Penn Scientist, Trevor M. Penning, PhD, Given National Postdoctoral Association 2010 Distinguished Service Award

January 22, 2010

Penn Medicine News Release

Trevor M. Penning, PhD, director of the Center of Excellence in Environmental Toxicology at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, will receive The National Postdoctoral Association (NPA) 2010 Distinguished Service Award at the NPA’s 8th Annual Meeting, to be held March 12-14 in Philadelphia. Dr. Penning is recognized in the postdoctoral community as a longtime advocate on behalf of postdoctoral scholars, both on the home and national fronts. He is also professor of Pharmacology, Biochemistry and Biophysics, and OB/GYN. Dr. Penning is internationally recognized for his research on steroid hormone enzymology and mechanisms by which polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons cause cancer. He oversaw the formation of the postdoctoral office at Penn, one of the first in the country, and served as the Director of the Office of Postdoctoral Programs, and Associate Dean for Postdoctoral Research Training, School of Medicine from 1997 to 2001, and as Director of Biomedical Postdoctoral Programs from 2001 to 2005.

For more information on the 2010 NPA award, please refer to the NPA release at


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