Benjamin Garcia

University of Pennsylvania


Benjamin A. Garcia obtained his BS in Chemistry at UC Davis in 2000, where he worked as an undergraduate researcher in Prof. Carlito Lebrilla’s laboratory. He then received his PhD in Chemistry in 2005 at the University of Virginia under Prof. Donald Hunt and then was an NIH NRSA Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Illinois under Prof. Neil Kelleher from 2005-2008. From there Ben was appointed as an Assistant Professor in the Molecular Biology Department at Princeton University from 2008-2012, until his recruitment as the Presidential Associate Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in 2012, and was promoted to full Professor in 2016.  The Garcia lab has been developing and applying novel mass spectrometry based proteomic approaches and bioinformatics for interrogating modified proteins and proteomes, especially those involved in epigenetic and chromatin processes, publishing over 250 publications.  Dr. Garcia is on the editorial boards for the Molecular Omics and Molecular and Cellular Proteomics journals, and serves on the Board of Directors for the U.S. Human Proteome Organization (HUPO) and the World HUPO Congress. He also serves on the NSF Biology Advisory committee, and has been selected as and is the Chair of the NIH EBIT standing study section. Dr. Garcia has been recognized with many honors and awards for his quantitative proteomics research including the American Society for Mass Spectrometry (ASMS) Research award, a National Science Foundation Early Faculty CAREER award, an NIH Director’s New Innovator award, the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, PECASE, an Alfred P. Sloan Fellowship, a Biomed Central Research award in Molecular and Cellular Science, the PITTCON Achievement award, the Protein Society Young Investigator award, the American Chemical Society Arthur F. Findeis award and in 2018 the prestigious ASMS Biemann Medal.