Biemann Medal

The Biemann Medal recognizes significant achievement made in the early stages of a career.

Nominations are due November 30. Nomination Form (PDF fill-in form). The Biemann Medal is awarded to an individual early in his or her career in recognition of significant achievement in basic or applied mass spectrometry. The Biemann Medal was established by contributions from students, postdoctoral associates and friends to honor Professor Klaus Biemann.


  • Nominees must be within the first 15 years of receiving the Ph.D. in the year nomination is considered. This is a general guideline and exceptions will be considered. Exceptions should be requested in the letter of nomination.
  • Eligibility is restricted to members of ASMS.

Nominations are held for three years so long as the date of PhD is still within the eligible range. The award is conferred at the ASMS Annual Conference with the presentation of a $5,000 cash award, the Biemann Medal, and the award lecture.

2018 Recipient:  Benjamin A. Garcia

Garcia_Biemann Medal-01Dr.  Benjamin A. Garcia is the recipient of the 2018 Biemann Medal for contributions to elucidation of the “histone code”, the set of posttranslational modifications (PTMs) to histone proteins that are thought to regulate gene expression.  The Garcia lab has developed a number of experimental and computational methods to detect novel histone PTMs, quantify their relative abundances, monitor in vivo histone PTM dynamics, and characterize distinct histone PTMs on specific genome locations.

Dr. Garcia has pioneered high-throughput “bottom-up” proteomic methods for detection of histone PTMs and quantitative comparison of multiple cellular states, and “middle down” proteomic approaches that facilitate computation of specific combinatorial histone proteoforms.  These methods have made unique impact in chromatin biology and epigenetics research, and have been fully embraced by a growing number of research groups from all over the world.

Dr. Garcia is the Presidential Professor of Biochemistry and Biophysics at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine.