Dan Mindiola named Guggenheim Fellow

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

Madeleine Joullié to Receive Provost Award

Professor Madeleine Joullié has been selected to receive a 2017 Penn Provost Award for Distinguished Ph.D. Teaching and Mentoring. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 25.

David Christianson to Receive Lindback Award

Roy and Diana Vagelos Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology David Christianson has been selected to receive a 2017 Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching. The award will be presented at a ceremony on Tuesday, April 25.

Physical Chemistry Seminar (Adam Smith, University of Akron)

Thu, 2017-03-30 13:00 - 14:00

Biography Adam W. Smith was born in Texas and grew up in Utah. He was an undergraduate at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City, where he did in research on the gas phase electronic spectroscopy of diatomic metal carbides with Michael Morse. He then entered the chemistry PhD program at MIT and joined the lab of Andrei Tokmakoff. His thesis research was to investigate the structure and dynamics of proteins and peptides with femtosecond 2D IR spectroscopy. After graduating in 2008, Adam moved to UC Berkeley to do postdoctoral work with Jay T Groves. There he focused on problems in membrane biophysics and cell signaling using a wide range of advanced fluorescence microscopy methods including two-photon imaging, patterned photoactivation, single molecule imaging, photoactivated localization microscopy (PALM), and pulsed interleaved excitation fluorescence cross-correlation spectroscopy (PIE-FCCS). After his postdoc, Adam was a visiting scientist at the National University of Singapore and then briefly employed at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. In 2012 he started his own lab at the University of Akron, where he is currently an Assistant Professor of Chemistry.


 The plasma membrane is the boundary between a cell and its surroundings. At the membrane, cells present an array of protein receptors that process environmental cues. The spatial and temporal arrangement of these receptors is critical to function, but the chemical forces driving this organization are not well understood. Membrane protein dimerization, for example, is a key regulator of many receptor pathways, but its role in others is still controversial or completely unknown. Assembly of receptor complexes upon ligand stimulation is central to many signaling pathways, but the kinetics and thermodynamics of the assembly process are still poorly understood. Lipids in the membrane have been hypothesized to play many structural and regulatory roles in receptor activation, but the details of the lipid-protein interface are still largely unexplored because of experimental difficulties. I will describe two ongoing projects in my group. In the first project we investigate membrane protein interactions in live cells using PIE-FCCS and related methods. These efforts have led to several key insights into the organization and activation mechanism of receptors like plexins, growth factor receptors, and visual photoreceptors. The second project is to resolve the details of lipid-protein coupling in model membranes to build a more complete picture of the chemical landscape that governs cell communication.


Lynch Lecture Hall Chemistry Complex


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Karen Goldberg Joining Penn Chemistry

Karen I. Goldberg, the Nicole A. Boand Endowed Professor in Chemistry at the University of Washington, will be joining the Penn Chemistry Department in September 2017 as the first Vagelos Professor of Energy Research. Prof. Goldberg will also serve as Director of the new Vagelos Center for Energy Research.


Chemistry Students Named 2017 Dean's Scholars

The School of Arts and Sciences has named twenty 2017 Dean's Scholars from across the school. Three Chemistry students have been recognized.


2017 Hirschmann Visiting Professor III (Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Thu, 2017-02-23 12:00 - 13:00
Professor Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lynch Lecture Hall
Attached Document: 
III. Fish Swimming: A Quantitative Behavioral Analysis

Event 2017 Hirschmann Visiting Professor II (Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Wed, 2017-02-22 13:00 - 14:00
Professor Martin Gruebele, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Lynch Lecture Hall
Attached Document: 
II. Single Molecule Absorption Spectroscopy and Surface Glass Dynamics by STM

Dr. Lijun Fan (GlaxoSmithKline) Seminar

Mon, 2017-03-06 12:00 - 13:00

Lynch Lecture Hall Chemistry Complex

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Alumni Event at APS March Meeting in New Orleans

Tue, 2017-03-14 18:00 - 20:00

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Balcony L

555 Canal Street

New Orleans, LA 70130

(504) 581-1000

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Please join us for the Penn Chemistry Alumni Social and Networking Reception. All Penn Chemistry and Physics alumni and presenters are welcome.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

6:00 - 8:00 PM


Please RSVP to by March 10, 2017.

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