News in 2018

December 2018

Hee Jong has has been awarded an NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface graduate training fellowship, well done!

A collaborative manuscript with the Pierce lab (UPenn) to understand epigenetic mechanisms behind transgenerational cocaine addiction and behavioral consequences is published in the European Journal of Neuroscience.

The Garcia Lab says goodbye to Ranran, who will be starting a new position at MD Anderson in Houston, best of luck!

The Garcia Lab had the annual Holiday Party with food, games and a gift exchange. Bhanu won the best “ugliest” sweater contest, although there were several top contenders.

Sam’s preprint of his nucleics acids search enginine computaitonal platform is picking up by the Proteomics News BlogSpot.

The Garcia Lab participates in the Chemistry-Biology Interface Symposium. Simone gave a talk, and several members gave posters including Joe who won second place for his poster presentation.

Dylan and John’s review on cancer epigenetics is published in Expert Review in Proteomics.

Stephanie is awarded a Michael S. Brown Penn-GSK Postdoctoral Fellowship, congrats!

November 2018

Ben returns from BGS graduate student recruiting at the ABRCMS conference in Indianapolis. Former Garcia Lab summer student Nia Harmon gave an excellent talk.

The Garcia Lab returns from the Department/BMB graduate program retreat at the Poconos Mountains. We had several poster presentations (Josue, Yekaterina, Sam, Kevin, Richard, Mariel C, Mariel M, Dylan and Laura). Mariel C won second place in the poster competition and Ben defended his “Student Outreach” award title.

Anumita, Geoff and Jen present at the annual Biomedical Postdoctoral Research Symposium on campus, nice work!

Collaborations with the Kashina lab (UPenn) on the human arginylome, and with the Berger lab on histone modifications changes in clinically abnormal sperm are published in Scientific Reports, and the Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics, respectively.

The Garcia Lab says goodbye to Mariana Lopes, our visiting graduate student who will be going back to Brazil to finish her PhD studies.

Ben is named the John McCrea Dickson M.D. Presidential Professor.

October 2018

The Garcia Lab welcomes our two new Chemistry rotation students Alice Wei and Tongheng Chen to the lab.

The Garcia Lab welcomes our new postdoc Stephanie Miller Lehman to Philly.

Ben is interviewed by The Analytical Scientist, read here.

Kelly’s manuscript describing  Top and Middle Down Hydrogen-Deuterium exchange MS approaches for probing nucleosomal conformation is published in Structure.

Ben participates in a Panel Discussion on the past, present and future of quantitative proteomics for the ProteomicsNOW MS Virtual Event ( sponsored by Thermo Fisher Scientific and Wiley Publishing.

Our collaboration with the Greenberg Lab describing the effect of phosphorylation on TIP60 during DNA damage is published in Molecular and Cellular Biology.

The Garcia Lab returns from a great experience at the HUPO 2018 conference in Orlando, FL. We had multiple poster presentations from the lab (Kasia, Jen, Josue, John, Dylan, Kevin, Mariel M, Amber, Joe, Yekaterina, Bhanu, Peder and Geoff). Amber was also chosen as one of 8 Finalists for the PhD Poster Competition, where she gave a 3 min short talk on her work. Later she was selected as one of the 3 winners of the competition!  Laura, Mariel and Ben gave talks, and Yekaterina won a travel award. Overall, it was a fantastic conference and fun time.

September 2018

Collaboration with the Locasale lab (Duke) to understand acetate production from glucose is published in Cell.

Congratulations to Simone, who has accepted an offer to start his own lab at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine!

Our collaborative work with the Strome lab (UC Santa Cruz) to understand epigenetic memory and transmission of histone H3K36 methylation is published in Genetics.

Mariel M has been awarded an NIH Diversity Supplement grant award from the National Cancer Institute, congrats!

The Garcia lab welcomes Janice Reynaga and Neha Srikumar (both BMB graduate students) to the lab for the fall rotation.

August 2018

Yekaterina has been selected receive a travel award to present her work at the 2018 HUPO World Congress next month, congrats.

Ben Garcia is named to the editorial board of Molecular Omics, read here.

The Garcia Lab has a fun time at the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics picnic. Kevin, Laura, Simone, Bella, Alina and Ben even helped the department team (“RNAces”) beat the Physiology department in the big softball game 4-3 (Bella even knocked in the winning run!).

Amber has been named a finalist for the PhD Poster Competition at next month’s World HUPO Congress. She will give a short presentation and compete against 7 other finalists, read here. Good luck!

The Garcia Lab says goodbye to Dr. Kelly Karch, who will travel the world before moving onto a postdoc position.

The Garcia Lab also says goodbye to our summer undergrad and HS researchers: Emily, Maura, Bella, Ayushi and Nia. Thanks for all the hard work!

Collaborative papers with Gerd Blobel (CHOP) and Jenny Brodbelt (UT Austin) are published in Science and the Journal of Proteome Research, respectively.

July 2018

The Garcia Lab has their annual Summer Lab Party. It was a really good time, lots of food (histone salad and nucleosome cake) and sports activities. Congratulations to Kevin and Simone (“Kev-mone”) for overcoming their differences and coming together to win the Wii Boxing Tournament!

Mariel C presented a poster on her work at the first annual Office of Research and Diversity Training Research Symposium here on campus.

Amber’s NIH F31 NRSA Predoctoral Fellowship is funded by the National Cancer Institute, congratulations!

Excited to announce that John Wojcik has officially started as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine here at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. Congratulations John, and looking forward to big things in the future from your new lab!

Ben and Donita Brady (Cancer Biology) are interviewed to discuss the Presidential Professorship and diversity in science by UPenn’s Office of Inclusion and Diversity (OID). This interview was included in the OID Annual Report (Page 7) which can be read here.

Hendrik Weisser from STORM Therapeutics visits the Garcia Lab and gives a seminar on the latest in RNA modifications analysis for therapeutic use.

Khadija has been awarded an NIH Pharmacology T32 graduate training fellowship, congrats!

Ben has been featured on the American Chemical Society (ACS) Scholars Alumni Profile Series, read here.

June 2018

The Garcia Lab returns from a fun and very successful ASMS Conference, where Anumita, Congcong and Simone gave great talks; and Sam, Richard, Ranran, Minghui, Mariana and Zuo-Fei presented posters. Oh and Ben also received the Biemann Medal! Read the official UPenn press release here, and a Proteomics blogspot recap here.

Our previous MCP article “A novel quantitative mass spectrometry platform for determining protein O-GlcNAcylation dynamics,” has been selected to appear in a special virtual JBC issue of ASBMB journals  focusing on “Omics of lipids, glycans and polar metabolites.”

The Garcia Lab welcomes our summer undergraduate students Maura Gibbs (Oberlin College), Nia Harmon (Florida State University) and Emily Pillet (Drexel University) to the  group.

Graduate student Khadija Wilson joins the Garcia Lab, welcome aboard!

Amber’s collaboration with the Bonasio Lab to annotate ncRNAs in the ant brain is published in Cell Reports. Other collaborations with the Reinberg lab (NYU), Reilly lab and Janicki lab are also published in Molecular CellScience Translational Medicine and JBC.

May 2018

Zuo-Fei’s EpiProfile 2.0 manuscript is published in the Journal of Proteome Research, and our collaboration with the Eckenhoff lab to identify propofol binding sites on kinesin is published in JBC, congrats!

Yekaterina has been awarded an NIH Chemistry-Biology Interface graduate training fellowship, congrats!

The Garcia Lab hosts the First Annual BMB 500 racing competition for the BMB graduate program. Mariel M and Mariel C finished 8th and 4th, respectively. Nice job!

Lucy graduates from Penn, congrats! Next stop some traveling and then onto medical school.

Richard receives a travel award from the Delaware Valley MS Discussion Group to attend the upcoming ASMS conference where he will be presenting a poster, congrats!

Geoff has been awarded a Damon Runyon Postdoctoral Fellowship, congrats!

April 2018

Ben Garcia will receive the Biemann Medal at this year’s American Society for Mass Spectrometry Conference. Read more about it here.

Our second year students, Mariel M, Yekaterina and Richard all pass their 2nd year prelim examinations, congrats!

Alina Garcia works in the lab for “Bring your child to work day”.

Graduate student Heejong Kim joins the Garcia Lab (joint student with the Murakami lab), welcome!

Anumita gives a talk at GSK during the Michael Brown Postdoctoral Program Symposium.

Peder’s collaboration with the Wu lab (UPenn) to investigate aerobic and anaerobic mechanisms in the gut microbiome are published in PNAS. Additionally, Kasia’s collaboration with the Witze lab (UPenn) on Wnt signaling promotion of melanoma is published in Elife, and a collaboration with th4e Reinberg lab (NYU) on PRC2 activity is published in Molecular Cell.

March 2018

Abby is awarded the Joel Barrish Fellowship from the Penn Chemistry Department to support her summer research work, congrats!

The Garcia Lab attends the US HUPO Conference in Minneapolis. Peder, Josue, Laura and John gave talks, while Anumita and Kelly presented posters and lightning talks. Kevin also led an evening career workshop.

Ben Garcia is named the next chair of the NIH Enabling Bioanalytical and Imaging Technologies (EBIT) study section.

The Garcia Lab welcomes our newest members, QE-HF, QE-HFX and Altis to Philly!

Our collaboration with the Eckenhoff lab to identify anesthetic drug binding sites on the GABA receptor is published in the FASEB Journal. Johayra and Simone’s review paper on the connection between metabolism and epigenetics is published in Proteomics.

February 2018

Kelly becomes the first Garcia Lab UPenn student to defend her PhD thesis. Congrats Dr. Karch!

Mariel C’s collaboration with the Berger and Capell labs here at UPenn on MLL4 regulation of epithelial progenitor gene expression is published (, congrats!

January 2018

Laura Romano (PGG) joins us for the winter rotation, welcome!

Our collaboration with the Klein lab “Phosphoproteomics reveals that glycogen synthase kinase-3 phosphorylates multiple splicing factors and is associated with alternative splicing” has been selected as the representative ‘Genomics and proteomics’ article for the 2017 retrospective collection called “The year in JBC: 2017”. Read about it here.

The Garcia Lab says goodbye to Sara on her new industrial position, best of luck!