The Eldridge Reeves Johnson Foundation

Founded in 1929 in the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, the Eldridge Reeves Johnson Foundation for Research in Medical Physics is the world’s first institute dedicated to research into physical principles fundamental to medicine and its clinical practice. The Foundation reflects Johnson’s inventiveness, visionary approach, and his philanthropy: thirty years before he perfected the disk-playing phonograph and his Victor Talking Machine Company ultimately became RCA Victor.

The Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics is home to the Johnson Research Foundation. Founded in 1929, The Foundation has an 94-year record of instrumental invention and physical biochemical and medical application. It continues to provide a unique experience for graduate training in research facilities open to anyone pursuing an idea needing specialized physical approaches.

These facilities embrace instrumental design and construction and key advanced laboratories – offering expertise in a variety of biophysical and structural methods, including nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), cellular oxygen tracing, in microscopy (optical and electron) and in X-ray crystallography.