Penn Biologists Characterize New Form of mRNA Regulation

In a new report in the journal Plant Cell, University of Pennsylvania biologists used material from both humans and plants to examine chemical modifications to messenger RNA, or mRNA, finding that the modifications appear to play a significant role in the process by which mRNAs either survive and become translated into protein or are targeted for degradation.

Penn Senior Jennifer Hebert Wins Rhodes Scholarship

University of Pennsylvania senior Jennifer (Jenna) Hebert from Pittsburgh, Pa., has won the prestigious Rhodes Scholarship. She plans to pursue a master’s degree in psychiatry at the University of Oxford in England.

New Penn Program Will Support Interdisciplinary Research on Sex and Gender Differences

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have received a $1.9 million award from the Office of Research on Women’s Health at the National Institutes of Health to establish the Building Interdisciplinary Research Careers in Women’s Health program at Penn.

Penn Collaborating in NSF’s Northeast Big Data Innovation Hub

Massive datasets and novel computational techniques are changing how individuals and societies approach day-to-day tasks. Data analytics promise to deliver individually tailored treatment to medical patients, massively reduce energy use in buildings and radically improve teaching methods in schools, among other advances.



  • Diving Deep for Alternative Energy

    The coral reefs under the tiny island nation of Palau are a laboratory unlike anywhere else on the planet, housing creatures with traits that rival the best of human ingenuity.

  • A Bash Between Friends

    The Best Friends Bash brings together patients from CHOP with craniofacial differences and dogs from Penn Vet with similar conditions. Nurses, doctors, and family members are also invited to attend the celebratory event.

  • President's Engagement Prize-Winners Launch Social Impact Projects

    Though they graduated mere weeks ago, five members of Penn’s Class of 2015 have already begun projects destined to make a profound impact on individuals and communities around the world, with support from the President’s Engagement Prizes.

  • A Visit to the Ryan Veterinary Hospital

    A Visit to the Ryan Veterinary Hospital

    At Ryan Veterinary Hospital, the highest levels of medical expertise are matched by deeply human compassion and a recognition of the special bond people have with their animal companions.

  • Helping Pets, Helping People

    Helping Pets, Helping People

    A partnership between Penn Vet’s Shelter Animal Medicine program and Pets for Life enhances the education of veterinary students while providing animals in underserved communities with the care they need—but their owners may not be able to afford.

  • PIK Professor Shelley L. Berger: Revolutionizing Genetic Research

    PIK Professor Shelley L. Berger: Revolutionizing Genetic Research

    A leader in the rapidly changing field of epigenetics, Shelley L. Berger has built a world-class epigenetics program at Penn that she says is distinguished by the diverse and relevant expertise of the science faculty associated with it.

  • Students Glean Insights from an Ancient Skeleton at the Penn Museum

    Students Glean Insights from an Ancient Skeleton at the Penn Museum

    Penn students in the course, Living World in Archaeological Science, offered in the Penn Museum’s Center for the Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM), have learned about scientific analysis of skeletal rem…

  • PIK Prof Rakesh Vohra: An Interdisciplinary Innovator

    PIK Professor Rakesh Vohra: An Interdisciplinary Innovator

    Drawing from the seemingly disparate fields of economics, electrical engineering, and computer science, Rakesh Vohra’s work requires the support of an institution resolutely committed to interdisciplinary research—a level of commitment he says few institutions beyond Penn have.

  • Penn Team Pilots Sweet Bites in Bangalore

    Penn Team Pilots Sweet Bites in Bangalore

    Last March, an interdisciplinary team of Penn undergraduate students beat out 11,000 applicants worldwide to be named one of six regional winners of the Hult Prize, a $1 million challenge inviting university students to create a start-up addressing global issues.

Penn in the news

Former Angels Star Rod Carew Opens Up About Massive Heart Attack, Challenging Recovery November 23, 2015 | Los Angeles Times

Mariell Jessup of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on heart disease patients that are living with a left ventricular assist device.

NFL Investigating Why QB Kept Playing After Concussion November 23, 2015 | CBS News

Douglas Smith of the Perelman School of Medicine shares his advice about removing players from the field after suffering head trauma.

Early Lead Exposure Linked to Sleep Problems November 23, 2015 | Scientific American

Jianghong Liu of the School of Nursing is quoted for leading a study that reveals that lead exposure in early childhood is connected to an increased risk for sleep problems.

Doctors Debate Safety of Their White Coats November 19, 2015 | Boston Globe

Neil Fishman of the Perelman School of Medicine comments on a debate regarding the safety of white coats.

A Guide to Talking With Children About Paris Attacks November 17, 2015 | Associated Press

Steven Berkowitz of the Perelman School of Medicine offers his advice on how to discuss the violence in Paris with children.

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