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Affiliated Faculty

Andrew Berger, Ph.D
Andrew Berger, Ph.D

Berger Lab

Optics
Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: Biomedical optics, specifically spectroscopic diagnostic techniques

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Paul Boutz, Ph.D.
Paul Boutz, Ph.D.

Boutz Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: Regulation of pre-mRNA splicing and polyadenylation in healthy and diseased states; the contribution of RNA processing to cancer biology; effects of small molecule drugs on RNA processing and gene expression.

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Kara Bren, Ph.D.
Kara Bren, Ph.D.

Bren Lab

Chemistry
Research Interest: Bioinorganic and Biophysical Chemistry of Metalloproteins

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Regine Choe, Ph.D.
Regine Choe, Ph.D.

Choe Lab

Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: Diffuse optics for in vivo cancer detection, diagnosis and therapy monitoring

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Mark Dumont, Ph.D.
Mark Dumont, Ph.D.

Dumont Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Pediatrics
Research Interest: Signal transduction; membrane protein structure, yeast molecular biology

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Dmitri Ermolenko, Ph.D.
Dmitri Ermolenko, Ph.D.

Ermolenko Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Biology
Research Interest: Structural dynamics of the ribosome and ribosomal ligands during proteins synthesis, regulation of protein synthesis by mRNA structure in normal and diseased cells, and mechanisms of antibiotic action.

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.
Sina Ghaemmaghami, Ph.D.

Ghaemmaghami Lab

Biology
Research Interest: Molecular mechanisms of prion propagation and pathogenesis

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Alan Grossfield, Ph.D.
Alan Grossfield, Ph.D.

Grossfield Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: Investigating membranes and membrane proteins via computer simulation

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Jeffrey Hayes, Ph.D.
Jeffrey Hayes, Ph.D.

William A. Bernhard Memorial Lab

Hayes Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: Regulation of transcription, nuclear processes, related to chromatin structure and function

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Paul Kammermeier, Ph.D.
Paul Kammermeier, Ph.D.

Kammermeier Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: G protein coupled receptor signaling and modulation of ion channels in neurons

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Clara Kielkopf, Ph.D.
Clara Kielkopf, Ph.D.

Kielkopf Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: Splicing defects in hematologic malignancies; roles of human pre-mRNA splicing factors in HIV-1 infectivity; development of engineered splicing factors for correction of splicing defects; splice sites and their associated proteins as therapeutic targets.

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Todd Krauss, Ph.D.
Todd Krauss, Ph.D.

Krauss Lab

Chemistry
Research Interest: Understanding the fundamental properties of materials with a size in between individual molecules and macroscopic objects

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Xin Li, Ph.D.
Xin Li, Ph.D.

Li Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: Epigenetic inheritance, small silencing non-coding RNAs, translational control, lead toxicity, and comparative genomics.

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
David MacLean, Ph.D.
David MacLean, Ph.D.

MacLean Lab

Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Mechanisms of neurotransmitter receptor function

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Lynne Maquat, Ph.D.
Lynne Maquat, Ph.D.

Maquat Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: RNA metabolism in human cells (nonsense-mediated mRNA decay/mRNA surveillance); influence of pre-mRNA splicing on mRNA translation; Staufen-mediated mRNA decay and Staufen-regulated RNA metabolism; post-transcriptional gene control via lncRNAs and SINEs; miRNA metabolism; Fragile X Mental Retardation Syndrome/Autism; therapeutics of nonsense diseases.

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
David Mathews, M.D., Ph.D.
David Mathews, M.D., Ph.D.
Director

Mathews Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: Computational biology of RNA, including structure prediction, molecular dynamics, and genomics.

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
David McCamant, Ph.D.
David McCamant, Ph.D.

McCamant Lab

Chemistry
Research Interest: Ultrafast Spectroscopy and Photophysics

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
James McGrath, Ph.D.
James McGrath, Ph.D.

McGrath Lab

Biomedical Engineering
Research Interest: Cell Motility, and Quantitative light microscopy

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Anne Meyer, Ph.D.
Anne Meyer, Ph.D.

Meyer Lab

Biology
Research Interest: Bacterial stress response; 3D Printing of Bacteria; Biomaterials

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Benjamin Miller, Ph.D.
Benjamin Miller, Ph.D.

Benjamin Miller Lab

Dermatology
Biomedical Engineering
Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: Carbohydrate and protein recognition, molecular design, and biomolecular sensing

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Joshua Munger, Ph.D.
Joshua Munger, Ph.D.

Munger Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Mechanisms of metabolic network manipulation induced by viral infection and oncogenic mutation.

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Mitchell O'Connell, Ph.D.
Mitchell O'Connell, Ph.D.

O'Connell Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: Biochemical mechanisms of RNA-mediated gene regulation; RNA-targeting CRISPR tool development

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Eric Phizicky, Ph.D.
Eric Phizicky, Ph.D.

Phizicky Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: tRNA biogenesis, function and quality control; intellectual disability due to deficiencies in tRNA modifications.

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Lewis Rothberg, Ph.D.
Lewis Rothberg, Ph.D.

Rothberg Lab

Chemistry
Research Interest: Organic Electronics, Plasmon-enhanced Spectroscopy and Biomolecular Sensing

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Gaurav Sharma, Ph.D.
Gaurav Sharma, Ph.D.

Sharma Lab

Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Interest: Computational biology of RNA; RNA comparative sequence analysis; RNA structure prediction; analysis of HIV RNA genomes.

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.
Juilee Thakar, Ph.D.

Thakar Lab

Microbiology & Immunology
Research Interest: Systems approach utilizing bioinformatics, and dynamic modeling tools to study immune response to infections and vaccination.

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Richard Waugh, Ph.D.
Richard Waugh, Ph.D.

Waugh Lab

Biomedical Engineering
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Cell Adhesion, Mechanical and thermodynamic properties of biological membranes; cellular mechanics and function of cytoskeletal proteins

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Joseph Wedekind, Ph.D.
Joseph Wedekind, Ph.D.

Wedekind Lab

Biochemistry & Biophysics
Research Interest: Structure and function analysis of gene regulation by non-protein-coding (nc)RNAs as a basis for therapeutic development.

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Andrew White, Ph.D.
Andrew White, Ph.D.
Chemical Engineering
Research Interest: My group uses experiments, molecular simulations, and machine-learning to design new materials. Experiments answer the essential question of if and how well a material works for a particular application. Molecular simulation provides the molecular insight into why a material works.

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
Axel Wismüller, M.D., Ph.D
Axel Wismüller, M.D., Ph.D

Wismüller Lab

Biomedical Engineering
Imaging Sciences
Electrical & Computer Engineering
Research Interest: Intelligent image acquisition and analysis systems in biomedicine

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program
David Yule, Ph.D.
David Yule, Ph.D.

Yule Lab

Medicine
Pharmacology & Physiology
Research Interest: Mechanisms Underlying Ca2+ Signaling Events in Exocrine Cells

Mentor for Biophysics, Structural & Computational Biology Ph.D. Program