CBC Colloquium Series "Chemical Tools for Probing Biological Systems"


3:30 to 4:30 p.m., April 18, 2024
Dr. David Chenoweth


Dr. David Chenoweth
Professor of Chemistry, Department of Chemistry, University of Pennsylvania



Chemical tools are invaluable for modulating, probing, manipulating, and imaging biological systems. Our laboratory utilizes synthetic chemistry to develop new small and medium sized molecules for probing and monitoring biological systems. Recent examples of tools for spatial and temporal control over macromolecule localization in biological systems will be discussed in addition to new small molecule fluorescent probes for imaging and tracking biological processes. Advances in peptide chemical tools will also be covered along with progress on their biological applications.


Short Bio:

David was born in Indiana and received his B.S. degree in Chemistry from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. After graduation, he completed an internship in organic chemistry at Dow AgroSciences prior to joining the Neuroscience Discovery Chemistry Research department at Eli Lilly in 2000. David left Eli Lilly and headed to Caltech in 2003 to pursue a Ph.D. with Professor Peter Dervan. After graduation in 2009, he moved to MIT to work with Professor Timothy Swager as an NIH Postdoctoral Fellow. David was appointed Assistant Professor in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011, in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics Graduate Group in the Perelman School of Medicine in 2013, and in the Bioengineering Graduate Group in the School of Engineering and Applied Science in 2013. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in July of 2017 and to Full Professor in 2021.

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Hosted by: Dr. Michael Taylor