Benjamin Garcia has been named the first Presidential Term Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, effective June 1. The announcement was made by Penn President Amy Gutmann and Provost Vincent Price.
Garcia will be Presidential Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics in Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine , with secondary appointments in the Department of Bioengineering in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and in the Department of Chemistry in the School of Arts and Sciences.
"I am delighted that Ben Garcia is joining us as Penn’s first Presidential Professor," Gutmann said. "He is a brilliant young scholar and researcher whose pioneering work in cell biology and proteomics has placed him at the forefront of his field, earning him numerous awards, including a Presidential Early Career Award, the highest honor bestowed by the federal government on young scientists and engineers. Ben is the consummate interdisciplinary scholar, and he will add further distinction to our eminent faculty."
Garcia is currently assistant professor of molecular biology at Princeton University, where he has taught since 2008, following three years as an NIH-NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at the Institute for Genomic Biology of the University of Illinois. His pioneering research involves developing new mass spectrometry methods and bioinformatic computational tools to examine critical modifications in cellular proteins that alter and control their functions.
In addition to the Presidential Early Career Award, Garcia has received more than a dozen major awards, including a National Science Foundation Early Career Award, a National Institutes of Health Director’s New Innovator Award and an Alfred P. Sloan Research Fellowship.