Professor Benjamin Garcia, Presidential Professor in the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in Perelman School of Medicine, received a secondary appointment in Chemistry. Ben received his B.S. in Chemistry from UC Davis, where he was an undergraduate researcher with Prof. Carlito Lebrilla and was first introduced to the field of mass spectrometry. He received his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Virginia under the supervision of Prof. Donald Hunt , and then was an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois with Prof. Neil Kelleher.


The Department of Chemistry is deeply saddened to share the passing of our longtime NMR Director, Dr. George Furst.


His Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:30am Saturday, January 13, at St. Ignatius Church, 999 Reading Avenue, Yardley, PA. Entombment will follow in the parish cemetery. Friends may call from 8:30am to 10am Saturday at the FitzGerald-Sommer Funeral Home, 17 S. Delaware Avenue (River Road), Yardley.



Arrakis Therapeutics, a biopharmaceutical company based in Massachusetts, announced earlier this week that it has agreed to a license agreement with Penn based on research developed by Prof. David Chenoweth and his research group in the area of small molecule drug candidates that directly target RNA. The license will allow utilization of technology related to families of compounds that selectively bind specific nucleic acid structures, called three-way junctions, that are present in folded RNA and have attractive characteristics for potential therapeutic targeting of RNA. 


Abraham Nitzan has been awarded the 2017-18 Joseph O. Hirschfelder Prize in Theoretical Chemistry. The Hirschfelder Prize, established in 1991, is administered by the University of Wisconsin-Madison Theoretical Chemistry Institute. More information on the Prize can be found here.


Chemistry Professor Jeffrey Winkler has been named as an Affiliate Member of the Wistar Cancer Center. The Wistar Institute, the nation’s first independent institution devoted to medical research and training, is an international leader in basic biomedical research. It is located on Penn's campus.


Jennifer Matsui, a fourth-year student in Prof. Gary Molander's research group has been selected to receive a Bristol Myers Squibb Graduate Research Fellowship. Jennifer currently studies an area around the development of a mild, photoredox-mediated C-H alkylation procedure of heteroarenes using a wide variety of primary, secondary, and tertiary alkyltrifluoroborates.


Megan Matthews has officially joined the Department as an Assistant Professor of Chemistry. Megan, a bioinorganic chemist and chemical biologist by training, joins Penn after a stint as a Merck postdoctoral fellow of the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation in Prof. Ben Cravatt's group at The Scripps Research Institute in La Jolla, CA. Megan received her undergraduate degree in Chemistry from Miami University, and she performed her doctoral research with Profs. Marty Bollinger and Carsten Krebs at Penn State University.



Associate Professor Eric Schelter has been selected as the academic recipient of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency 2017 Green Chemistry Challenge Award. The Green Chemistry Challenge Awards promote the environmental and economic benefits of developing and using novel green chemistry. Eric is receiving his award for his innovations in the recycling of rare earth metals.


More information can be found here.


The Department of Chemistry is deeply saddened to learn of the passing of Professor David Chandler of the University of California, Berkeley. Prof. Chandler spent two years on the faculty of the University of Pennsylvania before beginning his remarkable career at Berkeley.

Dan Mindiola, Presidential Professor of Chemistry, has named as a 2017 Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. More information on the Fellowship program can be found here.

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