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Kim A. Sharp, PhD

The BMB Graduate Group has more than 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 faculty member Kristen Lynch, winner of the 2021 Michael Nusbaum Graduate Student Mentoring Award
  • Congratulations to BMB faculty members Ben Black and Mike Lampson, recipients of the NIH Director's Transformative Research Award for their work on Mendelian Inheritance of Artificial Chromosomes
  • Congratulations to BMB faculty member and Chemistry Department Chair David Christianson for receiving the 2021 @PhilaACS Section Award. Award lecture will be held on Zoom on evening of October 14
  • 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 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)

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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

We are happy to welcome three new faculty to Penn and BMB

Cornelius Taabazuing, PhD

Cornelius Taabazuing's lab is interested in the molecular mechanisms of pyroptotic and apoptotic cell death and how cell death impacts immunogenicity. His lab is on the 9th floor, Stellar Chance, and will be open Jan 2022

Kara Bernstein, PhD

Kara Bernstein is moving from the University of Pittsburgh with her lab, arriving Summer 2022. She is a leader in the field of DNA damage.

Aaron Timperman, PhD

Aaron Timperman Research Interests: Nanotechnology, Proteomics, Lab on a Chip. His lab is on the 10th floor of Stellar-Chance.

NEW BMB Faculty Spotlight

George Burslem, PhD

George Burslem's Research Interests: Chemical Biology, Protein Engineering, Modulating PTMs 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.

Andres Blanco, PhD

Andres Blanco's Research Interests: Epigenetics in normal and pathological cells. Hs lab is in the Dept. of Biomedical Sciences in the Vet School

Kai Wang, PhD

Kai Wang's Research Interests: Genomics and bioinformatics methods to treat rare diseases. His lab is in the Dept. of Pathology

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