BMB Faculty Research

(BMB is an interdisciplinary option whose faculty are distributed within the Division of Biology & Biological Engineering and the Division of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering)

 

BMB Faculty

 

BMB Research Focus

Alexei A. Aravin

Assistant Professor of Biology

Small RNAs and regulation of gene expression

Frances H. Arnold

Dickinson Professor of Chemical Engineering and Biochemistry

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In vitro molecular evolution, protein engineering

David Baltimore

Professor of Biology

Transcription factors and intracellular signaling molecules

Jacqueline K. Barton

Arthur and Marian Hanisch Memorial Professor and Professor of Chemistry; Chair, Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

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Chemistry of nucleic acids, design of metal complexes to probe DNA

Pamela J. Bjorkman

Max Delbruck Professor of Biology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Executive Officer for Biology

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Structures of proteins mediating the immune response; protein crystallography

Judith L. Campbell

Professor of Chemistry and Biology

Mechanisms of regulation of DNA replication, repair, and cell cycle progression

David Chan

Professor of Biology

Mitochondrial dynamics in cell physiology and disease

William "Bil" Clemons

Professor of Biochemistry

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Studies of protein synthesis and translocation using macromolecular crystallography

Peter B. Dervan

Bren Professor of Chemistry

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Bioorganic chemistry of proteins and nucleic acids

Raymond Deshaies

Professor of Biology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Homeostasis and the Ubiquitin-Proteasome System in Health and Disease

Dennis A. Dougherty

George Grant Hoag Professor of Chemistry

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Chemical-scale studies of ion channel proteins

William G. Dunphy

Professor of Biology

Regulation of the Cell Cycle and Maintenance of Genomic Integrity

Michael Elowitz

Professor of Biology and Bioengineering

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Biophysics; biocomputing; gene regulation networks and variation in living cells

William A. Goddard III

Charles and Mary Ferkel Professor of Chemistry, Materials Science, and Applied Physics; Director of Materials and Process Simulation Center

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Protein folding, drugs binding to proteins and DNA (theory)

Lea Goentoro

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Physics, dynamics, and molecular mechanisms of cell signaling, gene regulation, and regeneration

Viviana Gradinaru

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Focuses on control of brain function and behavior

Harry B. Gray

Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry; Founding Director, Beckman Institute

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Electron transfer in biological molecules; inorganic photochemistry

Mitchell Guttman

Assistant Professor of Biology

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Mechanisms of large non-coding RNA mediated regulation of gene expression and cell state

Bruce A. Hay

Professor of Biology

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Molecular genetics of cell death

James Heath

Elizabeth W. Gilloon Professor of Chemistry

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Single Cell Methods, with Particular Application to Problems in Oncology and Cancer Immunotherapies

Andre Hoelz

Professor of Biochemistry

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Structure-function studies of the nuclear pore complex and the histone-modifying machinery; X-ray crystallography

Linda Hsieh-Wilson

Professor of Chemistry and Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Bioorganic chemistry; protein structure and function; signal transduction; neurobiology

Rustem F. Ismagilov

John W. and Herberta M. Miles Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

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Biophysics, spatial organization, and dynamics of networks of reactions and microbial communities

Grant Jensen

Professor of Biology

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Structure of large protein machines and their arrangement within cells by cryoelectron microscopy

Mary B. Kennedy

The Allen and Lenabelle Davis Professor of Biology

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Molecular structure and regulation of CNS synapses

Jared R. Leadbetter

Professor Professor of Environmental Microbiology

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Novel microbes with novel metabolic activities

Henry A. Lester

Bren Professor of Biology

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Molecular structure and regulation of CNS synapses

Stephen L. Mayo

Bren Professor of Biology and Chemistry; William K. Bowes Jr. Foundation Chair, Division of Biology

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Protein design, structure, and stability; computer simulation techniques

Sarkis Mazmanian

Luis B. and Nelly Soux Professor of Microbiology

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Markus Meister

Anne P. and Benjamin F. Biaggini Professor of Biological Sciences

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Structure and function of neural circuits

Elliot Meyerowitz

George W. Beadle Professor of Biology; Chair, Division of Biology

Plant biology, plant biotechnology

Thomas Miller

Professor of Chemistry

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Theory and simulation of chemical, biochemical, and soft matter systems

Richard M. Murray

Thomas E. and Doris Everhart Professor of Control and Dynamical Systems and Bioengineering

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Analysis and design of biomolecular feedback systems

Dianne K. Newman

Professor of Biology and Geobiology, Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Studies of microbial metabolism (respiration, photosynthesis, non-growth metabolism) using Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Rhodopseudomonas palustris as model systems; studies of the biological function of hopanoids, a class of lipids whose molecular fossils are retained in ancient rocks

Alison E. Ondrus

Assistant Professor of Chemistry

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Metabolite signaling in development and oncogenesis

Carl S. Parker

Professor of Biochemistry

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Transcriptional initiation and the control of gene expression
 

Rob Phillips

Professor of Biophysics and Biology

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Physics of macromolecules and their assemblies

Niles A. Pierce

Professor of Applied & Computational Mathematics and Bioengineering

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 Engineering small conditional DNAs and RNAs for signal transduction in vitro, in situ, and in vivo; computational algorithms for the analysis and design of nucleic acid systems; programmable molecular instruments for readout and regulation of cell state

Douglas C. Rees

Roscoe Gilkey Dickinson Professor of Chemistry; Full Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute; Executive Officer for Chemistry; Executive Officer for Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics

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Macromolecular crystallography; structure and function of proteins and nucleic acids

Ellen V. Rothenberg

Professor of Biology

 Control of gene expression in lymphocyte development

Paul Rothmund

Research Professor

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Artificial DNA and RNA nanostructures as templates for technological and biological devices

Shu-ou Shan

Professor of Chemistry

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 Macromolecular machines; protein sorting and localization; molecular recognition and regulation of novel GTPases

Mikhail Shapiro

Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering

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Molecular engineering for imaging and remote control of cellular function in vivo

Angelike Stathopoulos

Professor of Biology

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 Whole genome approach to studying gastrulation in Drosophila

Paul W. Sternberg

Thomas Hunt Morgan Professor of Biology; Investigator, Howard Hughes Medical Institute

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Signal transduction and transcription networks in C. elegans

Matt Thomson

Assistant Professor of Computational Biology


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Applying mathematical models to engineer and control cell behavior

David Tirrell

Ross McCollum-William H. Corcoran Professor and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering

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 Biocatalysis; biomaterials; polymer science; protein engineering; macromolecular chemistry

Alexander Varshavsky

Howard and Gwen Laurie Smits Professor of Cell Biology

 Intracellular protein degradation and the N-end rule

Rebecca Voorhees

Incoming Assistant Professor of Biology - 2017

Structural and functional studies of protein biosynthesis and quality control; cryo-electron microscopy
Zhen-Gang Wang

Lawrence A. Hanson Jr. Professor of Chemical Engineering

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Theoretical and computational study of soft matter, macromolecular and biophysics systems

Erik Winfree

Professor

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Nucleic acid engineering and molecular programming

Barbara J. Wold

Bren Professor of Molecular Biology; Director, Beckman Institute

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Regulation of muscle differentiation

Kai G. Zinn

Professor of Biology

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Molecular mechanisms of nervous system development