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Kim A. Sharp, PhD
Chair

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: Peter Carman (Blavatnik), 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)

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Seminars & Events

  • Pictures from the joint B&B Dept. and BMB graduate group Mini Symposium, held 26th Feb, 2021 Group Photo Happy Hour

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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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