Benjamin L. Prosser, Ph.D.
Background and CV Highlights
Dr. Benjamin (Ben) Prosser is an Associate Professor of Physiology at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Medicine under Dr. Martin Schneider at the University of Maryland School of Medicine in 2009, and then completed his post-doc in Molecular Cardiology under Dr. Jon Lederer at Maryland in 2013. Dr. Prosser started his own group at the University of Pennsylvania in 2014 with a focus on cardiac mechanobiology and was named the Outstanding Early Career Investigator by the American Heart Association in 2017. In 2020, he became Associate Director of the historic Pennsylvania Muscle as well as lead coordinator of a Leducq Trans-Atlantic Network of Excellence – an international consortium of researchers investigating the role of the cytoskeleton in cardiac remodeling and heart failure. The Prosser Lab is broadly interested in the cytoskeletal and nuclear mechanobiology of the heart, with a particular focus on the cardiac microtubule network. In 2021, Dr. Prosser was named a fellow of the International Society of Heart Research (ISHR), and will be named the Outstanding Investigator for the ISHR in 2022.
In 2018, Dr. Prosser’s daughter Lucy was born and diagnosed with STXBP1 encephalopathy, a rare, genetic neurodevelopmental disorder. Dr. Prosser started a separate research arm in his lab focused on developing new therapies for STXBP1 and related disorders. With Dr. Beverly Davidson at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia he has organized the ENDD (Epilepsy and NeuroDevelopmental Disorders) therapeutics team, an interdisciplinary group of clinicians and scientists primarily focused on developing RNA-based and other genetic therapies for neurodevelopmental disorders.
Baltimore, MD (home of more than just “The Wire”, and GO RAVENS)
2005 – B.S. Honors in Biomechanics, Wake Forest University
2009 – Ph.D Molecular Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine
2014- Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.
2019- Associate Director, Pennsylvania Muscle Institute, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.
2021- Associate Professor, Department of Physiology, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.
2011 Outstanding Post-Doctoral Fellow of the Year. University of Maryland School of Medicine
2017 Linda Montague Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award – Penn Medicine
2017 American Heart Association (AHA) Outstanding Early Career Investigator Award – BCVS
2017 Rising Star Award – Cardiovascular Research Institute of Vermont
2018 Alumnus of the Year – University of Maryland School of Medicine
2021 Fellow – International Society of Heart Research (ISHR)
2022 Chair-Elect, Gordon Research Conference “Cardiac Regulatory Mechanisms”
2022 Outstanding Investigator Award, International Society of Heart Research (ISHR)
2006- Member, Biophysical Society
2012- Member, Cardiac Muscle Society
2016- Member, American Heart Association (AHA)
2019- Member, Scientific Advisory Board, STXBP1 Foundation
2021- Member, Scientific Advisory Board, SYNGAP Research Fund