About the 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. The Foundation has an 85-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 spectroscopies in ultraviolet-visible-infrared, in microwave electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR); in nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR), in cellular oxygen tracing, in microscopy (optical and electron) and in X-ray crystallography, and a graphics studio to assist in presentations.

Johnson Foundation Biophysical and Structural Biology Core

The Department of Biochemistry and Biophyiscs, with help from the Johnson Foundation, is priviledged to offer a wide range of unique equipment and expertise on a variety of services including:

  • X-ray
  • Mass Spectrometry
  • Spectroscopy
  • Thermodynamics
  • Ultracentrifugation
  • Chromatography

JF Biophysical and Structural Biology Core Facilities