Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Structural Biology and Molecular Biophysics Training Program

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Our mission is to leverage the immense resources, outstanding faculty and superb graduate students of the University of Pennsylvania to promote advanced training in structural biology and molecular biophysics. We seek to train a cadre of superlative students that will subsequently provide national leadership in both academia and industry in this core area of biomedical research in the United States.

The Structural Biology & Molecular Biophysics (SBMB) training program is the flagship predoctoral training program for quantitative biology at the University of Pennsylvania. The SBMB training program is designed to provide students with focused research training in structural and molecular biophysics integrated within a basic understanding of human biology and disease. 

The training faculty consists of nearly three dozen world-renowned researchers in the many areas of structural biology and molecular biophysics. Students are recruited from the BMB, Chemistry and Bioengineering Graduate Groups, though outstanding students from other graduate groups working in structural biology or molecular biophysics are also eligible.

Students are appointed to the SBMB program in their third year, for one year only. Students of trainers are given preference.  The program provides financial support, travel funds, and a variety of training activities. Students are expected to participate fully in the SBMB training program, particularly the weekly meetings.

Applications for the 2020-2021 year will open late spring 2020.  However, the program also has a full set of training activities starting Sept. 2019 for second year graduate students working in structural biology or molecular biophysics who wish to be eligible for a 2020-2021 appointment.

Please follow the Training Program Schedule link for the schedules of meetings for both trainees and prospective trainees.

For further information contact:

Kim Sharp, Ph.D.
Elizabeth Rhoades, Ph.D. 

Kelli McKenna

Feng Gai, Ph.D. (Chemistry)
Ronen Marmorstein, Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Biophysics)
Elizabeth Rhoades, Ph.D. (Chemistry)
Kim A. Sharp, Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Biophysics) 
Emmanuel Skordalakes, Ph.D. (Wistar Institute)