Dennis Discher Named 2015 AAAS Fellow

Dennis E. DischerDennis E. Discher, the Robert D. Bent Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, has been named Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), "for outstanding contributions to the understanding of the effects of matrix and cytoskeletal physical properties and forces on cell physiology and stem cell development."

Discher is among a class of 347 researchers, including three other University of Pennsylvania faculty members, that have been awarded this honor by AAAS because of their scientifically or socially distinguished efforts to advance science or its applications.

Discher joined Penn Engineering in 1996 following a postdoctoral position as a U.S. National Science Foundation International Fellow at the University of British Columbia and Simon Fraser University. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of California, Davis, and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, for studies of cell membrane physics and splicoform function.

Discher holds secondary appointments in Bioengineering and Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics, and he is a member of the Graduate Groups in Cell and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, and Physics.

Discher is the Director of the NCI-designated Physical Sciences Oncology Center at the University of Pennsylvania, PSOC@Penn and an elected member of both the US National Academy of Engineering (Bioengineering, 2012) and the National Academy of Medicine (2015). He has coauthored more than 200 publications with 32,000 citations that range in topic from mechanobiology of nuclei in stem cells and biochemical physics of protein folding to self-assembling block copolymers in simulation and in application to disease, with papers appearing in Science, Cell, PNAS, and various Nature journals.  Honors and Service include a Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers from the US-National Science Foundation, the Friedrich Wilhelm Bessel Award from the Humboldt Foundation of Germany, and membership on the Editorial Board of Science.

New Fellows will be presented with an official certificate and a gold and blue rosette pin on Feb. 13 during the 2016 AAAS Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C.

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