Junior Chemistry major Sam Levi won first place in the Chemical Sciences at the15th Annual Undergraduate Research Symposium in the Chemical and Biological Sciences. The event, hosted by the College of Natural & Mathematical Sciences, the Department of Chemistry & Biochemistry, and the Department of Biological Sciences, brings together undergraduates from all over the Mid-Atlantic to present the findings of their research.


Roy and Diana Vagelos Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology David Christianson will be named as the recipient of the 2013 Repligen Award.



Assistant Professor Joe Subotnik is one of just 16 recipients of a 2012 Packard Fellowship.


Assistant Professor James Petersson has been awarded the NSF CAREER Award.


Chemistry is all about the details. While lab work might revolve around scientific discovery, practicalities like time and money are inevitable byproducts. Gretchen Stanton, a chemistry doctoral candidate, is working to combat low efficiency reactions by researching easier ways to build molecular complexity. The major technique she employs is called the one-pot reaction, which speeds the product isolation and purification stages using multiple reactions sequentially. This works to eliminate waste and alleviate costs.


Join us at the Philadelphia ACS meeting for an alumni reception!


Ivan Dmochowski has been named a recipient of a 2012 McKnight Technological Innovations in Neuroscience Award along with his colleague James Eberwine (Perelman School of Medicine). The McKnight Endowment Fund for Neuroscience supports research projects that develop and apply innovative technologies for studying the brain and its diseases.

James Eberwine, PhD, Professor of Pharmacology, and Ivan J. Dmochowski, Associate Professor of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania, "TIVA-tag Enables True Neuronal Systems Genomics"


The Chemical Heritage Foundation, located in Philadelphia, has hosted more than 400 oral histories from the biggest names in the field of chemistry. Madeleine Joullié's oral history is highlighted in the July issue of First Person. Click the link to read it.

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