Roy and Diana Vagelos Director of the Vagelos Scholars Program in Molecular Life Sciences
Ponzy Lu is Professor of Chemistry and the inaugural Roy and Diana Vagelos Director of the Vagelos Scholars Program in Molecular Life Sciences (MLS). The MLS program, which offers an enhanced biochemistry curriculum combined with summer research participation at Penn, was established in 1997. Dr. Lu is the program’s founding director.
Lu is also chair of the undergraduate biochemistry program, a role he has served in since 1982. He is the recipient ofPenn Arts & Sciences’ Dean’s Award for Mentorship of Undergraduate Research, which recognizes faculty members who have excelled in nurturing students’ abilities to conduct meaningful research. He held an NIH Career Award during his early years at Penn. He was an Arthritis Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow at the Max-Planck Institut in Göttingen and the Institut für Genetik at the Universität zu Köln; an EMBO Visiting Fellow at the Université de Genève; and a CNRS Fellow at the Université Aix-Provence. He completed his formal education at California Institute of Technology and MIT.
About the Donor
P. Roy Vagelos, a chemistry major who graduated from Penn in 1950 before going on to receive a medical degree from Columbia University, is the retired chairman and chief executive officer of Merck & Co.