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TCI reps will be visiting the Department to answer any questions you might have about their reagent, bulk, and custom chemical needs. And they will have free pizza.


Gary A. Molander, Hirschmann-Makineni Professor and Chemistry Department Chair, has been...

Assistant Professor Zahra Fakhraai is one of three Penn faculty to receive 2015 Sloan Research...

The Department of Chemistry will host a celebration of the life and career of David White at Penn....

Chemistry major, Chemistry submatriculant and graduating senior, Vinicius (Vinny) Ferreira...

Research Highlight

T. Baumgart


To survive and fulfill their biological functions, cells need to take in material from their environment. In this process, proteins within the cell pull inward on its membrane, forming a pit that eventually encapsulates the material in a bubble called a vesicle.


Researchers from the University of Pennsylvania have now revealed a relationship that governs this process, known as endocytosis.


Even Lerner writes about a study led by Tobias Baumgart that led to a publication in Nature Communications. Read more about it here.

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