible
curriculum, exposure to cutting edge research and unmatched
laboratory and research instrumentation facilities. The graduate
group draws support from its 'home' department of
Biochemistry and Biophysics and the office of
Biomedical Graduate Studies which runs admissions and helps administer BMB and
the six other Ph.D programs centered in the Perelman School of
Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
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News, Awards & Publications
- Congratulations to BMB students who were recently awarded graduate fellowships: Heidi Elashal (NSF), Mary Szurgot (NIH), Julianna Supplee (NIH), Kahea Uehara (NIH), Katie Kixmoeller (NIH), Yuxi Ai (AHA) and Neha Srikumar (ACS).
- Congratulations to BMB faculty members Donita Brady, Eddie Lee, Ben Prosser and Jeremy Wilusz who were recently promoted to Associate Professor with tenure, and to Nik Sgourakis whose appointment as associate professor with tenure was made official.
Congratulations to Roberto Bonasio
recipient of this year's Max Planck-Humboldt Research Award in recognition of his outstanding work in the field of epigenetics (Nov 2020)
Donita Brady receives the Michael S. Brown New Investigator Award
For major conceptual advances in an entirely new field of oncogenic signaling that she herself helped to found. Her work involves a new paradigm in nutrient sensing and protein regulation in which redox-active metals control kinase activity, termed metalloallostery (Oct 2020)
Ben E. Black receives the Stanley N. Cohen Biomedical Research Award
Ben’s research centers on understanding a major question in genetics: what defines human centromeres, the chromosomal loci that confer genetic stability at cell division? Among the questions being explored by his lab are how genetic inheritance actually works; how epigenetic information was transmitted to us from our parents. (Oct 2020)
Seminars & Events
- Pictures from the joint B&B Dept. and BMB graduate group Mini Symposium, held 26th Feb, 2021 Group Photo Happy Hour
NEW BMB Faculty Spotlight
George Burslem, PhD
George Burslem's Research Interests: Chemical Biology, Protein Engineering, Modulating post-translational modifications for therapeutic purposes.
Bin Tian, PhD
Bin Tian's Research Interests: gene expression regulation at the RNA level. Alternative polyadenylation (APA).
Mustafa Mir, PhD
Mustafa Mir's Research Interests:Single molecule dynamics of gene expression and nuclear organization during embryonic development.
NEW BMB Faculty Spotlight
Liling Wan PhD
Liling Wan's Research Interests: the intersection of cancer biology and epigenetics, with a focus on chromatin and its regulatory network.
Cesar de la Fuente, PhD
Cesar de la Fuente's Research Interests: Machine Biology, Synthetic Biology, Computational Biology, Microbiology, Bioengineering
Nik Sgourakis, PhD
Nik Sgourakis' Research Interests: Mechanistic Molecular Immunology, Major Histocompatibility Complex for immune surveillance by T cells and Natural Killer cells
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