Richard's Society

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The Richards Society was formed in 2016 for Tenure Track Assistant Professors in the Perelman School of Medicine to provide opportunities for networking and support at Penn. The society is named for Alfred Newton Richards, Ph.D. (1876 – 1966). Born in Stamford, New York and educated at Yale College and Columbia University, Richards was Chair of Pharmacology at the University of Pennsylvania from 1910 to 1946. He had the distinct honor of serving as Chairman of the Committee on Medical Research under President Franklin D. Roosevelt during World War II. Additionally, Richards was a Lasker awardee and served as President of the National Academy of Sciences.


Richards Building: Richards’ name is commonly associated with his namesake, The Richards Medical Research Laboratories, an iconic building on PSOM’s campus. The structure is a National Historic Landmark in American architecture and one of the most important buildings at Penn. Designed by architect Louis I. Kahn and built in 1962, the original structure is a bold example of modern architecture and continues to evolve in its current renovations. 


Steering Committee:

Donita Brady, Ph.D., Presidential Assistant Professor, Department of Cancer Biology

Brian Capell, M.D. Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Dermatology

Kathryn Hamilton, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Pediatrics

Kellie Jurado, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Microbiology

David Merrick, M.D. Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Medicine

Jessica Morgan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Ophthalmology

Paul Titchenell, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Physiology

Elizabeth White, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Otorhinolaryngology


Staff Support:

Carolyn Henry, Office of the EVD/CSO

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