The University appointed Gregory Bowman, a professor in the School of Engineering and Applied Science and Perelman School of Medicine, as the next Penn Integrates Knowledge University Professor on March 28.
Bowman holds the Louis Heyman University Professorship in the Department of Bioengineering in the Engineering School and the Department of Biochemistry and Biophysics in the Medical School. Penn Integrates Knowledge Professors must teach in two or more of Penn’s 12 schools.
Bowman's research focuses on addressing global health problems, such as Alzheimer’s disease and COVID-19, by studying how proteins function and malfunction.
Bowman directs Folding@home, which uses simulations powered by supercomputers to simulate protein dynamics in diseases. Folding@home allows anybody with a computer to run simulations and has reached over 200,000 participants to date.
Bowman’s published works include “How to run FAST simulations” and “An overview and practical guide to building Markov state models.”
“Greg Bowman’s novel work holds enormous promise and potential to advance new forms of personalized medicine, an area of considerable strength for Penn. A gifted researcher and consummate collaborator, we are delighted to count him among our distinguished PIK University Professors,” President Liz Magill told Penn Today.
Organizations that support Bowman’s research include the National Institutes of Health, the National Institute on Aging, and the Packard Foundation. His recognitions include the NSF CAREER Award, and the Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award.
“[Bowman] brings together supercomputers, biophysics, and biochemistry to make a vital impact on public health,” Interim Provost Beth Winkelstein told Penn Today. “This brilliant fusion of methods — in the service of improving people’s lives around the world — will be a tremendous model for the research of our faculty, students, and postdocs in the years ahead.”
Bowman is the second professor to be named a PIK Professor this year. His nomination follows that of René Vidal, who received the position in January.